Environmental Science and Public Policy

Brief Description of Concentration

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The concentration in Environmental Science and Public Policy (ESPP) is designed to provide a multidisciplinary introduction to current problems of the environment. It is founded on the premise that the ability to form rational judgments concerning many of the complex challenges confronting society today involving the environment requires both an understanding of the underlying scientific and technical issues and an appreciation for the relevant economic, political, legal, historical, and ethical dimensions. Depending on preparation, students may be encouraged to substitute more advanced courses for these requirements. In consultation with their concentration advisor, Through their field of specialization, students develop expertise in a particular field of study relating to the environment.

Learning Objectives

All students satisfy a core of requirements in the physical, biological, and social sciences and mathematics. Students also develop an individual plan of study for a series of advanced courses around a particular field of specialization. Through their field of specialization, students develop expertise in a particular field of study relating to the environment.

Gateway Courses

Introductory Courses (one required): 

  • ESPP 11: Sustainable Development (spring)
  • EPS 50: The Fluid Earth: Oceans, Atmosphere, Climate, and Environment (spring)
  • ESE 6: Intro to Environmental Science and Engineering (spring)
  • GE 1137: Energy and Climate - Vision for the Future (spring)
  • GE 1094: The Climate-Energy Challenge (fall)
  • GE 1085: Energy Resources and the Environment (spring)

Additionally, students are encouraged to take math and chemistry in their first year. 

Alumni

https://espp.fas.harvard.edu/pages/alumni-student-profiles

 

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