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Environmental Studies

Curriculum

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the numerous connections between humans and our environment from a wide variety of perspectives.

The program’s courses span the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and fine arts and expose students to the power of social activism related to environmental degradation and justice. Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information. 

  • 49-001 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 49-002 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 49-003 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 49-004 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 49-034 INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE
    See Physics 53-034. (NSL)
  • 49-044 INTRODUCTION TO CLIMATE SCIENCE
  • 49-054 CHEMISTRY APPRECIATION
    See Chemistry 51-054. (NSL)
  • 49-064 CHEMISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT
    See Chemistry 51-064. (NSL)
  • 49-104 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
    This course introduces students to the essential environmental issues of the 21st century. Students are introduced to core concepts in areas such as environmental degradation and pollution, resource extraction and consumption, urbanization, ecology, sustainable development, activism, and population geography. Each of these topics is taught from an interdisciplinary perspective that examines the interconnections and divisions inherent within the global human population and their relationship to the environment.
  • 49-112 BIODIVERSITY
    See Biology 50-112. (NSL)
  • 49-143 PRIN GEN CHEM W/ TUTORIAL
    See Chemistry 51-143. Must be taken concurrently with 49-151. (NSL)
  • 49-144 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
    See Biology 50-144. (NSL)
  • 49-151 CHEM METHODS & TECHNIQUES LAB
    See Chemistry 51-151. Must be taken concurrently with 49-143 or 49-153. (NSL)
  • 49-153 PRINCIPLES OF GENERAL CHEMISTRY
    See Chemistry 51-153. Must be taken concurrently with 49-151. (NSL)
  • 49-204 ENVIRONMENTAL GIS
  • 49-274 SUSTAINABLE CITIES
    This course employs an interdisciplinary approach to the study of urban sustainability in the 21st century. This course will progress in three sections. We begin with a brief review of environmental and social planning perspectives from the 19th century to the present. Next, we explore the application of sustainability discourse and practice as it relates to (1) contemporary neoliberal policies and urban governance, (2) social and environmental justice issues, and (3) contemporary environmental challenges and strategies. Lastly, we use the Austin Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) as a case study for the evaluation of the promises and pitfalls of sustainable urban development in the 21st century. While the course will address urban development in a global context, we will focus on cities in North America. Potential topics will include: urban pollution, sprawl, transportation, segregation and environmental racism, urban ecology, neoliberal governance, creative city strategies, smart growth, and planning issues related to climate change. This course may include independent fieldwork to Austin. (ScS) (SJ)
  • 49-284 SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
    This course offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the environmental, economic, and cultural relationship between producers and consumers in the global food network. The seminar begins with an examination of the driving forces of food commodity consumption and food meaning, and then explores the inequalities created through agro-economic links between industrialized countries and the developing world. The remainder of the seminar critically explores various alternatives for agricultural sustainability for the 21st century. .
  • 49-301 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 49-302 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 49-303 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 49-304 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 49-314 ECOFEMINISTS & QUEER GREENS
  • 49-324 ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
  • 49-334 RELIGION & SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
  • 49-344 ANIMALS AND RELIGION
  • 49-354 DEMOGRAPHY (WORLD POPULATION GEOGRAPHY)
    See Sociology 34-354. (ScS) (IP)
  • 49-364 U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
    This course explores the development of environmental policy in the United States since the 1970s. The purpose of this course is to help students (1) conceptualize the economic, political, and cultural issues associated with policy, (2) become aware of the policy process, key actors, and important legislation, and (3) apply this knowledge as capable professionals, scholars, and engaged citizens. The last three weeks of the course focus on contemporary policy issues in Texas such as water use and planning, endangered species protection, and energy policy. Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 49-104.
  • 49-374 SACRED SPACE, THE ENVIRONMENT AND
    See Religion 19-374. (H) (R)
  • 49-383 ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
  • 49-384 ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
    See Physics 53-354. (NSL)
  • 49-394 ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION
  • 49-404 HEALTH AND FITNESS CONCEPTS
    See Kinesiology 48-404. (ScS)
  • 49-414 GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY
    See Biology 50-414. (NS)
  • 49-434 ECOLOGY
    See Biology 50-434. (NSL)
  • 49-444 GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
    See Anthropology 35-434.
  • 49-464 ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICAL THEORY
  • 49-474 ADVANCED GIS
    Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a researched based course designed to empower students in producing high quality environmental analysis. The course is designed as guided research process in which students are able to apply the spatial methods learned in Environmental GIS. Advanced topics on GIS will be covered like web mapping, differential GPS, remote sensing, and environmental modeling. Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 49-204.
  • 49-614 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY
    See Chemistry 51-614. (NSL)
  • 49-654 CONTEMPORARY GERMAN CULTURE
    See German 12-354. (H) (IP)
  • 49-714 TRANSNATIONAL IDENTITY NARRATIVES
  • 49-814 THEATRE SUSTAINABILITY
  • 49-901 TUTORIAL
  • 49-902 TUTORIAL
  • 49-903 TUTORIAL
  • 49-904 TUTORIAL
  • 49-941 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 49-942 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 49-943 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 49-944 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 49-951 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 49-952 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 49-953 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 49-954 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 49-964 CAPSTONE IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
    This seminar requires students to analyze a local or regional environmental issue from multiple perspectives and it has a strong reading and discussion component. It also encourages environmental activism. Only seniors majoring in Environmental Studies should register for this class. (WA)
  • 49-983 HONORS
  • 49-984 HONORS