Environment Topics

Like so many of the tough problems tackled by MIT, solutions to the world's increasingly urgent environmental challenges will come from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Tide pools.From the small, tangible scale on campus (such as campus-wide recycling and composting scraps from the preparation of food in campus cafeterias) to the broad, technology-driven solutions for the world (researching ways to construct cleaner coal-fired power plants and bringing "smart bikes" to Denmark), the MIT community is working to solve the myriad challenges facing the environment today.

MIT's interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research is particularly effective for tackling environmental issues, and the courses below represent a broad spectrum of environmental concepts and concerns. Whether considering ways to redesign New Orleans to prevent flooding during future hurricanes, or seeking improvements in waste containment, the tools to solve the world’s toughest environmental problems can be found here.

The following courses represent a selection of Environment-related courses at MIT.

From exploring use of natural light and heating in new building construction to understanding how thermal hydraulics can be used to generate cleaner energy, these courses provide resources for understanding the current energy crisis and ways to develop solutions to this world-wide problem.

Environment Topics

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Biological Organisms

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
1.212J An Introduction to Intelligent Transportation Systems Spring 2005
1.89 Environmental Microbiology Fall 2004
20.102 Macroepidemiology (BE.102) Spring 2005
20.104J Chemicals in the Environment: Toxicology and Public Health (BE.104J) Spring 2005
21H.909 People and Other Animals Fall 2005
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Culture and Society

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
10.391J Sustainable Energy Spring 2005
10.492-1 Integrated Chemical Engineering Topics I: Process Control by Design Fall 2004
10.805J Technology, Law, and the Working Environment Spring 2006
11.007 Resolving Public Disputes Spring 2005
11.122 Environment and Society Fall 2002
11.166 Law, Social Movements, and Public Policy: Comparative and International Experience Fall 2002
11.301J Introduction to Urban Design and Development Fall 2006
11.308J Advanced Seminar: Urban Nature and City Design Fall 2005
11.363 Civil Society and the Environment Spring 2005
11.366J Planning for Sustainable Development Spring 2006
11.368 Environmental Justice Fall 2004
11.370 Brownfields Policy and Practice Fall 2005
11.373 Science, Politics, and Environmental Policy Fall 2004
11.375 Role of Science and Scientists in Collaborative Approaches to Environmental Policymaking Spring 2006
11.601 Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning Fall 2005
12.103 Strange Bedfellows: Science and Environmental Policy Fall 2005
17.181 Sustainable Development: Theory and Policy Spring 2009
17.547 Government and Politics of China Fall 2002
21A.338J Gender, Power, and International Development Fall 2003
21A.342 Environmental Struggles Fall 2004
21H.206 American Consumer Culture Fall 2007
21H.421 Introduction to Environmental History Spring 2004
21H.909 People and Other Animals Fall 2005
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21H.968J Nature, Environment, and Empire Spring 2010
21L.449 End of Nature Spring 2002
21W.775 Writing about Nature and Environmental Issues Fall 2006
3.987 Human Origins and Evolution Spring 2006
4.163J Urban Design Studio: Providence Spring 2005
4.175 Case Studies in City Form Fall 2005
5.92 Energy, Environment, and Society Spring 2007
SP.721 D-Lab: Development, Dialogue and Delivery Fall 2004
SP.722 D-Lab: Development, Design and Dissemination Spring 2005
SP.723 D-Lab: Disseminating Innovations for the Common Good Spring 2007
STS.038 Energy and Environment in American History: 1705-2005 Fall 2006
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Energy

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
10.391J Sustainable Energy Spring 2005
14.44 Energy Economics Spring 2007
2.500 Desalination and Water Purification Spring 2009
2.60 Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion Spring 2004
22.033 Nuclear Systems Design Project Fall 2002
22.812J Managing Nuclear Technology Spring 2004
3.091 Introduction to Solid State Chemistry Fall 2004
4.401 Introduction to Building Technology Spring 2006
4.430 Daylighting Fall 2006
STS.038 Energy and Environment in American History: 1705-2005 Fall 2006
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Governance

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
1.253J Transportation Policy and Environmental Limits Spring 2004
1.725J Chemicals in the Environment: Fate and Transport Fall 2004
10.805J Technology, Law, and the Working Environment Spring 2006
11.002J Fundamentals of Public Policy Fall 2004
11.166 Law, Social Movements, and Public Policy: Comparative and International Experience Fall 2002
11.362 Environmental Management Practicum: Brownfield Redevelopment Fall 2006
11.364 International Environmental Negotiation Fall 2002
11.366J Planning for Sustainable Development Spring 2006
11.368 Environmental Justice Fall 2004
11.370 Brownfields Policy and Practice Fall 2005
11.373 Science, Politics, and Environmental Policy Fall 2004
11.375 Role of Science and Scientists in Collaborative Approaches to Environmental Policymaking Spring 2006
11.479 Water and Sanitation Infrastructure Planning in Developing Countries Spring 2005
11.493 Legal Aspects of Property and Land Use Fall 2005
11.540J Urban Transportation Planning Fall 2006
11.601 Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning Fall 2005
11.943J Urban Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment Spring 2002
12.085 Seminar in Environmental Science Spring 2008
12.103 Strange Bedfellows: Science and Environmental Policy Fall 2005
14.41 Public Economics Fall 2004
14.42 Environmental Policy and Economics Spring 2004
14.44 Energy Economics Spring 2007
14.475 Environmental Economics and Government Responses to Market Failure Spring 2005
15.023J Global Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy Spring 2008
17.181 Sustainable Development: Theory and Policy Spring 2009
17.410 Globalization, Migration, and International Relations Spring 2006
17.422 Field Seminar in International Political Economy Fall 2003
17.547 Government and Politics of China Fall 2002
17.559 Comparative Security and Sustainability Fall 2004
17.906 Reading Seminar in Social Science: The Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Global Energy Spring 2007
2.964 Economics of Marine Transportation Industries Fall 2006
21A.338J Gender, Power, and International Development Fall 2003
21A.342 Environmental Struggles Fall 2004
22.812J Managing Nuclear Technology Spring 2004
5.92 Energy, Environment, and Society Spring 2007
ESD.72 Engineering Risk-Benefit Analysis Spring 2007
SP.723 D-Lab: Disseminating Innovations for the Common Good Spring 2007
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Mobility

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
1.201J Introduction to Transportation Systems Fall 2006
1.253J Transportation Policy and Environmental Limits Spring 2004
11.540J Urban Transportation Planning Fall 2006
2.24 Ocean Wave Interaction with Ships and Offshore Energy Systems (13.022) Spring 2002
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Soil

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
1.72 Groundwater Hydrology Fall 2005
12.102 Environmental Earth Science Fall 2005
12.109 Petrology Fall 2005
12.110 Sedimentary Geology Fall 2004
12.114 Field Geology I Fall 2005
12.119 Analytical Techniques for Studying Environmental and Geologic Samples Spring 2006
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Systems Perspectives and Analysis

Updated within the past 180 days

Course # Course Title Term
11.943J Urban Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment Spring 2002
12.000 Solving Complex Problems Fall 2003
14.44 Energy Economics Spring 2007
17.410 Globalization, Migration, and International Relations Spring 2006
ESD.72 Engineering Risk-Benefit Analysis Spring 2007
STS.038 Energy and Environment in American History: 1705-2005 Fall 2006
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