UH adds new emphasis on energy

In an acknowledgment of the role energy plays in modern life, the University of Houston has added an interdisciplinary minor in energy and sustainability to its academic offerings.

The program will include courses taught by faculty members from across the campus, with topics ranging from sustainable development and the environmental biology of Texas to the economics of energy and international energy politics.

Ramanan Krishnamoorti, special assistant to UH President and Chancellor Renu Khator for the university’s energy initiative, said the minor is aimed at students majoring in a broad array of fields.

“This new minor can be taken by students majoring in business, engineering, technology, natural sciences and math, even public policy – anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in the energy industry,” Krishnamoorti said in a statement. “It will make UH students more relevant to the energy industry and more aware of the issues that will be important to them for the rest of their careers.”

The program will launch next fall, part of the university’s push to expand its energy offerings. It announced plans last fall to offer the nation’s first graduate program in subsea engineering.

Joseph Pratt, a professor of history and business who helped create the program, said it should be of interest to anyone living and working in Houston.

“If you live and work in the energy capital of the world, you need to be literate in energy and sustainability,” he said.

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Jeannie Kever joined the Houston Chronicle's energy team in September 2012. A native of West Texas, she has been at the Houston Chronicle since 1997, working in the features department for 10 years before moving to the city desk, where she reported on higher education, the 2010 Census and health care before moving to the business desk. She previously worked at the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune, the San Antonio Light, the Longview (Washington) Daily News, the El Paso Times and the San Angelo Standard Times.