Minor in Environmental Studies

This minor will provide students from all majors with a better understanding of environmental issues and the skills to analyze future environmental problems. The name “Environmental Studies” reflects the goal of this interdisciplinary minor to encourage students to learn to view environmental issues from scientific, political, and social standpoints. The Environmental Studies minor enables UT Dallas students to develop expertise in this important area. The framework provides all students with a policy and science perspective and allows students to tailor the minor, through choice of electives, to their individual goals.

The Environmental Studies minor is 18 semester credit hours. (NOTE:  As per university guidelines, a maximum of six credit hours can be taken at the lower level for the minor)

Foundation Courses (6 semester credit hours required)

SOC/PA 3382:  Sustainable Communities
NATS 2333: Energy, Water, and the Environment
GEOS 2310: Environmental Geology
GEOS 2302: The Global Environment

Upper-level Electives (12 semester credit hours)

Choose 4 from this list, or 3 from the list with 1 alternate course accompanied by written permission of the Supervisory Committee

BIO 3388: Honey Bee Biology
CHEM 4381:  Green Chemistry and Green Fuels
ECON 4333: Environmental Economics
ENVR/GEOG 2302: The Global Environment (same as GEOS 2302) (it not taken as a foundation course)
GEOS 2310:  Environmental Geology (if not taken as a foundation course)
GEOS 2324: Energy, the Environment, and Human Health
GISC/IPEC 4310: Environment and Health Policy in East Asia
GISC/IPEC 4384: Health and Environmental GIS:  A Global Perspective
GISC 4386:  Global Change and its Challenges
ECON 4336:  Environmental Economic Theory and Policy
ENGY/MECO 3300:  Introduction to Energy Technology
ENGY/MECO 3330:  Energy Economics
ENGY/MECO 3340:  Energy Laws and Contracts
ENGY/MECO 4300:  Energy Land Management
HIST 4368:  North American Environmental History
HLTH 4380:  Topics in Health – Climate Change and Health Care
IPEC 3349:   World Resources and Development
ISIS 4310:  International Development – Cultural Impacts
ISNS 2367:  The Oceans
ISNS 2368:  Weather and Climate
MECH 4V95:  Topics in Mechanical Engineering (when topic is Introduction to Wind Energy or related)
PA/GEOG 3377:  Urban Planning and Policy
PSCI 4304:  Energy and Environmental Studies Politics and Policy
PSCI 4396:  Special Topics in Political Science (when topic is environmental policy or related)
Students may also select an Independent Study course ( with approval)
Students may also select an Internship (with approval)

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