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Sustainability Courses

UT Arlington offers sustainability courses in a variety of disciplines, and we're adding more every semester. These classes prepare students from all academic backgrounds to analyze the connections between social, economic, cultural, and environmental phenomena and address global concerns about the future. 

School of Architecture Honors College College of Liberal Arts
College of Business College of Engineering
College of Science School of Urban and Public Affairs

The Sustainable Engineering Minor prepares students in all engineering disciplines to ask questions and analyze problems from a sustainable engineering perspective, and develop sustainable solutions. Sustainable Engineering may be defined as engineering for human development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Due to population growth and expanded global development, the next generation of engineers must be able design with fewer resources for a wider variety and greater number of end users. To receive a minor in Sustainable Engineering, 6 courses are required, for a total of 18 hours.

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Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ESS) Minors and faculty who teach environmental and sustainability courses: please join ESS Facebook Group, called ESS Minors at UTA. Feel free to post information about ESS courses, or related programs, events, etc.

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The requirements for the minor are straightforward. 1. Take the core course, ESST 2300. 2. Take 15 more hours of courses approved for the ESS Minor, including at least one course from Group One (Liberal Arts, Social Science, and Business) and at least one course from Group Two (Natural Sciences and Engineering). At least 6 hours must be taken in 3000 or 4000 level courses. (See below for approved courses for the ESS minor. Also note that Independent studies, Honors theses, capstone courses with senior projects, studio or design courses, internships, may all be eligible for the ESS minor if the student concentrates on topics related to environmental or sustainability studies. Email Dr. Alaimo for approval.

ESS APPROVED COURSES for Maymester and Summer 2014:

LING 4362/5362 Language Documentation. Instructor: Colleen Fitzgerald. Summer session 1, MTWR 1 pm - 3 pm in GS 104. (reg# 54006) This course will count for ESS credit if the student chooses the Ethnobotany 1 & 2 or the Ethnobiology 1&2 CoLang workshop sequences to attend, and if the student's final project work is on a project that relates to traditional ecological knowledge as approved by the instructor. Note: instructor has several ongoing projects on TEK (traditional ecological knowledge) where students can contribute.Full information about all the activities of CoLang 2014 are online at

BIOL 2343: Evolution and Ecology, Maymester, DeVito.

BIOL 2343: Evolution and Ecology, Summer II. DeVito

CE 3334: Principles of Environmental Engineering, 11-Week Summer Session. MW 8-9:50.

CE 4232: Landfill Design. 11-Week Summer Session. MW 10:30-12:30.

CANCELLED! CIRP 4391 "Studies in City and Regional Planning."Summer II MTWR 10:30-12:20, Andrew Whittemore .

GEOG 1302: Introduction to Human Geography. 11-week summer session. Andrew J. Milson, MW 1:00-2:50

GEOL 4305 - 045 SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOLOGY: Intro to Environmental Studies. Summer I, online. Ashanti Turner. [Cancelled for summer; will be offered in the fall.]

[New ESS course for Summer II]: INTS 4388 sec 002 Dian Nostikasari. MoTuWeTh 10:30AM - 12:30PM
"The class will discusses food insecurity and poverty issues that are situated within an urban/metropolitan region context. We will discuss the problem of food insecurity; social and spatial structures of cities and metropolitan regions; how communities across the DFW have unequal access to healthy and affordable food options due to their surrounding built environment; and how the food supply system and big companies affect how people access food. We will learn about various neighborhoods in the DFW Metroplex that are designated as food deserts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The course will consist of lectures, discussion groups, and assignments that are oriented for service learning."


Core Course for ESS: ESST 2300/HIST 4388. MWF 10-10:50, Chris Morris. (This course is required for all ESS Minors.)

GROUP 1 - Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Business

ARCH 3331: Architecture and Environment, MW 5:30-6:50

ART 3357: Sustainable Design. T/R 2:00: 4:50

CIRP 4320 - 001 Sustainable Communities
Tu 3:00PM - 5:50PM, Dr. Yekang Ko. This course course explores broad environmental and social issues in sustainable communities. Potential topics include urban water management, food and resources, wildlife conservation, native landscaping, waste management, green building, housing diversity, public transportation and community participation. The course serves as a laboratory for working with governmental and non-governmental organizations in the DFW area and developing issue-based, action research projects to solve real-world problems in our communities. This hands-on course combines lecture, student-led discussion, site visits and collaborative team work for service learning projects.

ECON 4302: Environmental Economics, TR 12:30-1:50, Wunder.

ENGL 3376-001: Business/Professional Writing, T: R 8.00-10.50 AM
Crystal Elerson
Junior-level course focused on advanced grammar, writing style, and design. The first third of this course focuses on writing. The second third of the course focuses on design and business formatting. The final third of this course focuses on Environmental Sustainability studies in the form of proposal writing, instructional writing, feasibility studies, and manual writing. This course includes both individual and collaborative projects.

[Note: Students who do ESS-related projects in the following courses taught by Dr. Elerson (only) may also receive ESS credit: ENGL 3373 (a Technical Editing course), and two sections of ENGL 3374 (Technical Presentations). Dr. Elerson will have ESS-related projects available for students who would like to take these courses for the minor.]

ENGL 4326-001: Shakespeare, TR 12:30-1:50 PM
Amy Tigner
This class will take an ecocritical approach to Shakespeare, as we will study the notion of both urban and rural nature and its relationship to culture. Our study will be historical and we will discuss the landscape and environmental issues of both city and country—both in the plays and in Shakespeare's world. The plays that we will be reading include Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, King Lear, As You Like It, and The Tempest. We will also be reading contemporary ecocriticism to contextualize the environmental problems of the early modern period. Students will participate by presenting group projects and contributing to the class blog. At the end of the semester, students will have the option of doing a creative project that is oriented to environmental issues and Shakespeare, along with a short paper, or they can write a longer, more traditional, literary criticism paper.

ENGL 4365-001: Children's Literature, MWF 11:00-11:50 AM
Gyde Martin
This course will survey 120 years of children's fiction with a particular focus: the presentation of Nature and the Environment. We will examine some of the most popular and enduring genres—the Survival Novel (including the feral-child story) and the Animal Novel—to trace our culture's changing sensibility toward Nature and our growing concern for its (and our) survival. Ultimately, we also want to know HOW this serious concern is presented to young audiences.
Required Texts: Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden; Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book; Karen Hesse, The Music of Dolphins; Walt Morey, Gentle Ben; Gary Paulsen, Hatchet; Carl Hiaasen, Flush; Michael Ende, The Night of Wishes; plus 4 individually assigned novels.

GEOG 1303: World Regional Geography. Andrew Milson, MWF, 11-11:50

HIST 4388. 007 (This section only!) "Unsustainable: Destruction, Extinction, and Catastrophic Failure in History." MWF 10-10:50, Chris Morris.

GROUP 2 - Natural Sciences and Engineering

BIOL 2343 Evolution and Ecology (Prerequisite: BIOL 1441,) TR 11-12:20, Demuth and Walsh; or TR 5:30-6:50, Devito.

GEOL 4305 - 045 SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOLOGY: Intro to Environmental Studies Ashanti Turner. Online.
This course serves as an introduction to and covers broad aspects of environmental studies. It is designed to foster an increased understanding of physical, chemical and biological systems of the terrestrial and aquatic environments, their complex connections and patterns, and human interactions. In this course emphasis is placed on a holistic approach to environmental studies using case studies, learning activities, and discussions to reinforce scientific principles. Students will examine the relationship between humankind and nature in order to gain a broad understanding of issues, causes, and possible solutions to the array of environmental challenges faced in today's world.

GEOL 4308: Environmental Geochemistry, M 5:30-8:20

Civil Engineering:

CE 3334 Principles of Environmental Engineering, MWF, 9-9:50

CE 4323 Landfill Design, TR 7-8:20

CE 4350 Introduction to Air Pollution, TR 9:30-10:50

CE 4351 Physical Unit Processes, MW 5:30-650

CE 4354 Introduction to Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, MW 7-8:20

CE 4355 Design of Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities, TR 5:30-6:50

Mechanical Engineering:

MAE 4301 - 002 Special Topics in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineerin: [These topics only]

  • Solar Thermal Energy, MWF 10-10:50, Shin
  • Wind Energy. Dancila, TR 11:-12:20

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