Academics

Environmental Science, PhD

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  • The doctorate in Environmental Science was known as the doctorate in Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences until spring 2013.

For the PhD in environmental sciences, 60 credits are required. These credits are earned through a combination of course work and research. Formal course work include a required core curriculum and a specialty areas. Core courses include:

Program of Study

Core Courses (6 credits):

ENVSCI 603 – Coasts and Communities I
ENVSCI 604 -  Coasts and Communities II

Skills Course (3 credits, choose 1 from):

ENVSCI 601 – Intro. Prob. & Applied Stats (3 credits)
ENVSCI 611 – Applied Stats (3 credits)
ENVSCI 662L – Chemometrics (3 credits)

Ethics (1 credit):

ENVSCI 600 – Responsible Conduct of Research

School for the Environment Seminar (4 credits):

All PhD students must attend seminar each week throughout their enrollment in the program.  MS students will earn credit for each semester they enroll in ENVSCI 791 (Seminar in Environmental Sciences).  Option "a" students are required to present a short research seminar in their second year.

Science Electives (choose 1 course not already taken):

ENVSCI 601 – Intro. Prob. Applied Stats (3 credits)
ENVSCI 607 – Intro. To Envir. Innov. Clinic (3 credits)
ENVSCI 611 – Applied Statistics (3 credits)
ENVSCI 613 – Oceans and Human Health (3 credits)
ENVSCI 623 - Introduction to GIS (4 credits)
ENVSCI 625 – Princ. & Appl. Remote Sensing (4 credits)
ENVSCI 630 – Biological Oceanography (3 credits)
ENVSCI 635 – Environmental Toxicology (3 credits)
ENVSCI 640 – Chemistry of Natural Waters (3 credits)
ENVSCI 650 – Physical Oceanography (3 credits)
ENVSCI 657 – Fluvial Hydrology (3 credits)
ENVSCI 658 – Geomorph. Coastal Water (3 credits)
ENVSCI 660L – Coastal Ecological Processes (3 credits)
ENVSCI 662L – Chemometrics (3 credits)
ENVSCI 665L – Ecological Risk Assessment (3 credits)
ENVSCI 688 - Advanced Marine GIS (4 credits)
ENVSCI 693 - Ecophysiology of Fishes (3 credits)​​

ENVSCI 710 – Environ. Biogeochemistry (3 credits)
ENVSCI 715 – Isotope Geochemistry (3 credits)

Policy Electives (choose 1 course not already taken):

ENVSCI 616 – Environ. Policy & Admin. (3 credits)
ENVSCI 645 -  Env. Issues Horn of Africa (3 credits (new course)
ENVSCI 654 – Profess. Science Comm. (3 credits)
ENVSCI 670L – Environ. & Energy Economics (3 credits)
ENVSCI 674L – Climate and Energy (3 credits)
ENVSCI 675L – Economics of Renewables (3 credits)
ENVSCI 680 – Coastal and Ocean Law (3 credits)
ENVSCI 685 – Ecosystem Manage. Law, Policy (3 credits)
ENVSCI 716 -  Sci. & Tech. Info. & Policy Proc. (3 credits)
ENVSCI 718 - Environmental Law (3 credits)​
ENVSCI 726 - Coastal Zone Management (3 credits)

Dissertation Research (18 credits):

PhD students must complete 18 credits of dissertation research (ENVSCI 899).  More than 18 hours may be taken but only 18 are applied to the degree.

Additional Electives (courses and independent research hours to fulfill remaining credit hour requirement):

Choose from any of the above courses or independent study or research hours as approved by your faculty mentor and dissertation committee.