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. 

  • 49-034 Introduction to Earth Science
    See Physics 53-034. (NSL)
  • 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, biodiversity, urbanization, climate change, sustainable development, resources use and consumption, activism, and environmental justice. Each of these topics is taught from an interdisciplinary perspective that examines the interconnections among humans and the environment. Offered annually. (ScS) (SJ)
  • 49-112 Biodiversity
    See Biology 50-112. (NSL)
  • 49-121 Investigation Into Living Systems
    See Biology 50-121. To be taken concurrently with 49-123. (NSL)
  • 49-123 Living Systems
    See Biology 50-123. To be taken concurrently with 49-121. (NSL)
  • 49-204 Environmental GIS
    This course introduces students to the practice and theory of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a method for analysis of the environment. Students will examine the fundamentals of GIS and GIS applications, learning the concepts needed to effectively manipulate, query, analyze, and visualize spatial-based data. At the end of the semester students should feel comfortable applying GIS to a range of environmental issues, and have a solid understanding of the procedures and data necessary to conduct geographical analysis. Contributes to Race and Ethnicity Studies. (NSL)
  • 49-214 Disease, Health & Medicine in World Hist
    See History 16-084. (H), (IP), (WA)
  • 49-234 Topics in Environmental Humanities
    May be repeated with change in content. (H)
  • 49-244 Environmental Philosophy
    See Philosophy 18-234. (H)
  • 49-254 Latina/o and Latin American Spiritualit Spiritualities
    See Anthropology 35-254. Also Feminist Studies 04-334, Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-354 and Latin American and Border Studies 06-764. (ScS) (SJ)
  • 49-264 Landscape & Environment in Chinese Art
    See Art History 71-254. (FAL) (WA) (IP)
  • 49-274 Sustainable Cities
    Following a brief review of environmental and social planning perspectives, this class explores 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. In the latter part of the semester, the course uses 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. Topics include urban ecology, segregation and environmental racism, place-making, neoliberal governance, and planning/design issues related to climate change. Sophomore standing and above only. (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. Sophomore standing and above only. Also Feminist Studies 04-254. (ScS) (SJ)
  • 49-294 Promoting Environmental Literacy
    See Education 40-334. (ScS)
  • 49-314 Ecofeminists & Queer Greens
    See Feminist Studies 04-314. (H)
  • 49-324 Environmental Economics
    See Economics 31-324. (ScS)
  • 49-334 Apocalypse See Religion 19-334. (h)
    See Religion 19-334. (H)
  • 49-344 Animals and Religion
    See Religion 19-344. Also Feminist Studies 04-344. (H)
  • 49-354 Conservation Biology
    See Biology 50-384. (NS)
  • 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. Offered every Fall. (ScS)
  • 49-374 Sacred Space and the Environment Religion
    See Religion 19-374 and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-224. (H)
  • 49-382 Intermediate Mdrn Chinese: Ecol Problems Problems
    See Chinese 22-312. May be repeated with change in content. (H)
  • 49-414 Energy and the Environment
    See Physics 53-354. (NS)
  • 49-434 Ecology
    See Biology 50-434. (NSL)
  • 49-444 Global Environmental Justice
    See Anthropology 35-434. Also Feminist Studies 04-494 and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-334. (ScS) (SJ)
  • 49-474 Advanced GIS
    AAdvanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a guided research course in which students will learn how to produce a high quality environmental spatial analysis using methods such as: web mapping, differential GPS, remote sensing, and environmental modeling. Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 49-204.
  • 49-504 The History of the U.S. West
    See History 16-504. (H)
  • 49-544 French Culture
    See French 11-354 (H) (IP) (WA)
  • 49-554 French Culture: French Or Flat World?
    This course develops intermediate and advanced cultural proficiencies by exploring, discussing and closely analyzing French and/or Francophone identities as voiced in authentic materials including text, images, video, films and music. Offerings alternate between French Civilization 1: History of French Culture and French Civilization 2: Contemporary Culture. May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: French 11-124 or equivalent placement. French 11-334 is recommended. (H) (IP)
  • 49-614 Texts/Contexts
    This course provides practice in close readings of texts as they relate to multiple fields of study. Topics may include Self and Other, Genius and Madness, the Figure of the Artist, Memory and Identity, Texts of Catastrophes, Transnational Writing in German or Texts of German Environmentalism. Students continue to enlarge their repertoire of strategies for processing meaning and practice increasingly sophisticated modes of expression. Intensive work develops advanced proficiency in academic writing for research purposes and oral expression. May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: One course from German 12-314, 12-334, or 12-354. (H) (WA)
  • 49-644 Instrumentation in Envir & Biol Analysis
    See Chemistry 51-644. (NSL)
  • 49-654 Contemporary German Culture
    See German 12-354. (H) (IP)
  • 49-704 Topics in Religion
    A critical investigation of an important subject or issue in religion: religion and violence, religion and media, religious authority, religion and politics, etc. May be comparative or may focus on one tradition. This course may be repeated when topic varies. (H) (R) Topics courses that rotate, not necessarily every two years: Ball Games, Baskets, and Living Skies; A Novel Approach to American Religious History; Pilgrimage; Yoga; Religion and Politics; Religion and Ecology.
  • 49-744 Teaching Science in Elem & Middle School
    See Education 42-744. (ScS)
  • 49-824 Research in GIS
    This directed research courses integrates methods and techniques learned in previous GIS coursework to answer fundamental questions with a spatial science approach. Research can be applied to any discipline, but projects are expected to also innovative GIS applications. Students are expected to formulate research questions, design experiments, and interpret/present results. Prerequisites: Environmental Studies 49-474.
  • 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. Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 49-364. Only seniors majoring in Environmental Studies should register for this class. Offered annually. (WA)