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Sustainability education is multidisciplinary, reaching across departments and individual courses, which presents both opportunities for innovative collaborations. Curriculum, Research, and Community Engagement (CRCE) helps to facilitate the development and integration of sustainability education and promotes sustainability as an intellectual focus in the University’s academic affairs. Key approaches include curriculum development and enhancement, faculty development, promotion of sustainability-related research, and community engagement.
Taking advantage of the many courses on sustainability and the environment offered throughout the university, this broadly interdisciplinary program provides students a powerful way to enrich their education and effectively apply their major field of study to some of the most complex and crucial problems of the new millennium.The 18 credit hour Environmental and Sustainable Studies Minor offered through the College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs can be combined with most majors, and in some cases completed coursework will qualify for credit.
The sustainability minor requires 18 credit hours. In addition to the core course, the minor requires 15 hours of approved courses taken in each of three areas, liberal arts; natural sciences and engineering; and urban and public affairs and architecture. In geology, for example, sustainability related courses deal with climate change and global warming. In English there are special topics classes that address environmental literature.
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. Students seeking the minor must successfully complete the following courses with a grade of C or better and two electives from the civil, electrical, mechanical and aerospace, or material sciences engineering departments
The Sustainability Across the Curriculum Symposium, is held each year in the spring semester and features faculty and graduate students showcasing what sustainability means for their discipline and their own research. The symposium fosters discussions of sustainability research across different disciplines and highlights the research of UTA faculty and doctoral students. All undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited. This symposium fosters discussions on the theme of sustainability by providing a wide range of topics, perspectives, and research projects that help us, in Bill McKibben’s words, develop “a new mental model of the possible.” It is hosted by the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) and the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact.