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 Track of the Engineering Sciences 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 the ESE Tracks

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 

Fall 1st Year

Math Ma - Intro to Functions and Calculus I

LS 1a - Intro Life Sciences

Spring 1st Year

Math Mb - Intro to Functions and Calculus II

ES 6 - Intro to Environmental Science & Engineering

Fall 2nd Year

Math 1b - Calculus, Series, & Diff Equations

CS50 - Intro to Computer Science

AP50a - Physics: Mechanics

Spring 2nd Year

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 

Fall 1st Year

Math 1a - Intro to Calculus

LS 1a - Intro Life Sciences

Spring 1st Year

Math 1b - Calculus and Differential Eqns.

ES 6 - Intro to Environmental Science & Engineering

Fall 2nd Year

AM21a - Math Methods In Sciences

CS50 - Intro to Computer Science

AP50a - Physics: Mechanics

Spring 2nd Year

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

Fall 1st Year

AM21a - Math Methods In Sciences

LS 1a - Intro Life Sciences

Spring 1st Year

AM21b - Math Methods In Sciences

ES 6 - Intro to Environmental Science & Engineering

PS 12a - Physics: Mechanics

Fall 2nd Year

CS50 - Intro to Computer Science

PS 12b - Physics: Electromagnetism

Probability & Statistics (for S.B. students)

Spring 2nd Year

PS 11 - Modern Chemistry

Applied Math Elective (for S.B. students)

Sophomore Forum (non-credit)

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).