Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability

Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability

Upon completing the minor in Energy and Water Sustainability, students will be able to:

  1. Apply basic economic concepts of energy and water sustainability including aspects of environmental economics and project-scale economic issues.
  2. Understand basic environmental issues applicable to energy and water sustainability.
  3. Conduct evaluations of social aspects from a sustainability perspective.
  4. Evaluate projects and political systems from the standpoint of energy and water issues as well as more general sustainability issues.
  5. Apply sustainability concepts at varying scales and viewpoints, including project level, corporate level, and municipal, state, national, and international levels.
  6. Understand the role of climate change on future projects and societies.

Requirements for the Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability

Students pursuing the minor in Energy and Water Sustainability must complete:

  • A minimum of 7 courses (at least 19 credit hours) to satisfy the minor requirements.
  • A Design Practicum.1
  • No more than 2 courses applied towards the minor can be used to fulfill a student's major requirements.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor (or official certifier).  Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability 19

Minor Requirements

Required Courses
CEVE 302 / ENGI 302SUSTAINABLE DESIGN3
CEVE 307 / ENST 307 / ESCI 307ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT3
ECON 480 / ENST 480ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS3
or CEVE 479 ENGINEERING PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS
Design Practicum 1
CEVE 499SPECIAL PROBLEMS (at least 1 credit hour)1
Elective Requirements 2
Select 3 electives courses (at least 9 credit hours) from at least 2 of the following 3 categories: 9
Energy
Select up to 2 from the following:
ENERGY ECONOMICS
DECISION MAKING AND ECONOMICS IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY
PETROLEUM INDUSTRY ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT
MODERN EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
Water
Select up to 2 from the following:
SUSTAINABLE WATER PURIFICATION FOR THE DEVELOPING WORLD
HYDROLOGY AND WATER RESOURCES ENGINEERING
QUANTITATIVE HYDROGEOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY AND MICROBIAL ECOLOGY
Sustainability
Select up to 2 from the following:
CASE STUDIES IN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
MODELING AND ANALYSIS OF NETWORKED SYSTEMS
ENGINEERING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: RICE INTO THE FUTURE
ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY
URBAN POLITICS
GOVERNING THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMONS
ENVIRONMENTAL STATISTICS AND DECISION MAKING
Total Credit Hours19

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the minor in Energy and Water Sustainability should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, i.) students may declare their intent to pursue a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the minor in Energy and Water Sustainability should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

For additional information, please see the Energy and Water Sustainability website: 
http://ceve.rice.edu/sustainabilityminor.aspx/.

Opportunities for the Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

For additional information, please see the Energy and Water Sustainability website: 
http://ceve.rice.edu/sustainabilityminor.aspx/.