The George R. Brown School of Engineering
The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in collaboration with several other Rice University departments offers undergraduate students the opportunity to select a minor in energy and water sustainability (EWSU). Sustainable development is a societal goal that challenges traditional ways of thinking and requires alternative approaches and solutions to balance environmental, economic, and social interests. Carbon management strategies and renewable resources will be key elements of energy policy for the coming decades. Similarly, the long-term viability of existing water use and human settlement patterns must be reconsidered given the effect of climate change in freshwater availability, as well as increasing competing demands for this limited resource. More generally, the dedication of materials, energy, and ecological resources will become more important in economic decision-making, while more and more members of society will demand equity in decision-making processes.
Students choosing this minor will gain knowledge of both the science and policy issues associated with the evaluation of sustainable energy and water strategies that will form a cornerstone of 21st century social systems. Students completing this minor will be better prepared for a global society that is attempting to understand and address the challenge of meeting basic human needs today and in the future while maintaining a functional natural system and social order.
Upon completing the Energy and Water Sustainability minor, a student will be able to:
Students pursuing a minor in Energy and Water Sustainability (EWSU) must complete:
CORE REQUIREMENTSStudents must complete a total of 3 courses (9 credit hours) listed from the Core Courses and the Design Practicum course (at least one credit hour) to satisfy the Energy and Water Sustainability minor's Core Requirements.
Core Courses Students must complete a total of 3 courses (9 credit hours) as listed below.
Design PracticumStudents are required to complete 1 special topics course (at least one credit hour), typically during the fall of their senior year. Students in engineering and architecture who must take a senior design course will typically fulfill this requirement by preparing a report that describes the incorporation of sustainability concepts into their design effort, in consultation with the senior (capstone) design course instructor. Students not engaged in a suitable design project will either consult with an extant design group or pursue a project related to their own area of study in consultation with the advisors for this interdisciplinary minor.
ELECTIVESTo fulfill the remaining Energy and Water Sustainability minor requirements, students must complete a total of 3 additional courses (3 credit hours each for a total of 9 credit hours) from the following categories. No more than two courses can be drawn from any one of the three categories. No more than two of these electives can be used also to fulfill major requirements, and at least one elective course must be taken from a different school than the one hosting the student’s major. Should students wish to substitute a course for the sustainability area that is not listed, please consult with the Energy, Water and Sustainability advisor.
Energy Students may choose to complete up to 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the following:
Water Students may choose to complete up to 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the following:
Sustainability Students may choose up to complete up to 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the following:
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the undergraduate minor in Energy, Water, and Sustainability. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: Courses from other departments apply towards the minor in Energy and Water Sustainability. Department Description and Code - Energy and Water Sustainability: EWSU Minor Description and Code - Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability: EWSU
Energy and Water Sustainability does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, listed in the Energy and Water Sustainability Undergraduate Requirements section can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Energy and Water Sustainability, see the department's website: http://engr.rice.edu/ewsminor.aspx.