School of Green Chemistry and Engineering

Undergraduate Programs

The School of Green Chemistry and Engineering currently offers through our partner departments an undergraduate Minor in Green Chemistry and Engineering (MGCE) and several courses in green chemistry, green engineering, and environmental chemistry. Descriptions for selected courses are provided at the bottom of this page.  The courses on Green Chemistry and Green Engineering Principles are offered every fall semester and the courses on Green Engineering Applications and Environmental Chemistry are offered every spring. Green Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry have been offered in a distance learning format, mainly for non-UT students enrolled at regional colleges and universities, since the fall of 2016.  Details on the Minor in Green Chemistry and Engineering are provided below and in the attached flyer.

The MGCE is designed for students who want to expand the breadth of their undergraduate majors by incorporating the principles of green chemistry and green engineering into their BA or BS degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental science or a related area. The MGCE addresses a need for scientists and engineers broadly trained in chemistry, environmental chemistry, chemical engineering, toxicology, life-cycle assessment, chemical alternatives assessment, and environmental regulations and policy.

Students must complete at least 21 hours of course work according to the guidelines presented here. Students completing the MGCE must be sure that at least 12 credit hours of the minor requirements are unique to the MGCE, and are not being used to satisfy requirements in the major or another minor. For example, CHEM 3810 can be used to complete a requirement for the MGCE or the minor in renewable energy, but not both.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS                                                                     
COURSE                                                                                                                            HOURS    
 The following are required:       
CHEM 2410               Organic Chemistry I                                                                           3
CHEM 2420               Organic Chemistry II                                                                          3
CHEM 4200               Green Chemistry                                                                               3
CHEE 4010                Green Engineering Principles for Chemical Processes*                       3

Select at least one of the following courses:   
CHEM 4210               Environmental Chemistry                                                                  3
CHEE 4110                Green Engineering Applications in Chemical Industries                     3

Select at least one of the following courses:
CHEM 3810               Chemistry of Sustainable Energy Resources                                      3
CHEE 4120                Biofuels                                                                                            3
EEES 4220                 Environmental Geochemistry                                                            3
EEES 4450                 Hazardous Waste Management                                                         3
ECON 3240               Environmental Economics                                                                 3
PSC 4340                  Environmental Policy                                                                        3

TOTAL                                                                                                                              21 

*In lieu of taking CHEE 4010, chemical engineering majors must take one additional class from the two lists of optional classes.

Representative examples of how a student might fulfill the requirements for the MGCE are provided below. Note that many options are possible. Students are encouraged to tailor the minor to their personal interests through selection of electives from the lists provided.

Major in Chemical Engineering
A student majoring in chemical engineering could complete the requirements for the MGCE as follows: CHEM 2410, CHEM 2420, CHEM 4200, CHEM 4210, CHEE 4110, CHEE 4120 and EEES 4450.

Major in Chemistry
A student majoring in chemistry could complete the requirements for the MGCE as follows:  CHEM 2410, CHEM 2420, CHEM 4200, CHEM 4210, CHEE 4010, CHEE 4120 and EEES 4450.

Major in Environmental Science
A student majoring in environmental science with a chemistry concentration could complete the requirements for the MGCE as follows: CHEM 2410, CHEM 2420, CHEM 4200, CHEE 4010, CHEM 4210, CHEM 3810, and EEES 4220 or EEES 4450.



Chemistry of Sustainable Energy Resources (CHEM 3810:  3 credit hours)
Application of the principles of chemistry to understand the issues related to implementing and optimizing a sustainable supply of energy.

Green Chemistry (CHEM 4200:   3 credit hours)
Advanced topics in green chemistry, including industrial applications, atom economy, safer solvent substitutions, alternatives assessment, green metrics (PMI, E-factor), basic life cycle analysis, and an introduction to chemical toxicology.  (Syllabus)

Environmental Chemistry  (CHEM 4210:  3 credit hours)
This course will focus on the chemistry of air, water, and soil with specific emphasis on the effects of human-made chemical products and by-products on the environment. Connections with green chemistry will be highlighted.  (Syllabus)

Green Engineering Principles for Chemical Processes (CHEE 4010:  3 credit hours)
The principles of chemical process analysis and design are introduced for the development of green engineering processes. Common components of chemical processes are reviewed and quantitative analyses of process performance and economics developed. The impact of design variables on materials and energy usage is demonstrated.

Green Engineering Applications in Chemical Industries (CHEE 4110:  3 credit hours)
Applications of green engineering principles in the chemical industry are discussed. Metrics for comparing process options are introduced along with common techniques for improving process performance

Biofuels  (CHEE 4120:  3 credit hours)
The technical, economic, social, and political issues associated with energy consumption are discussed.  The potential for biofuels to replace current energy sources is examined based on the historical evolution of the industry and current research activity.

Environmental Economics  (ECON 3240:  3 credit hours)
Economic analysis of the causes of environmental problems; Examination of various economic policies for addressing current environmental issues such as pollution control policies and optimal use of resources.

Environmental Geochemistry  (EEES 4220:  3 credit hours)
Chemical reactions of environmental concern.  Water and soil chemistry related to contaminant fate and mobility.   Petroleum formation, migration and accumulation in the subsurface.  Computer software used.

Hazardous Waste Management  (EEES 4450:  3 credit hours)
Environmental regulations concerning hazardous waste, characteristics of hazardous waste and disposal technologies, toxicology, characteristics of organic chemicals and heavy metals, biodegradation, soil science, groundwater contamination, risk assessment, site investigation.

Environmental Policy  (PSC 4340:  3 credit hours)
Policy for air and water pollution control, hazardous wastes, nuclear wastes. Examination of EPA, Congressional committees, state and city agencies. Some international issues.


Last Updated: 6/30/19