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Understanding the dynamics of complex ecological and environmental systems and designing policies to promote their sustainability is a formidable challenge. Both the practitioner and policymaker must be able to evaluate scientific research, recognizing fundamental pitfalls in research design and...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring, Fall
The media play a unique role in shaping public understanding, policy, and political debate about controversial climate, energy, and environmental issues around the world. However, as mainstream news outlets shrink, the Internet provides a growing global megaphone for confusing and often...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Energy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
This course is designed to teach an understanding of the basic principles of water pollution and water pollution issues on local, regional and global scales. The course will begin with a discussion of the basic chemical, physical and biological properties of water and water contaminants. Subsequent...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
This is an interdisciplinary graduate-level and advanced undergraduate-level course in which students explore topics in molecular microbiology, microbial diversity, and microbially-mediated geochemistry in depth. This course will be taught by faculty from the Microbial Sciences Initiative. Topics...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
A solution to the problems set by the intersection of global energy demand and climate feedbacks requires the teaching of physics and chemistry in that context. Core topics include thermodynamics, free energy, entropy, acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, electromagnetic...
Research Areas: Climate, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Fall
Energy is the lifeblood of economic activity, and there is little prospect of this changing. However, the planet’s stores of easily accessed fossil fuels are limited, and the climatological cost of continuing to rely on fossil fuels is high. This course examines the long run and short run prospects...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This course is the second of a two-module sequence in Building Technology (6121, 6122) and constitutes part of the core curriculum in architecture. The objective of the course is to continue the study of environmental considerations in architectural design.The course will cover building systems and...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Energy
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
A comprehensive introduction to global geophysics. This course serves as a bridge between introductory Earth science courses (EPS 21, EPS 22) and higher level courses in EPS. Topics include: plate tectonics, the Earth's composition, thermal state and rheology, mantle convection, the geodynamo, the...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
In this course, we explore the development of our modern food production and distribution system and its effects on our environment and planet. We critically review published studies and other assessments that evaluate the environmental and social impact of food-related products and processes. We...
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity, Human Health
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
This course provides a set of tools and skills to identify, evaluate, and improve the sustainability of supply chain operations. It enables students to understand core concepts of industrial and commercial activities so that they are able to design sustainable manufacturing and service operations....
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
This course examines application of epidemiologic methods to environmental and occupational health problems. Objectives are to review methods used in evaluating the health effects of physical and chemical agents in the environment, to review available evidence on the health effects of such...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
This course offers a comprehensive overview of gaseous and particulate air pollutants. It will emphasize pollutant sources, physical and chemical properties, sampling and analysis, chemical transformation, atmospheric transport, fate, and potential for adverse health and environmental impacts. It...
Research Areas: Climate, Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
Epigenetics is a fast growing field, with increasing applicability in environmental and epidemiology studies, focusing on the alterations in chromatin structure that can stably and heritably influence gene expression. Epigenetic changes can be as profound as those exerted by mutation, but, unlike...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
The connection between health, well-being, and place is a complex one with many dimensions. This class focuses on four topics that will be important in coming decades: a place, suburbia; a population, older people; a method, neighborhood health assessment; and an implementation strategy, multi-...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Human Health
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
This seminar will present an overview of topics in food law and policy, and will examine how these laws shape what we eat. In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to a range of issues impacting the food system from farm to fork to landfill. In the past few years, major news stories have...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
School: Harvard Law School
Season: Spring, Fall
Fishes inhabit diverse aquatic environments including deep seas, intertidal zones, coral reefs, polar waters, the vast Amazonian basin, and great East African lakes. A single fish species may occupy diverse environments through extraordinary long distance horizontal and vertical migrations. To...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This general microbiology course will focus on the genetics, cell biology, and physiology of microorganisms. The goal of this course is to give the students a broad overview of microbial physiology in the context of disease and environmental applications. The course will primarily consist of...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
This course explores corporate sustainability from the perspective of large, multinational corporations. We focus on the management tools available to corporations and how they can drive sustainability into a company at all levels, providing a balance between environmental stewardship, social...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
North America as an evolving visual environment is analyzed as a systems concatenation involving such constituent elements as farms, small towns, shopping malls, highways, suburbs, and as depicted in fiction, poetry, cartography, television, cinema, and advertising and cybernetic simulation.​Notes...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
In the face of failures and dysfunction at the national level, there is growing excitement about the welfare- and democracy-enhancing potential of cities. Yet, not all cities are able to realize their promise as engines of economic growth and human development. Why some fail, while others succeed...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
This seminar introduces students to the major contributions of the field of science and technology studies (STS) to the analysis of politics and policymaking in democratic societies. The objective is to expand students' understanding of the ways in which science and technology participate in the...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Social Sciences
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Fall
This course helps develop the skills to design, fund, and implement renewable energy projects in the United States and around the world. It is aimed at anyone who would like to understand the relationship between energy and the environment, but is particularly helpful for energy developers and...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Energy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
Human activity is changing the atmosphere and altering terrestrial and marine ecosystems on a global scale. Evidence is mounting that these changes may already be having serious effects on human health, and there is growing concern that in coming decades the effects could be catastrophic. This...
Research Areas: Climate, Human Health
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
The course provides an overview of environmental impact assessment to design, evaluate, and replicate sustainable projects and programs. The course develops the tools to assess natural resources protection, improvements in population health, positive social impacts and poverty reduction, and...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
The course provides each participant with a guided immersion in the processes of heuristic question formulation, objective research design, and implementation. Included are hypothesis testing, data collection and analysis, writing, revision, and final dissemination. Individual meetings of each...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
The course will provide a survey of the global food and agribusiness system. While studying the management problems of farmers, processors, branded consumer goods manufacturers and food retailers, we will consider consumer trends, technological advances, public policy issues, food safety, and risk...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Business School
Season: Spring
Overview of Occupational and Environmental Medicine including: the diagnosis and management of illnesses following exposure to specific workplace substances, environmental and community hazards, such as asbestos, lead, organic solvents, and vibration; methods of diagnosis of early organ system...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
Explores contemporary understandings and practical implications of the idea of sustainable development. Investigates the meanings and measures that different groups have given to "sustainable development;" scientific understanding of the complex social-environmental systems we seek to develop...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
This course is focused on aspects of environmental engineering related to the fate, transport, and control of pollution in surface water ecosystems. Course modules will cover ecological impacts of environmental contaminants; surface water aspects of engineering hydrology, including rainfall-runoff...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Fall
Principles governing energy generation and interconversion. Current and projected world energy use. Selected important current and anticipated future technologies for energy generation, interconversion, storage, and end usage.Note: This course must be taken Sat/Unsat. Cannot be used for SEAS...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Spring
Advanced Water Treatment will give students detailed instruction in emerging technologies for municipal wastewater treatment, industrial wastewater treatment, wastewater reclamation and reuse, desalination, and groundwater remediation. The course will begin by introducing wastewater quality,...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Spring
Introduction to the mechanics of fluids and solids, organized around earth and environmental phenomena. Conservation laws, stress, deformation and flow. Inviscid fluids and ocean gravity waves; Coriolis dominated large scale flows. Viscosity and groundwater seepage; convective cells; boundary...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Spring
This course provides a cross-disciplinary overview of environmental science and how research contributes to public policy and human health risk assessment through a case study of a global pollution issue: lead biogeochemistry. The scientific foundations of environmental research methods are...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Human Health
School: Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Fall
This course will focus on physical principles underlying semiconductor devices: electrons and holes in semiconductors, energies and bandgaps, transport properties of electrons and holes, p-n junctions, transistors, light emitting diodes, lasers, solar cells and thermoelectric devices.Prerequisite:...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Fall
The course will provide an overview of the solid state device physics and p-n junction operation necessary to understand the operation. Several different solar architectures will be discussed including crystalline and amorphous silicon, multijunction, CdTe, CIGS, organic, dye sensitized as well as...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Fall

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