Technology and the Environment Minor

An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Minor at the University of Virginia.

General Description

The increasing prevalence of technology has affected the environment in complex and often unforeseen ways. Society is now demanding that all disciplines of engineering be environmentally aware. Furthermore, those that use and distribute technology need to appreciate its far-ranging impacts. For a more sophisticated understanding of the relationships between technology and the environment, engineers and managers require inter-disciplinary expertise.

The Technology and the Environment (TE) minor addresses these concerns with an interdisciplinary course of studies. A corner stone of the TE minor is basic knowledge of technologies that directly impact environmental systems. This technological foundation will allow students to build a more sophisticated understanding of how technology and the environment are inter-related. According to the interests of a student, courses from the areas of environmental planning and policy, history of the environment and technology, and management may be selected to complete the TE minor. Thus, students from across the university may participate in the Technology and the Environment minor. Students interested in completing the minor should contact the minor coordinator Teresa Culver (TBC4E@VIRGINIA.EDU, 924-6375).

Minor Curriculum

The minor will be composed of six courses. No more than two of these courses may be from a student’s own department. Thus, a student will be required to add breadth to their program through the completion of at least 4-courses outside of their major department.

All students are required to complete at least two courses in the environmental technology area, including one lower-level course (1000- or 2000-level) and at least one higher-level course (3000-level or higher). Each student must then choose an emphasis, by completing three courses, in one of three areas: Environmental Planning and Policy, Technology, the Environment, and Society or Management and Economics. The sixth course may be selected from any of the four areas listed below. A student may petition the minor supervisory committee to include courses not specifically listed below.


Lower-Level Courses (choose one course)

CE 2100 Introduction to Environmental Engineering

ENGR 2050 Introduction to Sustainable Energy Systems

EVSC 1010 Introduction to Environmental Sciences

EVSC 1080 Resources and the Environment

EVSC 1450 Climate Change, You, and CO2

EVSC 1600 Water on Earth

EVSC 1762 Water: Understanding our Essential Natural Resource

EVSC 2010/MSE 2010 Materials that Shape Civilizations

Higher-Level Courses (choose at least one course)

ARCH 3230 Building and Climate

ARCH 3260 Building Matters

ARCH 5300 Evaluating Eco-MOD

ARCH 5301 Eco-MOD Seminar

ARCH 5310 Learning Barge

CE 3050 Introduction to Green Engineering

CE 3100 Water for the World

CE 3200 Water Resources Engineering

CE 4100 Water Chemistry for Environmental Engineers

CE 4120 Experimental Analysis in Environmental Engineering

CE 4160 Environmental Microbiology for Engineers

CE 4270 Hydraulics of Rivers, Streams, and Channels

CE 5020 Intro to Geographic Info Systems

CE 5240 Ground-Water Hydrology and Contaminant Transport

CHE 4450 Energy Science and Technology

ECE 3250 Electromechanical Energy Conversion

EVSC 3020 GIS Methods

EVSC 3810 Earth Processes as Natural Hazards

EVSC 3880 Watersheds of Lewis and Clark

EVSC 4010 Introduction to Remote Sensing

EVSC 4040 Climate Change: Science, Markets, and Policy

EVSC 4070 Advanced GIS

EVSC 4090 Instrumental Methods for Analysis of Environmental Samples

EVSC 4240 Restoration Ecology

EVSC 4440 Climate Change

EVSC 4490 Air Pollution

EVSC 4660 Hydrological Field Methods and Data Analysis

EVSC 4830 Geological Field Methods in Envi Sci

EVSC 4840 Engineering Geology

MAE 4630 Energy Systems Design I

MAE 4640 Energy Systems Design II

MSE 3080 Corrosion, Batteries, and Fuel Cells

MSE 4055 Nanoscale Science And Technology

PLAC 5860 Green Cities/Green Sites

Emphasis Areas (choose at least three courses from one of the following areas)

ARCH 2150 Global Sustainability

COMM 3880 Global Sustainability

COMM 4824 Sustainable Development Practicum

ETP 4010 Environmental Decisions

EVSC 2030/ETP 2030/PLAP 2030 Introduction to Environmental Policy

EVSC 4030 Environmental Policymaking in the U.S.

GSVS 3110 Sustainable Communities

PLAC 5720 Transportation and Land Use

PLAC 5740 Transportation Planning and Policy

PLAC 5800 Green Lands

PLAC 5863 Climate Adaptation Planning

PLAN 3060 Land, Law, and the Environment

PLAN 3810 Toward the Resilient City

PLAN 3840 Ethics of Cities and Environment

PLAN 3860 Cities and Nature

PLAN 5600 Land Use and Growth Management

PLAN 5650 Brownfields Redevelopment

PLAN 5810 Sustainable Communities

PLAN 5830 Environmental Policy and Planning

PLAN 5840 Environmental Ethics and Sustainability

PLAN 5890 Global Environmental International Development

PLAP 4800/ETP 4800 Politics of the Environment

PLAP 4810/ETP 4810 Class Race and the Environment

STS 2620 Science and Technology Public Policy

ANTH 2291 Global Culture and Public Health

ANTH 2375 Disaster

ANTH 3340 Ecology and Society

ANTH 3710 Cities in History

HIEU 2051 Economic History of Europe

HIEU 3321 Scientific Revolution

HIEU 3322 Science in the Modern Age

HIEU 3772 Science in the Modern World

HIST 2062 Global Environmental History

HIST 2201 Technology in World History

HIST 3111 Technology and Cross Cultural Exchanges in Global History

HIUS 2061 American Economic History

HIUS 2070 American Power and Energies

HIUS 2081 Technology in American Society 1890-1990

HIUS 2711 American Environmental History

HIUS 3131 Emergence of Modern America

HIUS 3161 Viewing America

HIUS 3401 Development of American Science

HIUS 3411 American Business

HIUS 3451 American City 1700-1900

HIUS 3452 American City after 1900

PLAP 4810/ETP 4810 Class, Race, and the Environment

SOC 3470 Sociology of Development

SOC 3490 Cities and Culture

SOC 4640 Urban Sociology

STS 2010 Thomas Jefferson’s Interest in Science and Technology

STS 2020 History of Technology and Innovation

STS 2060 American Environmental History

STS 2071 American Powers and Energies

STS 2100 Techn. and Social Change in the 19th Century America

STS 2201 Technology in World History

STS 2760 Technology and Policy

ARCH 5340 Construction Practice Management

CE 4110 Environmental Systems Management

CE 5035 Construction Estimating and Bidding

COMM 4821 Managing Sustainable Development

COMM 4822 Invest in Sustainable Future

ECON 2010 Microeconomics

ECON 3010 Intermediate Microeconomics

ECON 3110 Mathematical Microeconomics

ECON 3430 Economics of Sustainability and Environment

ECON 4430 Environmental Economics

ENGR 4880 Business and Technical Leadership in Engineering

ETP 3860/COMM 3860 The Business of Saving Nature

EVSC 2070 Earth Systems Technology and Management

PLAN 5870 Environment and Economy

STS 4510 Business of New Product Development

STS 2740 Earth Systems Technology and Management

SYS 2001 System Engineering Concepts

SYS 3001 Art and Science of Systems Modeling

SYS 3034 System Evaluation

SYS 3060 Stochastic Decision Models

SYS 4000 Financial Aspects of Engineering

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found here.


Teresa B. Culver

Associate Professor

My lifelong love for the outdoors translated directly into the study of environmental and water resource engineering. At UVa, I have the honor of working with a new generation of engineers who will work to create a sustainable future.