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Advanced Environmental Law - Air & Water (LAW 341L)

"This course will begin with an introduction to pollution control, the common law antecedents, and early statutory developments. The remainder of the course will be devoted to an intensive study of the Clean Air Act and ... More
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Advanced Environmental Law - Toxics (LAW 341L)

This course will examine the provisions of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act relating to toxic substances as well as other statutes regulating toxic substances like the Toxic substances control Act and the Federal In... More
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Advances in CO2 Injection and Storage in Geologic Formations (GEO 391)

This class is a cross disciplinary, project-based course in new technology for greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Topics covered will include multiphase fluid flow, pore scale studies, imaging micromodels, capillary an... More
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Air Pollution Chemistry (CE 396L.1)

Classification, transport, transformation, deposition, sampling and analysis of particulate and gaseous air pollutants in urban, regional, and global - scale systems. More
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Air Pollution Control (CE 396L.3)

Sources, transport, fate, impacts, characteristics, and control of air contaminants; source control and prevention; urban air quality; occupational and residential indoor air quality. Design of air pollution control sys... More
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Air Pollution Engineering (CE 369L: CE 396L)

Sources, transport, fate, impacts, characteristics, and control of air contaminants; source control and prevention; urban air quality; occupational and residential indoor air quality. May be repreated for credit when top... More
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Air Sampling and Analysis (CE 397)

Collection and analysis of air samples for gaseous and particulate contaminants. Gas flow rate and calibration techniques, stationary source sampling and analysis, indoor air sampling, ozone and NOX ambient air modeling.... More
Research & Initiatives

Assessing Energy Requirements and Material Flows of Selective Laser Sintering Nylon Powder

Selective laser sintering (SLS) is a laser-based, additive manufacturing method for creating functional parts. Parts are built from a CAD model, layer-by-layer. The part is built inside a powder bed, and most of this pow... More
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Atmosphere Transport and Dispersion Model (CE 396L.5 )

Mathematical models of contaminant transport in the atmosphere; atmospheric turbulence and air pollution meteorology; Gaussian plume, gradient transport, and higher-order closure models; theoretical development and pract... More
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Brownfields Seminar: Redeveloping Contaminated Land (CRP 383)

Brownfields typically are abandoned, idled, or underused industrial or commercial land and buildings where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.1 The cleanup and subs... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Building Energy and Environments Program -- Architectural Engineering (MSE)

The Building Energy and Environments program (BEE) consists of faculty, staff and students who focus on a wide range of issues related to building environments. These issues include building energy usage, energy flows, a... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER)

The Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER) serves as a liaison for energy and environmental research, education, and public service at the University of Texas at Austin. It focuses on efficient and economic... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Environmental Research (CER) at Hornsby Bend

The Center for Environmental Research at the Austin Water Utility's Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant is a partnership formed in 1989 with the City of Austin, the University of Texas, and Texas A&M University to su... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law

The Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law at the University of Texas School of Law offers an extensive and unique curriculum to students interested in these areas of the law. The Cent... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Certificate in Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law - Master of Laws Program

The Law School's new Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law will allow LLM students to take advantage of a unique and innovative program. The Center is the only one of its kind, offeri... More
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Chemical Dynamics in the Environment (CE 397)

Environmental chemodynamics: interphase equilibrium, reactions, transport processes and related models for anthropogenic substances across natural interfaces (air-water-sediment-soil) and associated boundary regions. More
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Chemical Hydrogeology (GEO 476M)

An introduction to aqueous geochemistry and contaminant hydrogeochemistry; topics include basic thermodynamics, kinetics, rock-water interactions, and solute transport. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week... More
Faculty & Staff

Civins, Jeff

Mr. Civins specializes in all aspects of environmental law and toxic tort litigation and has taught a seminar on Environmental Litigation each Spring since 1992. More
Research & Initiatives

Coastal Studies Research

Coastal scientists at the Bureau of Economic Geology conduct research in Texas and around the world. The Bureau gained international recognition in the 1970's by using depositional systems concepts to map depositional en... More
Faculty & Staff

Davis, Janet

Dr. Davis' research interests include U.S. cultural and social history; popular culture; social thought; animal studies; women’s and gender history; U.S. social movements; and modern South Asia. Dr. Davis teaches on an... More
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Design for Environment (CHE 341)

Overview of environmental assessment tools for chemical processes and products, including life cycle and risk assessments. Overview of design tools for improving environmental performance of chemical processes, including... More
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Design of Wastewater and Water Treatment Facilities (CE 364)

Prerequisite: C E 356 and credit or registration for C E 342, or consent of instructor. More
Research & Initiatives

Dragonfly Master: Insect Diversity and Ecology

Part of Abbott’s research focuses on using ant and beetle species as indicators of ecological disturbance. Changes in insect densities and diversity can provide insights into important ecological disturbances, like pol... More
Research & Initiatives

Energy and Environment Resource Studies

The Bureau of Economic Geology has long been a leader in oil and gas resource studies. We are applying these proven research tools to the development of new hydrologic and geomorphic studies that provide a framework for ... More
Research & Initiatives

Energy Use and Opportunities in the Wastewater Treatment Sector

Sponsor: Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy More
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Engineering and Management of Municipal and Industrial Residuals (CE 388N)

Characterization and collection of solid wastes; biological, chemical and physical principles and integrated systems applicable to the treatment and disposal of municipal and industrial reduals. Two lecture hours and thr... More
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Engineering Communication (CE 333T)

This course prepares engineering students to communicate engineering innovations and solutions to a range of audiences, from non-technical to technical. It also encourages them to think critically about sustainability an... More
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Engineering Hydrology: Groundwater Pollution and Transfer (CE 394K.1 )

This course is designed to give graduate environmental and water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, geology, and other interested students a quantitative understanding of the physical and chemical processes... More
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Engineering Microbiology (CE 390J)

Fundamentals of microbiology and biochemistry as applied to environmental pollution and treatment processes, energetics and kinetics of microbial growth, and biological fate of pollutants; introduction to laboratory tech... More
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Environmental Analysis (CE 390L )

This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles of environmental chemistry and methods for the analysis of environmental samples. The principles of a given analysis should be understood before any anal... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Environmental Engineering Science Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

The goal of the Environmental Engineering Science emphasis area, within the EWRE program, is to determine the fate and transport of pollutants and develop an understanding of the fundamental chemical and biochemical reac... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Environmental Engineering Technical Area Option- Civil Engineering (BS)

Environmental Engineering is a Technical Area option within the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Science degree. Environmental engineers address problems related to public health and the en... More
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Environmental Health (HED 370K)

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to and overview of the key areas of environmental health. Using the perspectives of the population and community, the course will cover factors associated ... More
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Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society (CRP 383)

This course is about environmental law, a subject that necessarily includes consideration of environmental science, environmental economics, and environmental policy as essential elements of its analysis. In addition to ... More
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Environmental Law Practicum (LAW 397S)

This seminar will introduce you to the day-to-day tasks of the environmental lawyer. It covers four of the principal areas of environmental law practice: compliance counseling; administrative enforcement; environmental l... More
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Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (CE 397)

Life cycle analysis (LCA) identifies the “cradle to grave” environmental and sustainability impacts of a product, processes, or policy. This course teaches life cycle methods, including process-based methods, input-o... More
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Environmental Philosophy (PHL 388)

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Degree Plans & Curricula

Environmental Planning for Sustainable Communities Specialization - Community and Regional Planning (MSCRP)

The specialization in environmental and natural resources planning, within the Community and Regional Planning Masters Degree Program, provides students with a grounding in the scientific/technical dimensions, policy asp... More
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Environmental Sampling and Analysis (CE 370K)

Principles of environmental chemistry; measurement of contaminants in air, water, and land environments; applications to municipal, industrial, and ambient samples. More
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Environmental Science: A Changing World (GRG 304E)

This course will survey the major global environmental concerns affecting the Earth and its residents from the perspectives of the environmental sciences. As such, it also provides an introduction to how scientists moni... More
Research & Initiatives

Environmental Trace Contaminants

The goal of the CER’s research effort is to assess the long‐term safety, sustainability, and ecological impacts of applying Class B biosolids to the Hornsby Bend facility site. Most of the existing biosolids research... More
Research & Initiatives

Fracking Regulations: Is Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation Around the Corner?

Natural gas burns more cleanly than either coal or oil, is available domestically, and is seen by many as a “bridge fuel” between our traditional dependence on coal and oil and a cleaner energy future. So it’s no s... More
Faculty & Staff

Gamkhar, Shama

Shama Gamkhar teaches courses on public finance, financial management and environmental economic policy. Her research interests include fiscal federalism, intergovernmental grants, transportation finance, public school ... More
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Geoenvironmental Engineering (CE 387C)

The overall objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the use of geotechnical concepts in the analysis and design of environmental systems. Focus will be placed on the evaluation of waste containment fac... More
Faculty & Staff

Grimshaw, Thomas

Dr. Grimshaw’s professional interests are currently in areas related to energy policy, with emphasis on emerging energy technologies and resources. He is particularly interested in the intriguing case of cold fusion, w... More
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Groundwater Hydrology (GEO 476K)

Introduction to subsurface hydrology, emphasizing geological controls on groundwater flow; quantitative methods of analyzing aquifer systems; regional hydrology; water quality and pollution. Three lecture hours and one l... More
Faculty & Staff

Haragan, Kelly

Kelly Haragan is a clinical professor and Director of the Environmental Clinic. Kelly joined the faculty in 2008. Prior to joining the Clinic, Kelly worked as legal counsel for national nonprofits including: the Environm... More
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Hazardous Waste Management (CE 346K; CE 385J)

Legal and technological approaches to effective and sustainable control of hazardous wastes and contaminated sites, studied through problem evaluation and solution. More
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Hazards Planning (CRP 383)

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Research & Initiatives

Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory

The Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory is a program of the Austin Water Utility's Center for Environmental Research at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant. The 1200-acre Hornsby Bend site is located in southeast Austi... More
Faculty & Staff

Hovorka, Susan

Dr. Susan Hovorka is interested in the application of geological techniques to environmental problems, particularly focusing on the issue of permeability in both tight and very transmissive systems. This interest has lea... More
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Human Exposure to Indoor Air Pollution (CE 396L.6)

This course will focus on human inhalation exposure to pollution in both the gaseous and particle (liquid and solid) phases. The emphasis will be on non-industrial indoor environments, but the underlying principles and t... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Indoor Environmental Science and Engineering Program (IGERT)

The mission of this program is to provide a unique and interdisciplinary educational experience focused on indoor environmental science and engineering. Our program is grounded in scientific principles and the developme... More
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Introduction To Environmental Engineering (CE 341 )

This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles of environmental engineering. Topics include material balances, environmental chemistry, risk assessment, air quality, water quality, and wastewater trea... More
Faculty & Staff

Katz, Lynn

Dr. Katz's teaching interests include aquatic chemistry, surface and interfacial phenomena, physicochemical treatment processes for water and wastewater and biological wastewater treatment. Her research has focused on th... More
Faculty & Staff

Kinney, Kerry

Dr. Kinney's research in environmental engineering focuses on the beneficial application of microorganisms to the treatment of pollutants in the environment. Her research team develops biological treatment systems for co... More
Faculty & Staff

Kirisits, Mary Jo

Dr. Kirisits's teaching interests include biological treatment processes, biofilms, environmental microbiology, and molecular biology. Her research emphasizes the importance of applying the tools of molecular biology and... More
Faculty & Staff

Klein, Dale

Dale E. Klein is Associate Director of the Energy Institute and Associate Vice President for Research at UT-Austin. Formerly he was Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and also served as a member of the Commiss... More
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Living With A Planet (GEO 302P)

Environmental change on local and global scales, as a result of natural and anthropogenic causes. The human dimension of global change, including air and water pollution, desertification, deforestation, use of resources,... More
Faculty & Staff

Malina, Joseph

Biological treatment of municipal and industrial wastewaters; handling, treatment, and disposal of municipal sludges; industrial residuals and hazardous wastes; solid waste engineering; computer-aided-engineering of wast... More
Faculty & Staff

McGarity, Thomas

Professor McGarity is a leading scholar in the fields of both administrative law and environmental law. More
Faculty & Staff

Meckel, Timothy A.

Dr. Meckel's research interests include stratigraphy, structural geology, and tectonics. He has been involved with several large field projects studying carbon sequestration in geological formations in order to reduce gr... More
Centers & Institutes

Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) develops and facilitates partnerships that enhance coastal decision making through an integrated program of research, education, and stewardship. The Missio... More
Research & Initiatives

Native Turfgrass Project

Using a grant from Wal-Mart, the Lady Bird Wildflower Center is in year two of an effort to develop a multi-species turf grass that conserves water, is disease resistant and stands up to foot traffic, while creating the ... More
Research & Initiatives

Near Surface Observatory

Bureau researchers apply modern geophysical, geologic, and remote-sensing methods to address problems in the surface and near-surface environment. Surface, airborne, and borehole tools scale from regional to local studie... More
Faculty & Staff

Nicot, Jean-Philippe

Dr. Nicot's research interests include numerical modeling of multiphase flow and contaminant transport in both the unsaturated and saturated zones; geochemical modeling and reactive transport; water resources management;... More
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Nuclear Environmental Protection (ME 389C)

Ionizing radiation and its interactions with matter and living tissues; radioactive decay kinetics; external and internal dose measurement; transportation through the environment; managing radioactive waste streams; and ... More
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Nuclear Health Physics (ME 389D)

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Particles in Water (CE 397)

The science and engineering of behavior of particles in water. Interactions of particles with the solution and other particles (double layer, hydrodynamics), and engineering processes for particle removal (flocculation, ... More
Research & Initiatives

Preparing for EPA Effluent Limitation Guidelines

In this project, monitoring and testing experiments will be conducted to: determine "typical turbidity" representative of TxDOT's construction site discharges, collect performance data on innovative erosion and sediment ... More
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Radioactive Waste Management (CE 377K; ME 389E)

This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of sources of radiation, ionizing radiation, its interaction with matter and living tissues, radioactive decay kinetics, external and internal radiation d... More
Faculty & Staff

Reible, Danny

Dr. Reible is the Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering at the University of Texas and Coordinator of Environmental and Water Resources in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmenta... More
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Resource Management / Recycling (CRP 383)

Resource Management and Recycling (CRP 383) provides students a working knowledge of the history, trends, conflicts, and opportunities presented by the growing resource and solid waste crises. The class focuses on achiev... More
Faculty & Staff

Romanak, Katherine Duncker

Dr. Romanak's research interests include geochemistry and isotope systematics of carbon cycling in the vadose zone and in freshwater aquifers; soil-gas monitoring and surface gas flux measurements at CO2 sequestration si... More
Research & Initiatives

SACROC Historic Oil Field

The Gulf Coast Carbon Center has been conducting a major research project in the Scurry Area Canyon Reef Operators (SACROC) oilfield near the eastern edge of the Permian Basin in Scurry County, Texas. Since 1972 over 175... More
Research & Initiatives

SECARB Stacked Storage Test

The Bureau of Economic Geology Gulf Coast Carbon Center is currently conducting a $34 million multi-year field study of sequestration and monitoring strategies for long-term storage of carbon dioxide. The site for the pr... More
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Technology and Its Impact on the Environment (CHE 357)

Study of sources and fates of environmental pollutants; environmental quality standards--their measurement and regulation; and pollution control design procedures. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisit... More
Research & Initiatives

The Greening of the University of Texas at Austin Main Campus

This paper briefly describes UTSOA student team documentations of proposed strategies for a greening of the University of Texas at Austin main campus. The investigations use the campus as a laboratory to explore how to e... More
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Topics in Architectural Theory: Sustainable Architecture (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

This class proposes to establish a goal of investigating applied research green building systems that could be utilized as resource conservation strategies for the greening of the main campus at the University of Texas a... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Treatment Processes Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

Current research within the Water and Wastewater Treatment area, within the EWRE program, encompasses the three main categories of treatment processes: separations, biological transformations, and chemical transformation... More
Faculty & Staff

Wagner, Wendy

Professor Wagner is a leading authority on the use of science by environmental policy-makers. She received a Masters of Environmental Studies in 1984 and her law degree in 1987, both from Yale, where she was Senior Edito... More
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Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering (CE 342)

Prerequisite: C E 341 and credit or registration for C E 319F, or consent of instructor. More
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Water and Wastewater Treatment: Advanced Treatment Processes (CE 385L.3)

Principles of treatment of domestic and industrial water, wastewater and sludges. More
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Water and Wastewater Treatment: Physical and Chemical Treatment (CE 385L.1)

Principles of treatment of domestic and industrial water, wastewater and sludges. Three lecture hours or two and one-halflecture hours and one laboratory hour a week for one semester. More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Water Quality Management Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

Current research within the Water Quality Management major area of emphasis, within the EWRE program, focuses on the processes and engineering systems that control the quality, transport, and fate of surface and subsurfa... More
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Water Quality Modeling (CE 385K.3)

Analysis of water quality in natural systems and of effects of wastewater discharges. Mathematical modeling of water quality, including dissolved oxygen, nutrients, and toxic substances in lakes, reservoirs, and estuarie... More
Research & Initiatives

Water Quality Performance of Permeable Friction Course on Curbed Sections

The permeable friction course (PFC) has been demonstrated in TxDOT Project 0-5220 to provide a substantial improvement in the quality of highway runoff. This reduction in pollutant concentrations is sufficient to meet th... More
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Water Quality: Stream, Impoundment, and Estuarine Analysis II (CE 385K.2)

Analysis of water quality in natural systems and of effects of wastewater discharges. Application of methods of analysis to development of a water quality management plan for a water body in Texas. Additional prerequisi... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Water Resources Engineering Technical Area Option -- Civil Engineering (BS)

Water Resources Engineering is a Technical Area option within the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Bachelor of Science degree. Water resource engineers deal with the engineering aspects of hydrology an... More
Faculty & Staff

Yang, Changbing

Dr. Yang's research interests include numerical modeling of multiphase flow and contaminant transport in both the unsaturated and saturated zones; geochemical modeling and reactive transport; inverse modeling of non-isot... More
Faculty & Staff

Young, Robert

Dr. Robert F. Young works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the fields of urban planning, sustainable economic development, and urban ecology. His research centers on the planning, govern... More