Environment, Technology, and Economy

About Environment, Technology and Economy

Environment, Technology and Economy takes on the complex and urgent issues of global sustainability by challenging students to explore the relationships among natural and built environments; advances in technology and efficiency; and the impact of economic sectors, such as energy, transportation, and manufacturing.

Students examine the most current developments in sustainability – from the growth of green business ventures, to technological advances in clean energy production, to human impacts on ecosystems and the natural environment. 

ETE welcomes students of all majors who are interested in investigating the multiple dimensions of sustainable development, particularly in relation to their own majors.

Active Learning

ETE students enhance classroom learning by participating in field trips and class projects that put an emphasis on design thinking and problem-solving protocols.  Trips include tours and interviews of local green businesses (e.g. Honest Tea & Savenia Labs); visits to sites that apply technology to solve environmental problems (e.g. National Institute of Standards and Technology);  as well as trips to the UMD Terp Farm, canoeing, geocaching, and hiking.  

As the University is quickly moving to become one of the nation's greenest campuses, ETE also works closely with the Office of Sustainability and other campus partners to facilitate sustainable initiatives on campus.  Student projects have included building energy & water usage inventories, increasing composting at UMD dining facilities; and working with local businesses & schools on making daily operations more sustainable.  Several projects have been awarded grant money to put their ideas into action. 

Colloquium and Lecture Topics

  • UMD Campus Sustainability Virtual Tour
  • Calculating Ecological Footprints and Forkprints
  • Global Climate Change & Ecosystem Services
  • Guest Lectures on case studies like Bronx Revitalization, Cove Point & GIS in practice
  • Corporate Sustainability and Ecological Economics
  • New & Emerging Trends in Energy & Transportation Sectors
  • Career Panel 

Curriculum Overview

The following table represents a typical four-year curriculum, but individual schedules may vary. Details about courses and requirements can be found on the Environment, Technology and Economy Citation Checklist.

View, print or download Environment, Technology and Economy Citation Checklist

Freshman Fall   Freshman Spring  
Course Credits Course Credits
Scholars Colloquium 1 Scholars Colloquium 1
4-5 Courses toward degree and major requirements 12-15 4-5 Courses toward degree and major requirements  12-15
Sophomore Fall   Sophomore Spring  
Course Credits Course Credits
Scholars Colloquium 1 Scholars Practicum  1-3
4-5 Courses toward degree and major requirements  12-15 4-5 Courses toward degree and major requirements  12-15

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Chestertown Hall


1108B Chestertown
Ph: 301-314-1519

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