School of Environmental Studies

Ph.D. Environmental Sciences: Agriculture Concentration

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The agriculture concentration includes study areas in sustainable and organic farming, applications of technology and engineering, and effects of pesticides and fertilizers on plants, animals, and ecosystems. Tennessee Tech has excellent facilities at Shipley Farm and elsewhere to provide a venue for dissertation research projects in Environmental Agriculture.

Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Agriculture Concentration | 61 hours
  • In addition to the courses listed below, any 5000, 6000, or 7000-level courses offered by the university and approved by the student's Graduate Committee may be included in the student's Program of Study as part of the 18 hours of electives.
  • Subject to Graduate Committee approval, 18 credit hours from an accredited graduate program can be used toward the Ph.D. as elective credits.
Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Core Courses / Agriculture (13 hours)
  • EVSB 6010 / Environmental Biology (3)
    • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Biological concepts, community and ecosystem structure and function, population biology, water pollution, land and wildlife resources, endangered and threatened species, resource management, human impact, and environmental economics. This course cannot be taken for credit toward graduation by students with a degree or concentration in biology or wildlife and fisheries sciences.
  • EVSC 6010 / Environmental Chemistry (3)
    • Prerequisite: Graduate standing in environmental sciences; one year of chemistry. This is a broad-based course applying the fundamentals of chemistry to the environment. This course cannot be taken for credit towards graduation by students with a concentration in chemistry.
  • EVSG 6010 / Environmental Geology (3)
    • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Introduction to geology and the application of geologic knowledge to issues and potential solutions of problems arising from the interaction of human activities and natural earth processes.
  • EVSS 6010 / Environmental Social Policy (3)
    • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Social, political, legal, and scientific issues that influence environmental policy decisions.
  • EVS 7910 / Environmental Science Seminar (1)
    • The seminar requirement is satisfied by completion of the Defense Seminar.
Environmental Agriculture 7000-level Electives (12 hours)
  • EVSA 7970 - Special Topics
  • Students may also take 7000-level courses in EVS, EVSB, and EVSC
5000, 6000, 7000-level Electives (18 hours)
  • 18 credit hours subject to committee approval; up to 18 credits may be transferred from Master of Science or other graduate level credit
Research & Dissertation (18 hours)
  • EVSA 7990 / Research & Dissertation (3, 6, 9 hrs)

Ph.D. Core Course Projected Offerings 2021-2024

Ph.D. Projected Course Offerings 2019-2023

For more information please contact:
Dr. Tammy Boles 931-372-6123

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