Sustainability Courses

UTSA offers a wide variety of Sustainability-related courses

ANT 4303 | Water, Sustainability, and Health

Drawing on environmental and medical anthropology, this course explores how anthropologists study issues related to water, sustainability, and health and how these are shaped by political, economic, and ecologic factors over time. This course introduces students to several of the key theoretical frameworks through which anthropologists examine struggles around water and the human consequences of water scarcity.

3 Credit Hours

ANT 6703 | Human Population Ecology

Prerequisite: Admission to the Doctoral Program in Anthropology or consent of instructor. A synthesis of core constructs in population ecology as they apply to the anthropological study of human populations. The focus is on understanding biocultural variables and multiplicity of causality in human population ecology. Topics include human demography and reproductive ecology; behavioral ecology and life history theory; epidemiology and the environmental history of human health and disease; conflict and cooperation within and between human populations; and, sustainability and the human impact on the natural environment.

3 Credit Hours

ARC 1133 |Construction Material and Concepts

Introduction to concepts and skills fundamental to structure, construction, building enclosure, sustainability, and interior environments. Analysis and selection of materials, components, and assemblies. Introduction to the historic role of materials in architectural and interior design. (Formerly ARC 2213 and COA 1133. Credit cannot be earned for ARC 1133 and either ARC 2213 or COA 1133).

3 Credit Hours

ARC 5713 | Environmental Architecture and Sustainability

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. A study of history and theory of environmentally sustainable design. Includes the review of the general discourse of sustainability and consideration of the tools and techniques employed to produce sustainable architectural environments. (Formerly ARC 5153. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 5713 and ARC 5153).

3 Credit Hours

ARC 5723 | Applications in Sustainable Design

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. An introduction to the integration of environmental performance criteria in architectural design. Includes the application of simulation methods, design decision support tools, rating systems (e.g., LEED), and consideration of building energy consumption patterns, conservation strategies, solar shading, solar access, integration of electric and daylight, and the life cycle analysis of materials and systems.

3 Credit Hours

ARC 5733 | Advanced Building Technology and Sustainability

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. An advanced study of building technology, sustainability, and building performance. Includes consideration of sustainable techniques, technologies, building enclosure, and environmental systems for new and existing buildings. Addresses issues of systems integration and performance optimization. (Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 5513 and ARC 5733).

3 Credit Hours

ARC 5913 | Introduction to Construction Materials and Concepts

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor, and enrollment in the M.Arch. 3 program. Introduction to concepts and skills fundamental to structures, construction, building enclosure, sustainability, and interior environments along with the analysis and selection of materials, components, and assemblies. Provides an introduction to the historical role of materials in architectural and interior design.

3 Credit Hours


ARC 5923 | Principles of Structures

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor, and enrollment in the March. 3 program. Introduction to architectural structures including the principles and systems of structural materials that consider the spatial, structural, sustainable, and aesthetic qualities possible in the articulation of structure through architectural design. (Formerly titled “Introduction to Structures I”).

3 Credit Hours

ARC 6013 | Theories and Philosophies of Regionalism

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. A survey of the discourse of architectural regionalism. Includes consideration of regionalist theory and practice in the twentieth century, regional planning, critical regionalism, bioregionalism, sustainability, and issues such as modernity, globalization, cultural identity, authenticity, place, and tradition. (Formerly ARC 5213. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 6013 and ARC 5213).

3 Credit Hours

ARC 6463 | Heritage Tourism Planning and Design

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Course introduces the theory, practice and current issues of cultural heritage tourism planning and design as a socio-cultural phenomenon. Topics include motives and behaviors of heritage tourists, resources and attractions, plus public interpretation and management policy. Explores connection of cultural heritage tourism to sustainable community development.

3 Credit Hours

ARC 6513 | Sustainable Tourism Development

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. An advanced study of the environmental, economic, and socio-cultural aspects of sustainable tourism development, and the basic concepts and theories of sustainability in tourist destinations. Topics include sense of place, identity, community participation, sustainable design of city spaces and tourist places. Emphasize on sustainable tourism potentials, tourism futures and marketing tourism destinations.

3 Credit Hours

CE 5483 | Urban Transportation
An introduction to urban passenger transportation planning in
USA with a sustainability focus. It will cover the history and evolution of transportation systems in the USA, Transportation-Land Use interactions, and Sustainability with focus on Environmental and Social Sustainability and policies and planning approaches to achieve it. Additionally, the course will explore travel behavior basics and modeling travel choices, the comprehensive planning process with its multiple dimensions, Land Use/Activity System modeling; forecasting economic activity and population, and the future of transportation. By the end of this course, a student will be able to understand the history of planning process and its evolution, describe and explain the forces that affect the urban activity system, and identify the key elements of the urban planning process, comprehend the challenges of planning process, and apply analytical techniques that support the planning process.

3 Credit Hours

CE 5643 | Sustainable Energy Systems

Course explores various facets of sustainable energy systems and their role in securing America’s energy future. It covers national and global energy trends, social, political, regulatory, technical/economic constraints and policy considerations. The course uses a systems approach in examining the technology and economics behind each alternative energy source and the major qualitative and quantitative factors affecting their large-scale deployment. (Same as ME 5273. Credit cannot be earned for both CE 5643 and ME 5273).

3 Credit Hours

CSM 4613 | Sustainable Building Practice

Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Construction Science and Management major or permission of instructor. Ethics and application of environmental sustainability practice in building construction. Introduction to U.S. Green Building Council LEED program standards, methods, and procedures as applied to construction documents interpretation and construction. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

3 Credit Hours

CSM 5243 | Sustainable Construction and Delivery

Sustainability principles applied to design, construction and operation of built environment. Emphasis on site management and constructability.

3 Credit Hours

CSM 5413 | Advanced Topics in Construction Systems

The management of the construction process pertaining to large, complex, and unique buildings. The management of sustainable construction, adaptive use of existing buildings, and historic preservation projects will be included. (Formerly ARC 5413. Credit cannot be earned for both CSM 5413 and ARC 5413).

3 Credit Hours

EE 4763 | Power Electronics

Prerequisites: EE 3113 and EE 3413. Switch-mode power conversion, analysis and control of DC-DC converters, DC-AC inverters for motor drives and to interface renewable energy sources with utility, AC-DC rectifiers, applications in sustainable energy systems, introduction to power semiconductor devices and magnetic components. Generally offered: Spring.

3 Credit Hours

ENT 6971 | Special Problems in Entrepreneurship

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Problems courses may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a Master’s degree. Example topics cover the gamut of subjects important to technology entrepreneurs: venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, negotiating technology contracts, valuation of innovative technology, understanding the sustainable energy sector, understanding the materials sector, understanding the information technology sector, new product development, and intellectual property law for entrepreneurs.

1 Credit Hour

ENT 6972 | Special Problems in Entrepreneurship

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Problems courses may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a Master’s degree. Example topics cover the gamut of subjects important to technology entrepreneurs: venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, negotiating technology contracts, valuation of innovative technology, understanding the sustainable energy sector, understanding the materials sector, understanding the information technology sector, new product development, and intellectual property law for entrepreneurs.

2 Credit Hours

ENT 6973 | Special Problems in Entrepreneurship

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Problems courses may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a Master’s degree. Example topics cover the gamut of subjects important to technology entrepreneurs: venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, negotiating technology contracts, valuation of innovative technology, understanding the sustainable energy sector, understanding the materials sector, understanding the information technology sector, new product development, and intellectual property law for entrepreneurs.

3 Credit Hours

ES 2023 | Introduction to Environmental Science II

An introduction to the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies needed to understand the interactions of the abiotic component of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems within the abiotic component of the natural world, risk assessment of these environmental problems, and to promote environmental sustainability. General attention is given to the abiotic environmental factors including natural hazards, pollution processes, energy resources, sustainability, and changes occurring in ecosystems. May apply toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Life and Physical Sciences. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

3 Credit Hours

ES 4153 | Introduction to Sustainability

Prerequisites: ES 2023 and junior or senior status: a minimum of 60 semester credit hours, or consent of instructor. This course will examine the major environmental issues and trends happening in modern society from a scientific and practical perspective, including biodiversity, population, food and water resources, climate change, energy, public health, and the overall forecast for the environment for the next several decades.

3 Credit Hours

ES 6053 | Sustainability and Renewable Energy

Prerequisite: Graduate standing. This course provides an introduction to energy systems and renewable energy resources. It will be a scientific examination of the energy field and an emphasis on alternate energy sources, their technology, application, and how they can lead to a more sustainable future. The class will explore society’s present needs and future energy demands, examine conv.

3 Credit Hours

FIN 4733 | Principles of Sustainable Real Estate Development

Prerequisites: MGT 3003, FIN 3014, FIN 3433, and FIN 4713 or FIN 4723, or consent of instructor, approval of the Department Chair and Dean of the College. The examination of the principles involved in creating value through the real estate development process. Economic, regulatory, planning, financing, management and disposition issues are considered in the marketing and financial analyses of development prospects. (Same as RFD 4733. Credit cannot be earned for both FIN 4733 and RFD 4733. Finance majors cannot take RFD 4733 as an upper-division finance elective).

3 Credit Hours

GEO 4063 | Advanced Environmental Geology

Prerequisites: GEO 1103 and GEO 1111. An analysis of human interaction with geologic systems; the risks and effects of natural geologic hazards such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and floods. Topics will include the effects of human activity on natural systems such as groundwater quality and recharge, river systems, coastal hazards, energy resources, and climate change. The meaning of “sustainability” as a long-term concept and tools to assess and work with Earth systems to avoid endangering human life and property are also topics that are applied and addressed. GEO 4063 is a writing intensive course and project management skills are utilized in working on geologic investigations and solutions for resource management and in analyzing and mitigating natural hazard events.

3 Credit Hours

GRG 5433 | Environmental Landscape Management

An assessment of management practices and policies in a variety of landscapes. In-depth evaluations of ecosystem services and land use needs, and management practices that are used to address various land use goals. Emphasis will be placed on the role of spatial scale in management and in sustainable management practices.

3 Credit Hours

MKT 5333 | Economics of Tourism and Sustainable Development

Examines the macroeconomic effect of tourism on a destination and the microeconomic aspects of sustainable tourism. Students are introduced to the theory and research methods involved in conducting economic impact studies, feasibility studies, and forecasting visitor arrivals.

3 Credit Hours

ME 4593 | Alternative Energy Sources

Prerequisites: ME 4293 and ME 4313. Solar, nuclear, wind, hydrogen, and geothermal energy sources. Resources, production, utilization, economics, sustainability, and environmental considerations. (Formerly ME 3593. Credit cannot be earned for both ME 3593 and ME 4593..

3 Credit Hours

ME 5273 | Alternative Energy Sources

Prerequisite: ME 3293. Solar, nuclear, wind, hydrogen, and geothermal energy sources. Resources, production, utilization, economics, sustainability, and environmental considerations. (Same as CE 5643. Credit cannot be earned for both ME 5273 and CE 5643).

3 Credit Hours

PAD 5223 | Urban Management

With a focus on local government, this course examines the intersection of administrative, political, fiscal, economic, and social processes for delivering public services. Students will explore the ways government creates opportunity and incentives, implements policy, serves citizens, and provides basic services in a complex environment. Topics may include contemporary issues in urban areas, urban finance, citizen participation, local government tax policies, sustainability, and intergovernmental dimensions of urban management.

3 Credit Hours

PAD 5383 | Housing Policy

An examination of U.S. housing policy at the federal, state, and local level. This course places housing policy within the context of sustainable communities and includes an analysis of issues such as the economic functioning of housing markets, urban politics, and challenges associated with social and geo-spatial segmentation. The course also focuses on the collaborative nature of housing policy design and implementation, including the role of the public sector, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit sector.

3 Credit Hours

PAD 5503 | Urban Planning and Society

This course examines the role of planning in the context of society, including the institutional setting and governmental environment of planning practice. Topics include citizen participation, growth strategies, community sustainability, zoning and development regulation, strategic and comprehensive planning, and development analysis. The role of planners in fostering social equity and in bridging public and private interests is also explored. (Formerly titled “Introduction to Urban Planning”).

3 Credit Hours

PAD 5523 | Community Sustainability

This course examines policy issues associated with the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of communities, and provides an exploration of policy tools appropriate for enhancing the effectiveness of such efforts. The course focuses on the nexus among diverse, yet related, policy areas such as transportation, land use, housing, education, resource protection, and economic development, especially against a background of socioeconomic context and community self-governance.

3 Credit Hours

RFD 3533 | Principles of Construction for Real Estate Professionals

The principles of construction methods and management with application to sustainable real estate development and adaptive reuse, facility and property management, real estate brokerage and real estate lending. Topics include building code requirements, AIA forms, assembling and interpreting construction documents, construction materials and methods, LEED construction requirements, tenant improvements, construction cost estimating and project cost tracking, and construction project management.

3 Credit Hours

RFD 4733 | Principles of Sustainable Real Estate Development

Prerequisites: MGT 3003, FIN 3014, FIN 3433, and FIN 4713 or FIN 4723, or consent of instructor, and approval of the Department chair and the Dean of the College. The examination of the principles involved in creating value through the real estate development process. Economic, regulatory, planning, sustainability, financing, management and disposition issues are considered in the marketing and financial analyses of development prospects. (Same as FIN 4733. Credit cannot be earned for both RFD 4733 and FIN 4733. Real Estate Finance and Development majors cannot take FIN 4733 to meet degree requirements.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

3 Credit Hours

URP 3123 | Introduction to Community and Regional Planning and Urban Design

Introduction to basic practices in community planning and urban design issues, including theoretical/historical bases; developing neighborhood plans/projects; indicators and evaluation of neighborhood sustainability; community patterns; institutional framework, site planning analysis; zoning ordinances; subdivision ordinances; community services, circulation; mixed-use, and community development programming. (Formerly ARC 4123. Credit cannot be earned for both ARC 4123 and URP 3123).

3 Credit Hours

CSM 4613 | Sustainable Building Practice

Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Construction Science and Management major or permission of instructor. Ethics and application of environmental sustainability practice in building construction. Introduction to U.S. Green Building Council LEED program standards, methods, and procedures as applied to construction documents interpretation and construction. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

3 Credit Hours

URP 4123 | Sustainable Community Development

Introduction to land use planning topics including new urbanism, growth management, sustainable infrastructure planning, and LEED Neighborhood Development.

3 Credit Hours

URP 5313 | Housing Design and Neighborhood Planning

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. An examination of the evolution of housing and neighborhood design and planning with emphasis on sustainable planning and design methods, and solutions. (Formerly ARC 5313. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5313 and ARC 5313).

3 Credit Hours

URP 5323 | Community Planning and Design

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. A study of sustainable design, planning, economic, financial, and environmental issues that shape multicultural communities, regions and borders. (Formerly ARC 5323 and ARC 6233. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: URP 5323, ARC 5323 or ARC 6233).

3 Credit Hours

URP 5373 | Planning and Design of Suburbs

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. A survey of the historical evolution and relationship between suburbs and central cities, contemporary trends in suburban planning, and sustainable development options. (Formerly ARC 5373. Credit cannot be earned for both URP 5373 and ARC 5373).

3 Credit Hours

URP 5453 | Urban and Regional Sustainability

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Seminar on the main challenges involved in the global planning and developing of sustainable cities and regions. Issues covered include land use, transportation, housing and infrastructure, economic and social equity.

3 Credit Hours