# Planning & Advising

**Environmental Science & Engineering Advising**

Currently enrolled Harvard College students are encouraged to explore their potential interests in Environmental Science and Engineering by meeting with with Patrick Ulrich (Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, Environmental Science and Engineering).

After entering the concentration, all students in the ESE A.B. or the ESE Track of the Engineering Science S.B. concentrations are assigned two formal advisers to support the development of their academic and professional goals: a Concentration Adviser (Patrick Ulrich, ADUS for ESE) and a Faculty Adviser (a professor from the ESE Board of Advisers).

**Sample 2-Year Schedule for ESE**

**Sample 2-Year Schedule for ESE**

The sample schedules below show a typical path through the first two-years for a preconcentrator interested in ESE. These sample schedules are provided as a guiding example, and students may decide on an alternate path. We strongly recommend that students interested in any of the engineering areas begin taking mathematics in their first semester and plan to complete their math, chemistry, and physics requirements within the first two years. Leading up to a declaration of the Environmental Science & Engineering Track during the sophomore year, students will work with concentration advisers to construct an individual degree program that matches their specific interests within ESE while simultaneously fulfilling all of the concentration requirements.

**Sample 2-Year Schedule for the ESE Tracks if starting in Math Ma **

Math Ma - Intro to Functions and Calculus I LS 1a - Intro Life Sciences |
Math Mb - Intro to Functions and Calculus II ESE 6 - Intro to Environmental Science & Engineering |

Math 1b - Calculus, Series, & Diff Equations AP50a - Physics: Mechanics |
Math 21a – Multivariable Calculus PS 11 - Modern Chemistry AP50b - Physics: Electricity & Magnetism Sophomore Forum (non-credit) |

**Sample 2-Year Schedule for the ESE Tracks if starting in Math 1a **

Math 1a - Intro to Calculus LS 1a - Intro Life Sciences |
Math 1b - Calculus and Differential Eqns. ESE 6 - Intro to Environmental Science & Engineering |

AM21a - Math Methods In Sciences AP50a - Physics: Mechanics |
AM21b - Math Methods In Sciences PS 11 - Modern Chemistry AP50b - Physics: Electricity & Magnetism Sophomore Forum (non-credit) |

**Sample 2-Year Schedule for the ESE Tracks if starting in Applied Math 21a **

AM21a - Math Methods In Sciences LS 1a - Intro Life Sciences |
AM21b - Math Methods In Sciences ESE 6 - Intro to Environmental Science & Engineering PS 12a - Physics: Mechanics |

CS50 - Intro to Computer Science PS 12b - Physics: Electromagnetism Probability & Statistics ( |
PS 11 - Modern Chemistry Applied Math Elective ( Sophomore Forum (non-credit) |

**Upper-Level ESE Courses**

**Upper-Level ESE Courses**

Once ESE students have established a foundation in the prerequisite math and science courses, they can take many exciting upper-level electives. While these courses are typically taken in the junior and senior years, some students with advanced preparation in math and science begin taking the 100-level courses during their sophomore year. Upper-level ESE courses focus on on the fundamental processes governing environmental systems and human impacts on those systems, such as the chemical and physical processes at the intersection of global energy demand and climate feedbacks (ES 135); the principles governing the movement of water in the earth’s subsurface (ES 162), oceans (ES 131), and atmosphere (ES 132); the chemical behavior of pollutants in the aqueous (ES 164) and atmospheric (ES 133) compartments of the environment; the transport and control of pollution in natural waters (ES 163); and the technologies used to purify water for human use and environmental protection (ES 165).