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Environmental Science Ph.D.

This program will begin admitting students in Fall 2023

Academic Catalog

About the Program

Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, are spurring the need for environmental scientists. The PhD with a major in Environmental Science is the only degree of its kind in the state of Georgia and qualifies graduates to meet the growing statewide and national demand for professionals trained in an interdisciplinary science, technology, education, and mathematics field that focuses on environmental science and sustainability. Opportunities exist across all science and mathematics disciplines for study and for research in a wide range of natural laboratories that include forests, beaches, salt marshes, rivers and more along southeast Georgia’s coastal plain as well as abroad. Graduates are equipped with writing, math, presentation, technical, and essential skills that are critical for success in today’s economy and are well-prepared for jobs in industry, government, non-profit, and/or educational sectors. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that environmental science-related fields will fill more than 9,400 jobs each year until 2030.

General Program Requirements

The PhD with a major in Environmental Science is housed within the James. H. Oliver, Jr., Institute for Coastal Plain Science (ICPS). The ICPS is an interdisciplinary unit that promotes, in coordination with public and private partnerships, interdisciplinary research and education directed toward understanding the physical and biological resources occurring below the Fall Line and their sustainable use and management. The PhD requires 78 hours of course work with the program of study developed jointly between the graduate student and graduate committee. Major advisors and committee members can come from any department within the College of Science and Mathematics as long as the faculty members are affiliates within the ICPS. In addition to completing the required course work, each candidate for the PhD in Environmental Science must complete a dissertation on a subject approved by the student’s doctoral committee.

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Last updated: 11/10/2022