DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE
The Ph.D. degree program in the School of the Environment is an extension of the Master's degree program that will prepare scientists to address environmental issues through innovative and applied research. Degree requirements ensure that all Ph.D. candidates develop independent and critical thinking skills, have a broad knowledge-base of environmental science, and have an in-depth knowledge of their specialized area of study. This program utilizes graduate courses offered in other departments in the university that are complimentary to the program, as necessary.
Completion of this degree program requires 80
credit hours of graduate level course work and research, as well as maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average throughout all coursework.
Concentration offerings include:
- Environmental Chemistry
- Environmental Policy & Risk Management
- Aquatic & Terrestrial Ecology
- Bimolecular Sciences
Applicants for admission should have a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a graduate in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics or a closely related area. The Graduate Record Examination combined score of at least 1000 in the verbal and quantitative components of the general test and a "B" average in upper level (last 60 hours) B.S. degree course work are required of all applicants. Students must also submit three letters of recommendation from graduate or undergraduate professors, or other persons who can attest to their potential to succeed in the program. Applicants must also meet the general admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Foreign applicants are required to meet the above requirements in addition to obtaining a score of at least 550 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
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