Degree Options

 

Degrees Offered

Students interested in Environmental Science & Engineering have the option to pursue the ESE Track of the Engineering Sciences concentration for a:

  • Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) in Engineering Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science (S.B.) in Engineering Sciences (an ABET accredited program)

While students in either degree program take many of the same upper-level ESE courses, the A.B. program offers the opportunity to study complementary disciplines from other natural and social sciences, and the S.B. program provides a broader basis in engineering fundamentals with courses from other engineering areas and design.

The requirements for both degrees in the Engineering Sciences concentration can be found in the Harvard College Handbook for Students.

 

Engineering Sciences (A.B.) - Environmental Science and Engineering Track

The ESE Track of the Engineering Sciences A.B. degree requires 14-16 half-courses (dependent on math placement). In addition to building a strong foundation in mathematics and the basic sciences, students in the A.B. Track select three core ESE courses on fundamental topics in the field and round out their program with three additional electives selected from the ESE core or related fields of science and engineering. The flexible nature of the A.B. requirements allow students to construct a technical program of study that is unique to their specific interests within Environmental Science & Engineering.

The Plan of Study form for the Engineering Sciences A.B. - Environmental Science and Engineering Track provides an easy to follow summary of the concentration requirements. A copy of each student's approved plan of study is filed with the Office of Academic Programs at the time of declaration and is updated annually by the student and their concentration adviser.  Additional information about the Engineering Sciences A.B. concentration requirements, including honors requirements and thesis information, can be found on the Engineering Sciences A.B. Program page.

Engineering Sciences (S.B.) - Environmental Science and Engineering Track

The ESE Track of the Engineering Sciences S.B. degree requires 20 half-courses. Similar to the A.B. Track, students have the flexibilty to tailor their specific path through the ESE requirements to align with their interests in Environmental Science & Engineering. The additional course requirements in the S.B. program, compared to the A.B., provide students with depth within ESE, greater breadth across additional engineering areas, and two S.B.-specific courses in engineering design. In their junior year, S.B. concentrators take a team-based design course (ES 96), which provides the opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary team that will analyze and design a prototype solution for a real-world engineering problem. Past ES 96 projects have included designing a novel research instrument to measure atmospheric ozone concentrations while suspended in the payload of a high-altitude balloon. In their senior year, all S.B. concentrators take a year-long capstone design course (ES 100hf) in which they design and prototype a solution to an engineering problem of their own choice, resulting in their individual senior design thesis.

The Plan of Study form for the Engineering Sciences S.B. - Environmental Science and Engineering Track provides an easy to follow summary of the concentration requirements. A copy of each student's approved plan of study is filed with the Office of Academic Programs at the time of declaration and is updated annually by the student and their concentration adviser.  Additional information about the Engineering Sciences S.B. concentration requirements, including honors requirements, can be found on the Engineering Sciences S.B. Program page.