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Sustainable Engineering Minor

Open to all engineering majors.

The Sustainable Engineering Minor prepares engineering students to meet the challenges of future global development with innovative designs that balance impacts on the environment, society, and economy.

Examples of sustainable engineering include:

  • Design and manufacturing techniques that improve energy efficiency, use recycled materials, minimize pollution, and/or reduce water use;
  • Using methods that minimize environmental damage to provide sufficient food, water, shelter, and mobility for a growing world population,
  • Designing products and processes so that wastes from one are used as inputs to another.

" . . . engineers of the future will be asked to use the earth's resources more efficiently and produce less waste, while at the same time satisfying an ever-increasing demand for goods and services.1

"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.2

Why Minor in Sustainable Engineering?

A minor in sustainable engineering can broaden job options. According to the Houston Chronicle, engineers with training in sustainability are often employed by government agencies (e.g. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NASA), conservation groups, and private industry (e.g. automotive, aerospace, and defense industries and electric utilities). They help agencies and industry reduce their impact on the environment and use energy more efficiently.

What is the Difference Between Sustainable Engineering and Environmental Engineering?

Environmental engineering historically has been treatment-process focused, or end-of-pipe focused: once pollution is created, environmental engineers use principles of chemistry, biology, and physics to clean it up. Air pollution control engineers, for example, design devices which can be used to remove pollution from coal-fired power plant exhaust before it is discharged into the atmosphere.

A more efficient approach, however, is to ask the question: how can we avoid generating the air pollution in the first place? This question leads to consideration and design of sustainable power systems, such as biogas from waste, solar power, and wind power. This forward-thinking approach is the approach of sustainable engineering.

In addition, sustainable engineering, like all sustainable decision-making, emphasizes balancing environmental along with social and economic factors.

  1. Center for Sustainable Engineering (http://csengin.syr.edu/)
  2. Davidson, et al. (2007)

What Courses are Required for the Minor

Six courses are required as follows:

Three Core Courses:

  1. CE 2300 Introduction to Sustainable Engineering (offeredy every fall)
  2. IE 3315 Operations Research (offered spring and fall)
  3. ENGR 4395 Sustainable Engineering Design Project (offered every semester)

plus one of the following Economics Electives:

  • IE 2308 Economics for Engineers
  • ECON 2305 Principles of Macroeconomics

plus two Sustainable Engineering Electives (see below)

By selecting courses to overlap with courses required for their major, students in most engineering disciplines can complete the minor with only 2 extra courses.

Sustainable Engineering Electives – Bioengineering

  • Biol 3355, 3356, or 3457
  • CE 4310, 4350, or 4354
  • IE 4345 or 4351

Sustainable Engineering Electives – Civil Engineering

  • CE 4307 Construction Sustainability
  • CE 4310 System Evaluation in Civil Engineering (Pre-requisites of statistics and economics)
  • CE 4323 Landfill Design 
  • CE 4350 Introduction to Air Pollution (Pre-requisite: consent of instructor – Offered Fall)
  • CE 4351 Physical Unit Processes
  • CE 4353 Water Chemistry
  • CE 4354 Introduction to Solid Waste Engineering (Pre-Requisite: consent of instructor – Offered Spring)
  • CE 4355 Design of Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities

Sustainable Engineering Electives – Computer Science and Engineering

  • CE 4310, 4350, or 4354
  • IE 4345 or 4351
  • GEOL course (see options below, 4-hour course may double count as science elective)

Sustainable Engineering Electives – Electrical Engineering

  • ECON 2305
  • EE 3302 Fundamentals of Power Systems 
  • EE 4314 Control Systems
  • IE 3315 Operations Research
  • ENGR 4395 Sustainable Engineering Design Project

Sustainable Engineering Electives – Industrial Engineering

  • IE 4345 Decision Analysis in System Design (Pre-requisite: Accepted into an engineering professional program at UTA, Offered Spring)
  • IE 4351 Systems Engineering (Pre-requisite: admission into a professional engineering program at UTA, Offered Fall)
  • CE 4310, 4350, or 4354
  • GEOL course (see options below, 4-hour course will double count as science elective)

Sustainable Engineering Electives – Mechanical Engineering

  • MAE 4386 Wind & Ocean Current Energy Harvesting
  • CE 4310, 4350, or 4354
  • IE 4345 or 4351
  • GEOL course (see options below, 3000 level or above may double count as science elective)

Sustainable Engineering Electives- Geology

  • GEOL 1301 Earth Systems
  • GEOL 1330 Global Warming
  • GEOL 2406 Natural Resources and Sustainability

Sustainable Engineering Minor application

Courses Counting for Major and Sustainable Engineering Minor

Dept.Courses that count for minor and majorExtra Courses Required (in addition to those for major)
Biomedical
  • ECON 2305 or IE 2308 as Social/Behavioral Elect.
  • ENGR 4395 may count as a BE tech elective
  • Sustainable Engineering Electives may count as BE tech electives
  • CE 2300
  • IE 3315
  • Perhaps one Sustainable Eng. Elective
Civil
  • IE 2308
  • ENGR 4395 as free tech elective
  • 2 Sustainable Engineering Electives chosen from CE count as technical electives from environmental, geotechnical and/or transportation areas
  • CE 2300
  • IE 3315
Architectural
  • IE 2308
  • CE 2300
  • IE 3315
  • 2 Sustainable Eng. Electives
  • ENGR 4395
CSE
  • ECON 2305
  • IE 3315 (tech elective for CS and SE)
  • CE 2300
  • 2 Sustainable Eng. Electives
  • ENGR 4395
EE
  • ECON 2305
  • IE 3315 (tech elective for CS and SE)
  • CE 2300
  • 2 Sustainable Eng. Electives
  • ENGR 4395
EE
  • ECON 2305
  • IE 3315 and ENGR 4395 count as Engineering Elective
  • EE 3302 and 4314 count as tech. electives
  • CE 2300
  • IE 3315 or ENGR 4395
IE
  • IE 2308
  • IE 3315
  • IE 4345 and 4351 counts as Sustainable Eng. Elective and IE tech elective
  • ENGR 4395 counts as IE technical elective
  • 2nd Sustainable Eng. elective counts as IE tech elective or science elective
  • CE 2300
MAE
  • ECON 2305 or IE 2308
  • MAE 4386 as Sustainable Engineering Elective and tech elective
  • ENGR 4395 may count as technical elective
  • Sustainable Eng. elective may count as MAE tech elective or science elective
  • CE 2300
  • IE 3315

Sustainable Engineering Minor application

Contact

Melanie Sattler, Ph.D., P.E.
Department of Civil Engineering
817-272-5410
sattler@uta.edu

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