Rice offers a wide variety of ways to add a concentration in Environmental Studies to your undergraduate degree. The Center for the Study of Environment and Society (CSES) seeks to promote interdisciplinary cooperation in the understanding of environmental issues. To this end Environmental Studies at Rice is not presented as a distinct field, but rather as a school of thought that is complimentary to all areas of study.
For a spreadsheet detailing the Environmental Science classes offered for the double major in 2006-2007, click here.
To see the evironmentally related course offerings for Spring 2009, click here.
Energy and Water Sustainability minor
The minor will examine sustainability from an economic, social and environmental perspective. It will offer students an opportunity to learn some basic facts about how to deal with the challenges of how to supply our increasing demand for energy and water at a time when resources are becoming less and less available. The minor requires seven courses: three core courses, a design practicum and three electives focusing on either energy, water or sustainability, no more than two of which can be in the same category. The minor is designed to be flexible and accessible to all majors while exposing students to various disciplines.
Director: Jim Blackburn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Environmental Studies, a project of the Center
for the Study of Environment and Society (CSES), offers several interdisciplinary
environmental courses that are not tied to any major. The CSES also strives
to help students choose the course of study on the environment that best
matches their personal interests.
Students wishing for more information
may contact the CSES office, David Queller, or
Environmental Studies Courses
Environmental Science Double Major
Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary major coordinated
by the Center for the Study of Environment and Society. It addresses environmental
issues in the context of what we know about earth, ecology, and society.
In addition to its science core, the major also seeks to provide students
with some appreciation of social, cultural, and policy dimensions of environmental
issues, as well as exposure to the technologies of pollution control.
Advisor: André Droxler (email@example.com)
Environmental Engineering Sciences
The Environmental Engineering major is an interdisciplinary
program housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
and administered by a committee of professors from several departments
on campus. The major covers the breadth of water, soil and air media within
the context of engineering technologies and approaches to problem solving.
The degree requires a foundation in the natural sciences and electives
in many departments, giving students a broad, interdisciplinary background
for further study of environmental engineering.
Advisor: Mason Tomson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Environmental Policy Double Major
Environmental Policy is a track within the Policy
Studies major. This program gives students a background in how environmental
policies are developed and how science and engineering issues are included
in effective policy.
For more information, please contact Don
Ostdiek or visit the Policy
Chemical Engineering, Environmental Focus
Engineering Department requires undergraduates to choose a focus area
as part of the B.S.ChE. program. One of the focus areas students may select
is Environmental Engineering.