Introductory Courses
Foundational Courses
Junior Seminars
Advanced Courses

Introductory Courses

1 course chosen from:
EPS/ESE 6. Introduction to Environmental Science and Engineering
EPS/ESE 50. The Fluid Earth: Oceans, Atmosphere, Climate, and Environment
GE 1085. Energy Resources and the Environment
GE 1094. Confronting Climate Change
GE 1137. The Challenge of Human Induced Climate Change: Transitioning to a Post Fossil Fuel Future
GE 1158. Water and the Environment

Foundational Courses

Physical Sciences — 1 course chosen from:
PS 1. Chemical Bonding, Energy, and Reactivity: An Introduction to the Physical Sciences OR
PS 11. Foundations and Frontiers of Modern Chemistry: A Molecular and Global Perspective 

Mathematics and/or Statistics — 2 courses
Minimum: Mathematics 1a. Introduction to Calculus and Mathematics 1b. Calculus, Series, and Differential Equations (these two courses are the minimum requirements).  Advanced courses are encouraged.

Biological Sciences — 1 course chosen from:
OEB 10. Foundations of Biological Diversity OR
OEB 55. Ecology: Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems

Environmental Science & Public Policy — 1 course chosen from:
ESPP 77. Technology, Environment, and Society OR
ESPP 78. Environmental Politics

Economics — 1 course:
Economics 1661. Economics of Climate Change and Environmental Policy 

Junior Seminars
ESPP 90e. Conservation Biology
ESPP 90g. The Law and Policy of Climate Change: Influencing Decision Makers
ESPP 90k. Applied Environmental Policy Analysis: Air Pollution, Solar Geoengineering and Environmental Justice
ESPP 90n. Addressing the Global Climate Crisis: Challenges for Both Developed and Developing Economies
ESPP 90s. The Technology, Economics, and Public Policy of Renewable Energy
ESPP 90x. Current Issues in U.S. Environmental Law

Advanced Courses

Courses that count toward your Field of Specialization are to be at an advanced-level. Courses are generally considered as advanced if they require pre-requisite knowledge and/or are designated as upper-level by the respective department.

Below is a list of courses that ESPP students have taken as part of their declared Field of Specialization. This is by no means an exhaustive list. The courses may or may not be appropriate for your own field of specialization. Additional courses that align with your Field of Specialization could and should be considered, and discussed with your advisor and/or the ESPP Head Tutor.

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Chemistry 17. Principles of Organic Chemistry
Chemistry 20. Organic Chemistry
Chemistry 27. Organic Chemistry of Life
Chemistry 30. Organic Chemistry

Earth and Planetary Sciences / Environmental Science and Engineering

EPS/ESE 101 Global Warming Science
EPS/ESE 109 Earth Resources and the Environment
EPS/ESE 130 Biogeochemistry of Carbon Dioxide and Methane
EPS/ESE 131 Introduction to Physical Oceanography and Climate
EPS/ESE 132 Introduction to Meteorology and Climate
EPS/ESE 133 Atmospheric Chemistry
EPS 134 Climate Change Debates: The Reading Course
EPS 139 Paleoclimate as Prologue
EPS/ESE 161 Applied Environmental Toxicology
EPS/ESE 162 Hydrology 
EPS/ESE 164 Environmental Chemistry
EPS/ESE 168 Human Environmental Data Science: Agriculture, Conflict and Health
EPS 189 Analytical and Field Methods in Geobiology


Ec 1010a. Intermediate Microeconomics
Ec 1010b. Intermediate Macroeconomics
Ec 1011a. Intermediate Microeconomics: Advanced
Ec 1011b. Intermediate Macroeconomics: Advanced
Ec 1030. Psychology and Economics
Ec 1057. Game Theory and Applications to Social Behavior
Ec 1410. Public Economics: Designing Government Policy
Ec 1420. American Economic Policy
Ec 1425. Political Economics
Ec 1432. Economics of European Integrations
Ec 1535. International Trade and Investment
Ec 1545. International Financial and Macroeconomic Policy
Ec 1640. Industrial Organization: Theory and Applications
Ec 1661. Economics of Climate Changea nd Environmental Policy
Ec 1723. Capital Markets
Ec 1745. Corporate Finance

Engineering Sciences / Environmental Science and Engineering

ES 112. Thermodynamics by Case Study

ESE 136. Climate and Climate Engineering
ESE 137. Energy within Environmental Constraints

ESE 163. Pollution Control in Aquatic Environments
ESE 169. Seminar on Global Pollution Issues: Case Study of Lead Biogeochemistry

Environmental Science and Public Policy

ESPP 78. Environmental Politics*
ESPP 173 Water Resources in Developing Countries


Gov 1009. Advanced Geographical Information Systems Workshop
Gov 1722. Politics of the Environment and Climate Change
Gov 1780. International Political Economy
Gov 2034. Ethics, Economics and Law

History of Science

HISTSCI 132. History of Environmental and Earth Sciences
HISTSCI 285. Science, Power, and Politics

Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

OEB 51. Biology and Evolution of Invertebrate Animals
OEB 52. Biology of Plants
OEB 55. Ecology: Populations, Communities and Ecosystems*
OEB 60. Fundamentals of Marine Biology
OEB 65. Conservation Biology 
OEB 109. Conservation Ecology and Practice
OEB 119. Deep Sea Biology
OEB 120. Plants and Climate
OEB 130. Biology of Fishes
OEB 137 Experimentl Design and Statistics for Ecology
OEB 155r. Biology of Insects
OEB 157. Global Change Biology
OEB 167. Herpetology
OEB 190. Biology and Diversity of Birds
OEB 218. Ecosystem Restoration
OEB 290. Microbial Sciences: Chemistry, Ecology and Evolution


Physical Sciences 12a. Mechanics from an Analytic, Numerical and Experimental Perspectives
Physical Sciences 12b. Electromagnetism and Statistical Physics from an Analytic, Numerical and Experimental Perspectives
Physical Sciences 129. Energy Science


Statistics 100. Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences and Humanities
Statistics 102. Introduction to Statistics for Life Sciences
Statistics 104. Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Economics

Graduate School of Design

GSD 3242. Theories and Practices of Landscape Architecture
GSD 5206. Land Use and Environmental Law
GSD 5302. Transportation Planning and Development
GSD 5326. Housing and Urbanization in the United States
GSD 5502. Urban Governance and the Politics of Planning in the Developing World
GSD 6121. Environmental Systems I
GSD 6122. Environmental Systems II

Kennedy School

API 135. Economics Climate Change and Environmental Policy  (Ec 1661)
API 165. Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy
API 905Y. Seminar in Environmental and Resource Economics and Policy
IGA 103. Global Governance
IGA 513. Science, Power and Politics
SUP 601. Urban Politics, Planning and Development
SUP 663. Land Use and Environmental Law

Law School

Law 2074. Environmental Law

School of Public Health
EH 232-01. Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Medicine
EH 257-01. Water Pollution

*May count as advanced course if not taken as part of basic requirements