School of Environmental Studies

Ph.D. Environmental Sciences: Geosciences Concentration

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The geosciences concentration includes study areas in climate change, depletion of sand, soils, and other terrestrial resources, hydrology and groundwater contamination, fracking and other oil/gas/coal exploration, geographic patterns in land use, geospatial analyses and remote sensing. Research projects can be in environmental geology, geography, and related earth sciences topic areas.

Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Geosciences 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 / Geosciences (13 hours)
  • EVSA 6010 / Environmental Agriculture (3)
    • Provides a summary of the actual and/or relative environmental impacts of existing and emerging agricultural production technologies.
  • 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.
  • 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 Geosciences 7000-level Electives (12 hours)
  • EVSG 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)
  • EVSG 7990 / Research & Dissertation (3, 6, 9 hrs)

Ph.D. Core Course Projected Offerings 2021-2024

Ph.D. Course Projected Offerings 2019-2023

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

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