Environmental Science, Ph.D.


General requirements of the Doctor of Philosophy degree are given in the general requirements section of this catalog. It is not necessary that students with the B.S. degree obtain an M.S. degree before pursuing the doctorate.

The Ph.D. in environmental science will require a total of 72 semester hours beyond the requirements of a Bachelor’s degree.

Core Competency12
Select one class from four of the five core competency areas
Statistical Science/Data Analysis/Data Interpretation/Modeling
Statistical Methods
Mathematical Modeling of Environmental Quality Systems
Advanced Statistics for Environmental Scientists
Environmental Toxicology
Fundamentals of Toxicology
Advanced Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry
Advanced Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Risk Assessment
Advanced Methods for Human Health Risk Assessment and Analysis
Ecological Risk Assessment
Ecological and Environmental Systems
Advanced Studies in Biology
Integrative Seminar in Environmental Studies
Remote Sensing
Climate Anthropology
Water Management
Any seminar in STEM (ex: BIO, CHE, GEO, PHY, ANT) with the approval of the Graduate Program Director
Dissertation Proposal and Prospectus Research
Select courses in research, laboratory techniques, or classroom offerings with the approval of the Graduate Program Director
Total Hours72

Exact degree plans will be specified by the student’s advisory committee no later than their third semester (excluding summers) within the doctoral program.

Our curriculum includes a core of 4 classes. Each student will be required to complete at least three semester hours at the graduate level in four of the five areas consisting of: Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Risk Assessment, and Statistics and Ecological and Environmental Systems.