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School of the Environment
1515 S Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
305-D FSH Science Research Center
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Environmental Sciences

The Ph.D. degree program in the School of the Environment will prepare scientists to confront environmental issues, which can be resolved only through innovative basic and applied research. The degree requirements are intended to ensure that all Ph.D. candidates develop independent and originality of thought and that they have in-depth knowledge in a specialized area of study and a broad knowledge base in environmental science in general. The Ph.D. program is an extension of the Master's degree program. The program utilizes graduate courses offered in other departments in the university that are complimentary to the program. The program emphasizes environmental chemistry, environmental policy and risk management, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, and bimolecular sciences.
Degree Program and Offerings

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).

Completion of up to eighty (80) semester hours of graduate level course work and research is required as shown below. A 3.0 cumulative grade point average must be maintained in all coursework.
    •    Core curriculum – 19 credit hours
    •    Area concentration – 37 credit hours of area and supporting courses
    •    Thesis – 24 credit hours of dissertation research
    •    Participation in the instructional component of select graduate and undergraduate lectures and/or laboratories as assigned for a minimum of two semesters
    •    Successful completion of an oral and written comprehensive examination
    •    Submission and oral presentation of research proposal
    •    At least one presentation at a scientific meeting
    •    Submission of at least one manuscript for publication in a referred scientific journal
    •    Submission and defense of an acceptable dissertation based on original research