Socio-Ecological Sustainability (SES)

“This concentration area is recruiting students with undergraduate science, engineering and social science degrees who are able to demonstrate sufficient skills in quantitative and model based inquiry, as well as social and political awareness on pressing environmental problems of our times. Area objective is to educate experts on sustainability assessment and environmental policy, acquainted with diverse socio-environmental problems such as climate change, water, food and energy security, and overconsumption of nature’s resources.


Socio-Ecological Sustainability (SES) Concentration Area

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Compulsory Classes (6 credits to be fulfilled)

ESC 520 Fundamentals of Environmental Sciences


ESC 530 Research Methods for Environmental Scientists




Esc 579 Graduate Seminar


Specified Elective Classes (at least 12 credits to be fulfilled)

ESC 59D Environmental Governance


ESC 590 Ecological Economics


ESC 541 Environmental Economics


ESC 549 Climate Policy


ESC 577 Dynamic Modeling of Socio-ecological Systems


ESC 578 Systems and Sustainability


Free Elective Classes (at most 6 credits to be fulfilled)

Upon advisor’s and supervisor’s consent, student can take classes from “specified” categories of all concentration areas and/or classes under “free” category within and outside the IES