PAOC Curricula

Within each of the programs we define a “core” of 3 - 6 classes that will be taken by all students within each program, followed by suggestions for an additional 4 - 7 courses which depend on the student’s specialization.  Our practice has always been that any sensible set of courses is acceptable. The courses suggested as additional to the core should therefore be seen as guidelines. Students are highly encouraged to seek the advice of their advisor and other faculty members in constructing their particular set of classes. Pertinent courses in other departments and at Harvard should also be considered by students and advisors.

Atmospheric Science Program

Core Courses

The core comprises 4 courses, as follows:

  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics  (12.800) [F]
  • Atmospheric Dynamics; choose one of
    • Atmospheric Dynamics (12.810) [S]
    • Introduction to Atmospheric Data and Synoptic Meteorology (12.818) [F]
  • Atmospheric Radiation and Convection (12.815) [F]
  • Atmospheric chemistry; choose one of
    • Atmospheric Chemistry (12.807) [F]
    • Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry (12.806) [S]
    • Experimental Atmospheric Chemistry (12.835) [F]

Students will take other courses, typically ~ 10 classes in total, prior to the General Examination at the end of their second year.  The full range of courses will be chosen by the student, in consultation with the adviser; the following selections illustrate recommended choices, depending on the student’s intended specialization.

Typical Course Track for a Student Specializing in Atmospheric Chemistry

  • The 4 core courses
  • Plus 6 of the following courses:

Atmospheric Composition in a Changing Earth System, Heald (1.978) [S, even]
Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry, Prinn (12.806) [S]
Atmospheric Chemistry, Kroll (12.807) [F]
Experimental Atmospheric Chemistry, Prinn/Ono/Cziczo (12.835) [F]
Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics and Chemistry, (12.814) Cziczo [S]
Sustainability Science and Engineering, Selin (12.845) [F, even]
Global Environmental Science and Politics, Selin (12.846) [F, odd]
Modeling and Assessment for Policy, Selin (12.844) [S]
Global Climate Change: Economics, Science & Policy, Prinn (12.848) [S]
Science, Politics, and Environmental Policy, Solomon (12.885) [F]
 

Typical Course Track for a Student Specializing in Atmospheric Dynamics

  • The 4 core courses
  • Plus 6 of the following courses:

Whichever of the following was not taken for the core:
Introduction to Atmospheric Data and Synoptic Meteorology (12.818) [F]
Atmospheric Dynamics (12.810) [S]
Large-Scale Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics (12.843) [F]
Large-scale Flow Dynamics Laboratory (12.804)  [F]
The General Circulation of the Atmosphere and Climate Change (12.812) [S]
Dynamics of the Ocean (12.801) [S]
Tropical Meteorology (12.811) [S, even]
Turbulence in the Ocean and Atmosphere (12.820) [S, odd]
Stability Theory for Oceanic & Atmospheric Flows (12.824) [F, even]
Dynamics and Transport in the Stratosphere (12.831) [F]

 

Climate Science Program

Core Courses

The core comprises 6 courses, as follows:

  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics  (12.800) [F]
  • Atmospheric or Ocean Dynamics; choose one of
    • Atmospheric Dynamics (12.810) [S]
    • Dynamics of the Ocean (12.801) [S]
    • Atmospheric Radiation and Convection (development of 12.815)[S]
  • Atmospheric or ocean chemistry; choose one of
    • Atmospheric Chemistry (12.807) [F]
    • Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry (12.806J)[S]
    • Experimental Atmospheric Chemistry (12.835)[F]
    • Marine Chemistry (12.742) [F]
    • Climate Physics and Chemistry (12.842) [F]
  • Paleoclimate; choose one of
    • Paleooceanography (12.740) [S, even]
    • Past Climate Dynamics (McGee) [S]

 Students will take other courses, typically ~ 10 classes in total, prior to the General Examination at the end of their second year.  The full range of courses will be chosen by the student, in consultation with the adviser; the following selections illustrate recommended choices, depending on the student’s intended specialization.

Typical Course Track for a Student Specializing in Climate Chemistry

  • The 6 core courses
  • Plus 4 of the following courses:

Atmospheric Composition in a Changing Earth System Heald (1.841) [S, even]
Probability and Statistics in Engineering (1.151) [S]
Applied Probability (6.431) [F]
Geochemistry of Marine Sediments (12.743)
Marine Isotope Chemistry(12.744)
Marine Organic Geochemistry(12.746)
Modeling, Data Analysis, and Numerical Techniques for Geochemistry(12.747)
Introduction to Isotope Chemistry(12.748)
Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry, Prinn (12.806) [S]
Atmospheric Chemistry(12.807)  [F]
Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics and Chemistry Cziczo (12.814) [S]
Experimental Atmospheric Chemistry Prinn/Ono/Cziczo (12.835) [F]
Climate Physics and Chemistry, Group (12.842) [F]
Modeling and Assessment for Policy Selin (12.844 ) [S]
Sustainability Science and Engineering Selin(12.845)  [F, even]
Global Environmental Science and Politics Selin (12.846) [F, odd]
Global Climate Change: Economics, Science & Policy Prinn (12.848) [S]
Science, Politics, and Environmental Policy, Solomon (12.885) [F]

Typical Course Track for a Student Specializing in Climate Dynamics

  • The 6 core courses
  • Plus 4 of the following courses:

Probability and Statistics in Engineering (1.151) [S]
Applied Probability (6.431) [F]
Atmospheric Dynamics (12.810) [S]
Dynamics of the Ocean (12.801) [F]
Large-Scale Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics (12.843) [F]
Large-scale Flow Dynamics Laboratory (12.804)  [F]
The General Circulation of the Atmosphere and Climate Change (12.812) [S]
Introduction to Observational Physical Oceanography (12.808) [F]
Introduction to Atmospheric Data and Synoptic Meteorology (12.818) [F]
Tropical Meteorology (12.811) [S, even]
Turbulence in the Ocean and Atmosphere (12.820) [S, odd]
Stability Theory for Oceanic & Atmospheric Flows (12.824) [F, even]
Dynamics and Transport in the Stratosphere (12.831) [F]
Global Climate Change: Economics, Science & Policy Prinn (12.848) [S]
Science, Politics, and Environmental Policy, Solomon (12.885) [F]

Typical Course Track for a Student Specializing in Paleoclimate

  • The 6 core courses
  • Plus 4 of the following courses:

Probability and Statistics in Engineering(1.151)  [S]
Applied Probability (6.431) [F]
Molecular Biogeochemistry (12.458) [F, odd]
Radiogenic Isotope Geology (12.476) [S, even]
Modeling Environmental Complexity (12.586) [F]
Advanced Seminar in Paleoclimatology (12.708) [F]
Marine Geology and Geophysics (12.710) [F]
Geochemistry of Marine Sediments (12.743) [S, even]
Marine Isotope Chemistry (12.744) [F, even]
Marine Organic Geochemistry (12.746) [S]
Modeling, Data Analysis and Numerical Techniques for Geochemistry (12.747) [F, even]
Introduction to Isotope Chemistry (12.748) [F]

 

Typical Course Track for a Student Specializing in Biogeochemistry

  • The 6 core courses
  • Plus 4 of the following courses:

Aquatic Chemistry (1.76) [S, even]
Environmental Microbiology (1.89) [F, odd]
Probability and Statistics in Engineering(1.151)  [S]
Applied Probability (6.431) [F]
Introduction to Mathematical Ecology(7.440)  [S]
Global carbon cycle, Follows (12.xxx)
Marine chemistry (12.735) [F]
Atmospheric Chemistry, Kroll(12.807) [F]
Intro to Observational Physical Oceanography (12.808) [F]
Modeling the Biology and Physics of the Ocean(12.823)
Computational Ocean Modeling (12.950) [F]
Computational Science and Engineering (18.085) [F]
Biological Oceanography (OEB 118 : Harvard) [S]