For students entering Fall 2023

First Semester

4 units          ADV-9674 Proseminar in ECOLOGIES: Interrelated, In-between, Dynamic
12 units        Electives or Distributional Electives**

Second Semester

16 units        Electives or Distributional Electives**
Choose elective courses to develop the Trajectory

Third Semester

16 units        Electives
Choose elective courses to develop the Trajectory

Fourth Semester

8 units          Electives
8 units          ADV-97XX Open Project

**In the first year, students are required to take a minimum of 12 units of distributional electives from an approved list of courses.
Distributional electives may be completed in the second year with approval from the Domain Head.


Selection of Distributional Electives
Students are required to select 3 from across disciplines.

ECOLOGIES + Cultures
Situated understandings of / attitudes toward / historical traditions relative to land, landscape, nature, and environment (across cultures, and including inter-species and non-human lenses)
DES 3347 Wild Ways: Thinking, Relating and Being with/in Wilderness, Wild-ness and Nature in the Anthropocene
DES 3348 The Idea of Environment
HIS 4395 Environmentalisms: How to Have a Politics? (not offered AY 2023/24)
HIS 4487 Plants of Ritual: Creating a Spiritual Connection to the Designed Landscape
ANTHRO 2177 Rise of the Sun and Gold Empire: Archeology of the Central Andes (Solsire Cusicanqui Marsano) (FAS)

ECOLOGIES + Atmospheres
Planetary and atmospheric change and dynamics, including impacts on energy, climate, biodiversity, habitat
SES 5409 Climate Justice
SCI 6244 Climate by Design
SCI 6380 Working Landscapes: Natural Resiliency and Redesign
SCI 6381 Power||Energy: Mapping the Thickened Ground of Labor
SCI 6482 Confronting Climate Change: A Foundation in Science, Technology + Policy (FAS GENED 1094)

Inhabitations of the earth’s surface, various forms and structures of collective living
DES 3241 Theories of Landscape as Urbanism
DES 3396 Thinking Landscape – Making Cities
HIS 4454 The Project and the Territory: Japan Story
SES 5347 Urbanization and Development
SES 5380 Experimental Infrastructures (not offered AY 2023/24)
SES 5461 Urban Adaptation
SES 5462 Untangling Climax Change
PRO 7445 Elements of the Urban Stack

Questions of race, ethnicity, gender, identity, to whom/for whom, including unequal social, environmental, and climate impacts.
EH 249 Built Environment, Nature, and Health (CHAN)
VIS 2484 Interdisciplinary Art and Design Practices
SES 5381 Urban Design and the Color-Line
SES 5382 Making Participation Relevant to Design
SES 5502 Urban Governance and the Politics of Planning in the Global South

ECOLOGIES + Resources
Interactions between and among resource availabilities, extraction and cultivation techniques and technologies, production, distribution, and consumption networks, including material ecologies
DES 3365 Material Practice and Its Agency
DES 3391 Time’s Arrow Time’s Cycle
SCI 6317 Digital Material Systems: Ceramics
SCI 6372 Circuits, Circles, and Loops: Towards a Regenerative Architecture
SCI 6387 Material Systems: Digital Production
SCI 6486 Nano, Macro, Micro: BioFabrication
MIT 3.560 Industrial Ecology of Materials

ECOLOGIES + Projections
Modes of inquiry, research, investigation, representation
AFVS 144M Photography and Ecology (FAS) (not offered AY 2023/24)
VIS 2314 Responsive Environments
VIS 2362 Lost and Alternative Nature: Vertical Mapping of Urban Subterrains for Climate Change Mitigation
HIS 4451 Atmospheric Projections: Media as Environment (at AFVS)
MIT 11.205 Introduction to Spatial Analysis and GIS

Students contemplating cross-registering for courses at another Harvard school must abide by the dates and policies of the school in which the course is offered. Priority for enrollment may be given to the other school’s students first before cross-registrations are accepted — enrollment is not guaranteed. See

(Required courses for students who entered in 2021.)