The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in collaboration with several other Rice University departments offers a minor in energy and water sustainability (EWSU). Sustainable development is a societal goal that challenges traditional ways of thinking and requires alternative approaches and solutions to balance environmental, economic and social interests. Carbon management strategies and renewable resources will be key elements of energy policy for the coming decades. Similarly, the long-term viability of existing water use and human settlement patterns must be reconsidered given the effect of climate change on freshwater availability, as well as increasing competing demands for this limited resource. More generally, the dedication of materials, energy and ecological resources will become more important in economic decision-making, while more and more members of society will demand equity in decision-making processes.
Rice students are encouraged to reach out to their degree advisers when they have questions throughout the year and must follow the degree requirements outlined in the General Announcements for either matriculation or graduating year. To get started with declaring your major or for advising support, please make an appointment to meet with the E.W.S.U. adviser below. Bring a transcript copy to the visit, along with your declaration form (if declaring).
Group advising sessions are also announced each semester by the department shortly before registration opens. These are led by CEE faculty advisors and Chi Epsilon and ASCE senior students.
For declaring your minor, verification of degree plans or submission of specialty-specific adviser-approved course substitutions via petition in Degreeworks:
Need more help or guidance? Contact Jennifer Mashburn, CEE Undergraduate Programs, 713-348-4656