Environmental Science and Engineering

Brief Description of Concentration

Environmental Science and EngineeringEnvironmental Science and Engineering (ESE) is an interdisciplinary program with the goal of understanding, predicting, and responding to natural and human-induced environmental change. Addressing environmental issues such as global warming, stratospheric ozone depletion, or local and regional air and water pollution requires perspectives from a diverse set of scientific disciplines including atmospheric physics and chemistry, oceanography, glaciology, hydrology, geophysics, ecology, and biogeochemistry. This program is structured around the view that the environmental system is comprised of a complex set of chemical, physical, and biological interactions, made even more complicated by the various activities of human society. Through exploration of the underlying processes and feedbacks within the Earth system, and with a range of approaches from theory and modeling to experiments and observations, students are trained to think about environmental processes in an integrated fashion, preparing them to manage the environmental challenges we face.

Learning Objectives

Students interested in environmental science and engineering study the fundamental processes and technologies underlying environmental systems, including natural and polluted waters and soils, the atmosphere, climate, and energy. Students learn to apply these principles to mitigate human impact on the environment by providing technical solutions and advancing innovations in environmental measurement, modeling, and control.

Ways to Explore

  • ESE 6: Intro to Environmental Science and Engineering (required), Spring
  • PS 11: Foundations and Frontiers of Modern Chemistry, Spring
  • SPU 25: Energy and Climate: Vision for the Future, Spring
  • SPU 29: The Climate-Energy Challenge, Fall
  • SPU 31: Energy Resources and the Environment, Spring




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