Introductory Courses
Foundational Courses
Junior Seminars
Advanced Courses

Introductory Courses

1 course chosen from:
ESPP 11. Sustainable Development
ESE 6. Introduction to Environmental Science and Engineering
EPS 50. The Fluid Earth: Oceans, Atmosphere, Climate, and Environment
GE 1085. Energy Resources and the Environment
GE 1094. The Climate-Energy Challenge
GE 1137. The Challenge of Human Induced Climate Change: Transitioning to a Post Fossil Fuel Future

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 OR

Mathematics and/or Statistics — 2 courses
Minimum: Mathematics 1a. Introduction to Calculus & Mathematics 1b. Calculus, Series, and Differential Equations but more 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 90n. Future Energy Economies: Perspectives from the Past: Challenges for the Future
ESPP 90s. The Technology, Economics, and Public Policy of Renewable Energy
ESPP 90x. Current Issues in U.S. Environmental Law
ESPP 90y. World Food Systems and the Environment

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.


Anthropology 2712. Ethnographies of Food

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

EPS 101 Global Warming Science
EPS 109. Earth Resources and the Environment
EPS 112. Thermodynamics by Case Study
EPS 130. Biogeochemistry of Carbon Dioxide and Methane
EPS 131. Introduction to Physical Oceanography and Climate
EPS 132. Introduction to Meteorology and Climate
EPS 133. Atmospheric Chemistry
EPS 134. Climate Change Debates: The Reading Course
EPS 139. Paleoclimate as Prologue
EPS 162. Hydrology and Environmental Geomechanics
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 1642. Advanced Industrial Organization
Ec 1661. Fundamentals of Environmental Economics and Policy*
Ec 1723. Capital Markets
Ec 1745. Corporate Finance
Ec 1760. Behavioral Finance

Engineering Sciences

ES 112. Thermodynamics by Case Study
ES 136. Climate and Climate Engineering
ES 162. Hydrology and Environmental Geomechanics
ES 163. Pollution Control in Aquatic Environments
ES 169. Seminar on Global Pollution Issues: Case Study of Lead Biogeochemistry

Environmental Science and Public Policy

ESPP 78. Environmental Politics*


Gov 1009. Advanced Geographical Information Systems Workshop
Gov 1780. International Political Economy
Gov 2034. Ethics, Economics and Law

History of Science

History of Sciences 132. History of Environmental and Earth Sciences
History of Sciences 136. History of Biotechnology

Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

OEB 51. Biology and Evolution of Invertebrate Animals
OEB 52. Biology of Plants
OEB 54. Biology of Fungi
OEB 55. Ecology: Populations, Communities and Ecosystems*
OEB 118. Biological Oceanography
OEB 119. Deep Sea Biology
OEB 120. Plants and Climate
OEB 130. Biology of Fishes
OEB 141. Biogeography
OEB 155r. Biology of Insects
OEB 157. Global Change Biology
OEB 167. Herpetology
OEB 190. Biology and Diversity of Birds
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 3302. Designing the American City: Civic Aspirations and Urban Form
GSD 3242. The Nature of Difference: Theories and Practices of Landscape Architecture
GSD 4329. Urbanization in the East Asian Region
GSD 5302. Transportation Planning and Development
GSD 5206. Land Use and Environmental Law
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
GSD 6318. Urban and Town Area Ecology
GSD 6337. Changing Natural and Built Coastal Environments

Kennedy School

API 135. Fundamentals of Environmental Economics and Policy * (Ec 1661)
API 164. Energy Policy Analysis
API 905Y. Seminar in Environmental and Resource Economics and Policy
IGA 103. Global Governance
IGA 411. The Energy-Climate Challenge
IGA 422. Global Food Politics and Policy
IGA 507. Science & Technology in Domestic and International Policy
IGA 513. Science, Power and Politics
SUP 601. Urban Politics, Planning and Development
SUP 651. Transportation Policy & Planning
SUP 663. Land Use and Environmental Law

Law School

Law 2074. Environmental Law
LAW 2025. Energy and Climate Law and Policy

School of Public Health

EH 201-01. Introduction to Environmental Health
EH 202-01. Principles of Environmental Health
EH 232-01. Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Medicine
EH 257-01. Water Pollution
ID539-01. Built Environments, Human Energy Expenditure, and Public Health
EH 278-01. Human Health and Global Environmental Change

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