Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.81
Liaison Michael Mendoza
Submission Date Jan. 4, 2019
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University of Houston
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Michael Mendoza
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Doctor of Philosophy in environmental engineering

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

The Environmental Engineering Program of the University of Houston is an interdisciplinary graduate engineering program within the Cullen College of Engineering, administratively housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The Program and its faculty are internationally known for their research and teaching in water, wastewater, microbiology, bioremediation, soil and hazardous waste treatment and modeling, and airborne particulates.

The Environmental Engineering program offers the degrees of Master of Science (M.S.), with thesis and non-thesis options, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The emphasis of study and research is placed on municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, hazardous-waste management, and groundwater restoration with elective courses in the fields of air pollution modeling, measurement and control, engineering management, business and public policy, environmental law, water resources engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, biochemistry and geosciences.

Courses are scheduled to accommodate both part-time and full-time students; 24-30 hours of required course work can usually be completed in one calendar year of full-time or three years of part-time study. Full time thesis students generally can complete the masters of science degree in 2 years and a Ph.D. in 3-4 years of consecutive study.


The website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Master of Science in foresight

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

The UH College of Technology offers a Master of Science in foresight, a graduate certificate in foresight, and a professional certificate in foresight. The Foresight Program at UH addresses organizational concerns by focusing on forecasting and planning discontinuous and transformational change, by analyzing rapid alterations in external environments, and by using systems thinking to increase the chances of achieving preferred futures.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Doctor of Philosophy in atmospheric sciences

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in atmospheric sciences. Students seeking M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in atmospheric sciences are required to take at least one course from the three atmospheric sciences graduate core categories: 1) atmospheric dynamics and physics, 2) atmospheric chemistry, and 3) atmospheric measurement and modeling. Students of both programs have access to many resources that involve sustainability such as interdisciplinary research centers and highly active field sites for applied study.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:
Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
Master of Laws in energy, environment, and natural resources law

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:

The UH Law Center’s Master of Laws program in energy, environment, and natural resources law trains future lawyers to handle the complex legal and policy issues that surround three areas: energy production, transportation, and use; pollution prevention and biodiversity protection; and natural resources exploitation and conservation. Students can focus on one of the three areas or pursue broader studies of the interrelationship between energy development and policies to protect the environment.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Doctor of Philosophy in biology - ecology and evolution track

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

The UH College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics offers a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in biology with a track in ecology and evolution. Graduate students in the ecology and evolution track have a diverse set of research interests ranging from bioinformatics and molecular evolution to behavioral and community ecology; most which include sustainability themes. Graduate students participate in cross-division and cross-departmental initiatives focusing on behavior and networks, including work with neighboring universities and the UH Coastal Center.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Global Climate, Energy and Environment Certificate Program

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

The certificate program in Global Climate, Energy and Environment provides participants with the scientific tools to analyze climate patterns based on data and knowledge, independent of prevailing biases. Tailored for practicing engineers in the energy, environment and government sectors, courses are offered both online and face-to-face, primarily in the evenings. Classes are taught by award-winning UH Engineering faculty and world-renowned industry experts in the Houston area.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other graduate-level, sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:

Additional UH graduate certification programs can be viewed at: http://www.uh.edu/graduate-school/prospective-students/programs/certificate-programs/


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