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The University of Texas at Dallas
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Energy Conservation and Sustainability Manager
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses with sustainability content::
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 1682 1903
Number of sustainability courses offered 18 15
Number of courses offered that include sustainability 0 0

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer at least one sustainability course and/or course that includes sustainability (at any level):
9

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that offer courses (at any level):
78

Number of years covered by the data:
One

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):
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An inventory of the institution's course offerings with sustainability content (and course descriptions):

http://www.utdallas.edu/is/files/Environmental-Studies-Concentration1.pdf

BPS 6379 BUSINESS STRATEGY FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Jindal School of Management
(3 semester hours) The course introduces student to sustainable business practices. The role of legislation and its impact on business practices as well as proactive business strategies firms use to differentiate themselves and obtain a competitive advantage will also be addressed. By viewing a firm through an environmental lens, managers find opportunities to reduce risks, drive down costs, and create intangible value. Further, firms can build stronger connections with a broad range of stakeholders.

EECT 6379 ENERGY HARVESTING
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
(3 semester hours) This course studies the electrical characteristics of various renewable energy sources and the corresponding approaches on harvesting and storage, with emphasis on the imposed requirements of microscale dimension. They are followed by the discussion on power conditioning and cross-layer energy/power management with circuit implementations.

EEPE 6358 Electrification of Transportation
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
(3 semester credit hours) Introduction to electric and hybrid vehicles. Hybrid vehicle architectures - series, parallel and plug-in hybrid vehicle architectures - range extender and full hybrid systems. Propulsion system analysis, powertrain component sizing, and vehicle simulation. Energy requirements, energy storage devices, and fuel cell vehicles. Power electronic converters for electric and hybrid vehicles. Energy management and control strategies. Characteristics of commercially available hybrid vehicles. Introduction to more electric aircraft and architectures. Marine electric propulsion system

EEPE 6359 REN ENERGY/ DIST POWER GEN SYS
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
(3 semester credit hours) Fundamentals of Energy sustainability and renewable energy. Interconnection of energy and environment. Renewable energy sources and availability. Basics of hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, and fuel cell systems. Power Converters and drives for energy conversion. Converters and controllers for integration of renewable energy sources. Solar and wind energy technologies and system design. Smart grid. Hybrid power generation systems.

ENGY 6330 ENERGY LAW & CONTRACTS
Jindal School of Management
(3 semester credit hours) This course provides an introductory overview of U.S. and international energy laws that govern oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, renewable energy and electric generation. The course covers the history of energy regulation and explores current laws governing the use, production, and transmission of energy sources, as well as environmental regulations.

ENGY 6331 CAPSTONE PROJECT IN ENERGY
Jindal School of Management
(3 semester credit hours) Capstone projects are experiential learnings sponsored by local industries and provide the students an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained in core courses to solve real world challenging problems or simulated projects in the area of energy management. Students work in a team environment, interact with industry leaders and gain some industry specific knowledge.

FIN 6335 ENERGY FINANCE
Jindal School of Management
(3 semester credit hours) This course focuses on the issues associated with investing in and financing energy projects as well as managing energy risks. Case studies are drawn from the oil, natural gas, electricity and renewables sectors.

GISC 6334 WRSHP IN ENVRMNTL&HLTH GIS/PLC
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
(3 semester credit hours) Students join a faculty member in a research project on environmental and health policy. Specific topics vary from semester to semester, but special emphasis will be on the applications of statistical and spatial analytic methods (e.g. GIS, spatial econometrics, decision analysis, etc.) to various real-life data in the environmental and health field. Class exercises will be completed using state-of-the-art statistics and GIS software.

IMS 6343 SUSTAINABILITY IN A GLOBAL BUSN ENVRN
Jindal School of Management
(3 semester credit hours) This course is expected to enhance global awareness and discovery of how local businesses and organizations can create sustainable value for people and planet. This course will cover basic concepts in business sustainability and organizational management, such as leadership, social capital, and organizational design. Students will have a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges of businesses in a diverse environment challenged by globalization pressures. The course will be offered as part of an interdisciplinary field study program.

MECH 5370 INTRO TO WIND ENERGY
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
(3 semester credit hours) Understanding the operational principles of modern wind turbines, including basic aerodynamics and rotor dynamics of wind turbines; wind turbine design and components; wind turbine control, electrical systems, wind characteristics and siting; system integration and grid connection; wind turbine siting; offshore wind turbine.

MECO 6318 ENERGY ECONOMICS
Jindal School of Management
(3 semester credit hours) This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of energy fundamentals through a detailed examination of the history, structure and functioning of modern energy markets. Topics include models of supply, demand, and transportation; market structure; game theoretic strategies and risk management; environmental issues; and policy and regulation.

MSEN 5320 MAT SCI FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
(3 semester credit hours) Sustainable energy solutions require examining current fossil fuel supply, climate change, and renewable energy source development. Fossil fuel supply and climate change are intimately related, and the global community is actively developing renewable energy source to replace the fossil fuel and minimize its impact on the climate change. Materials science will enable diverse renewable energy technologies (solar cell, biofuel, wind, geothermal etc.) and their practical utilization (energy storage, fuel cell, electrical vehicles, etc.). This course will examine energy and climate issues and sustainable energy solutions with emphasis on the role of materials science.

OPRE 6387 MODELS OF ENERGY MARKETS
Jindal School of Management
(3 semester credit hours) Covers market models of energy markets for oil, natural gas, and electricity. A balance of theory and case study analysis is employed to give students an understanding of how theoretically formulated models can be applied to real world circumstances, and especially to current issues in global energy markets. Topics include models of supply and demand, market structure, transportation models, game theory strategies, risk management, environmental issues, policy and regulation, and dynamic optimization.

OPRE 6389 MNG ENERGY: RISK, INVEST, TECH
Jindal School of Management
(3 semester credit hours) MERIT is designed for students or professionals interested in the energy sector. Energy sector houses applications from several academic disciplines: operations management, engineering and technology, risk management, economics, and finance. Students currently involved in these and similar academic programs can take MERIT to learn the fundamentals of the energy sector.

PPPE 6367 ENVRNMNTL ECONMCS & POLICY
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
(3 semester credit hours) The purpose of this course is to identify various local and global environmental problems and to utilize the major analytical tools to address complex environmental management issues, particularly their impact on human health. Emphasis is placed on the use of economic tools for modeling environmental problems and their policy and management solutions. Students will be exposed to principles of microeconomic fundamentals (market models, benefit-cost analysis, etc.) and the major concepts of public goods and externality theory, which are applied to a variety of traditional and contemporary cases of environmental management and policy. Students will review and discuss scholarly research articles in the area of six major environmental research topics, such as (1) indoor air quality management, (2) outdoor air quality management, (3) water quality management, (4) hazardous solid waste management, (5) pesticides and toxic chemical management, and (6) climate change and global sustainable development.

BIS 3310 ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROJECT
School of Interdisciplinary Studies
(3 semester credit hours) This course is designed to provide students with a new learning experience in environmental issues. This may be at a faculty-supervised work situation in business, government, or other approved setting. Sites may be local, out of state, or abroad. The internship option provides exposure to a professional working environment, application of theory to working realities, and an opportunity to test skills and clarify goals in environmental studies. Experience gained may also serve as a work credential after graduation. Course requirements include writing a journal and research paper connecting theory to practice. Students may also choose a straight research option to meet the requirements of this course. Instructor consent required.

ECON 4332 ENERGY & NAT RESOURCES ECON
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
(3 semester credit hours) This course is a study in the application of economics to renewable and nonrenewable natural resources problems and to the role of the energy sector in the world economy. This course will retain core notation for a transition period - see http://go.utdallas.edu/core-curriculum-transition. Please consult advisors for more detailed information.

ECON 4333 ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
(3 semester credit hours) A study of people and their environment, emphasizing the social and economic consequences of development and pollution. Alternative public policies for dealing with environmental impacts are explored.

ECON 4336 ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMIC THEORY
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
(3 semester hours) Economic and ecology aims at understanding the workings of highly interconnected systems in which trade-offs among goals of participants and policy makers are unavoidable. This course brings them together to study the environmental implications of environmental growth and development and to utilize the tools of economic theory to analyze ecological problems and suggest practical policy solutions that are efficient as well as effective. Topics include environmental ethics, collective goods, externalities, pollution control, energy, economics and ecology, and climate change.

ENGY 3300 INTRO TO ENERGY TECHNOLOGY
Jindal School of Management
(3 semester credit hours) This course introduces different energy resources (oil, gas, coal, nuclear, wind, solar) and covers technology related to discovering/inventing and exploiting resources, transportation of these resources and their conversion from one form to another. Business processes involved in energy supply chain from resource discovery to end user sales will be examined. Costs incurred and revenues made in the process are also discussed.

ENGY 3330 ENERGY ECONOMICS
Jindal School of Management
(3 semester credit hours) This course builds on topics of market structure, competition, and optimal decision-making presented in intermediate microeconomics. Students gain an advanced understanding of the economic decisions faced by energy producers and consumers in today's society and learn to evaluate incentives faced by industry players and identify causes of and solutions to market inefficiencies. Topics include optimal resource depletion, competitive strategies and incentives for anti-competitive behavior, energy and environmental policy, and energy risk.

ENGY 4300 ENERGY LAND MANAGEMENT
Jindal School of Management
(3 semester credit hours) This course is designed to give students a keen understanding of the important role that land law and management practices have for energy industry participants. The course begins by presenting land management activities within the broader energy supply chain and relating their importance to upstream and downstream activities, and then proceeds to a combination of practical experience analyzing Texas land leases and classroom case studies of mineral property rights, lease structure and acquisition, title transfers and recordation, and more.

ENGY 4313 ENERGY FINANCE
Jindal School of Management
(3 semester credit hours) Builds on foundations of business finance to develop a methodology for evaluating energy-related investment decisions. Particular emphasis is put on decisions under regulatory and market uncertainty, technology-facilitated substitutability, resource depletion, and real options analysis. Case studies are drawn from the oil, natural gas, electricity, and renewables sectors.

ENVR 2302 THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
(3 semester hours) An introduction to the physical aspects of the world's geography emphasizing the interrelationships between the earth and its climate, vegetations, soils, and landforms. Provides a global perspective on the physical environment and the interactions between global systems to produce regional differences.

FIN 4313 ENERGY FINANCE
Jindal School of Management
(3 semester credit hours) Builds on foundations of business finance to develop a methodology for evaluating energy-related investment decisions. Particular emphasis is put on decisions under regulatory and market uncertainty, technology-facilitated substitutability, resource depletion, and real options analysis. Case studies are drawn from the oil, natural gas, electricity, and renewables sectors.

GEOS 2310 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY
School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
(3 semester credit hours) A course examining the interactions of people and our physical environment. Natural hazards, including landslides, flooding, tsunamis, volcanoes, earthquakes, erosion, and sea-level change. Air, soil, fresh and ocean water pollution problems and solutions including greenhouse gases, ozone depletion, acid rain, aquifer depletion, toxic wastes, and contamination. Energy supplies and the environment, including radioactive waste problems, and human impacts on climate.

GEOS 2321 GEOL RSRC & ENVR OF LAT AMER
School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
(3 semester credit hours) An overview of the physical environment of Mexico, Central America, and South America. Topics include evolution of Latin American crust and continent; location and formation of major geologic resources and physiographic features; resource exploitation and present environmental problems with an historic perspective.

GEOS 2324 ENRGY, THE ENVRNMNT&HMN HLTH
School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
(3 semester credit hours) This course will focus on the environmental and human health impacts of geologic materials and geologic processes with particular emphasis on fossil fuels. A balanced, fact-based discussion will be provided on both positive and negative effects of various energy sources on the natural environment and human health. Old and new myths about the environmental and health consequences of fossil fuels, especially coal, will be debunked. The course will cultivate an awareness of both the positive and negative aspects of energy production and use and enable informed decision making with respect to societal issues associated with energy and mineral resources.

GISC 4310 ENVRN AND HLTH PLCY E ASIA
School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
(3 semester credit hours) Rapid development in East Asia has brought economic wealth to individuals in this region but has also created serious environmental and health problems such as pollution, resource depletion, pandemics, climate change, and so on. This course explores the environmental and human health challenges in East Asia as well as how governments and other actors are addressing them through various approaches to "sustainable development." East Asia is defined for this course as the region encompassing China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and some countries in Southeast Asia, but we will also focus on the role of the United States as it has been extensively involved in this region, when necessary. To help build the fundamental background of students' understanding of current environmental and health issues in East Asia, the course begins with an overview of historical, geographic, socioeconomic, political, and cultural issues in East Asia, and then examines ongoing policy actions to address various environmental and health problems in the region. Students are expected to take an active role in reviewing and discussing the material and, more importantly, in thinking critically about the interrelations of environment and human health in East Asia.

GISC 4384 HLTH&ENVR GIS: GLBL PERSPECTIVE
School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
(3 semester hours) Application of GIS in solving real world urban and/or environmental problems. Advanced techniques such as geospatial analysis, modeling, simulation and visualization will be covered. State-of-the-art software will be introduced through hands-on laboratory experiences.

HIST 4368 NORTH AM ENVIRONMENTAL HIST
School of Arts and Humanities
(3 semester credit hours) Explores the complex relationship between humans and the natural world from the era of European exploration through the present. Topics may include the impact of American Indians on the environment prior to European contact; the ecological revolution wrought by European colonialism; the exploitation and ecological degradation of the American West and Midwest; the environmental impact of suburbanization; the growth of agribusiness; the birth and evolution of the conservation movement; and the rise of global ecological concerns.

NATS 2333 ENERGY WATER AND ENVIRONMENT
School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
(3 semester hours) An introduction to the impacts that humans have on the environment, with emphasis on impacts resulting from energy and water use. The course is designed for students who are not seeking a technical major and who wish to enhance their use of science and engineering principles and techniques in making decisions affecting both their own use of energy and water and use by the United States and the world. The course includes discussions of ways to ameliorate and/or adapt to the impacts.

PA 3382 SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
(3 semester credit hours) This course will survey the following topics in public policy and environmental justice: climate change, loss of habitat and biodiversity, water security, and the effects of new technologies. We will examine policy issues in light of the challenges faced by societies to balance the needs of all stakeholders in terms of economic, social, and environmental impacts; e.g., the triple bottom line. Emphasis is placed upon gaining an understanding of the elements of environmental justice and their impacts on different sectors of society through multiple ethical paradigms.


The website URL where the inventory of course offerings with sustainability content is publicly available:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the course inventory:

Examination of undergraduate and graduate course offerings and descriptions formed the basis of the inventory. Course catalog found here:
http://coursebook.utdallas.edu/clevel_g/term_15s.


How did the institution count courses with multiple offerings or sections in the inventory?:
Other (please describe below)

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted (if different from the options outlined above):

Each course was counted, not each section.


Which of the following course types were included in the inventory?:
Yes or No
Internships Yes
Practicums Yes
Independent study Yes
Special topics Yes
Thesis/dissertation Yes
Clinical No
Physical education No
Performance arts Yes

Does the institution designate sustainability courses in its catalog of course offerings?:
No

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:
No

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