Environmental Life Sciences, PhD

The PhD in environmental life sciences is a novel graduate degree program that provides doctorate-level training in several complementary fields focused on the interactions between organisms (e.g., plant, microbe, people and other animals) and the environment. This unique program provides opportunities to train across many fields of study, including:

  • biology
  • biochemistry and chemistry
  • conservation science
  • ecology
  • evolution
  • environmental engineering
  • geosciences
  • mathematics and statistics
  • spatial sciences
  • social sciences
  • sustainability

Graduate students are trained by means of:

  • a core class, taught by environmental life science faculty members
  • hands-on experiences in the lab and field
  • guidance from committee members across multiple disciplines
  • research seminars

The focus is on collaborative, interdisciplinary and integrative study of the causes and consequences of environmental variation across scales ranging from the organism to the globe. The overall goal is to provide a unique, interdisciplinary doctoral program that encourages students to explore and solve complex problems in the context of natural and anthropogenic environmental change.

Degree Offered

Environmental Life Sciences, PhD
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

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