ES 101 students on Boston Harbor island

If you are thinking of pursuing a major or minor in environmental studies, you should plan to take at least one of the introductory courses during your first year.

ES101, a lab-based introduction to methods of analysis, takes the campus as its laboratory. You’ll measure water pollution in Lake Waban, survey invasive species on campus, and use GIS-technology to study our local environment. This course counts as the science introductory core for the major. 

ES102, a survey of major concepts in environmental studies, focuses on climate change and introduces ideas such as environmental justice, sustainability, the commons, and market-based environmental policies.  

ES 103, a first-year seminar, focuses on food, agriculture and sustainability, by taking an interdisciplinary approach that includes economics, politics, history, ethics, and the sciences. Students conduct hands-on research, engage in policy-relevant debates in class, and take field trips to volunteer at local farms. ES 102 and ES 103 each fulfill the interdisciplinary core course requirement for the major.

These courses do not need to be taken in order, so you may begin exploring ES by taking any course first. Typically ES101 and ES 103 are offered in the fall and ES102 is offered in the spring and fall (in the Fall of 2014 ES 101 and ES 102 will each be offered both semesters).