Ph.D. Environmental Science

The Ph.D. in Environmental Science is an advanced interdisciplinary research-oriented program intended for students interested in developing a scientific understanding of the environment as well as its management. The research component is highly focused on the specific environment-related problem(s).

Summary

The Ph.D. in Environmental Science is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge and research experience to enter the workforce or academia. Environmental Science involves diverse areas that include chemistry, biological sciences, ecology as well as studies specific to air/water pollution and hazardous wastes. While we expect graduates of the program to possess diverse skills that meet their career interests, we expect that they will exhibit or engage in the following:

  • Academic Excellence: Advanced understanding of chemistry and biology, as well as environmental regulations and other scientific issues related to the environment.
  • Excellence in Research: The doctoral dissertation requires extensive work leading to publications. Ph.D. candidates will aspire to be at the forefront of an evolving field to solve problems that are highly relevant in present and future political environments.
  • Professional Skills: The students develop professional skills by taking courses where the stress is on real-world environmental problems.

Students in the Environmental Science Ph.D. program learn a wide range of topics that relate to the environmental sciences, such as environmental chemistry environmental analysis, environmental law, environmental microbiology, environmental toxicology and more. Alongside advanced theoretical and academic work, students develop research and analytical skills needed to be successful leaders in their chosen focus within the environmental science field.

Overall, we aim for our Ph.D. students in Environmental Science to gain a wide range of skills and knowledge, including the following learning outcomes:

  • Advanced research leading to publications.
  • Learn about natural processes and pollutants.
  • Learn about environmental regulations and laws.
  • Develop an understanding of global environmental issues including energy utilization and its connection to the environment.
  • An ability to identify and utilize evidence-based resources and information.
  • An ability to think critically and creatively about the environmental issues.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving ability as an individual and as part of a team by using observation, experimentation and environmental regulations.
  • Show ability in scientific research and writing using laboratory experiments related to environmental pollution issues and hazardous waste issues. Students should understand issues related toxicity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how scientific information obtained through the laboratory and computational data are used in research, and to maintain the environmental health of our society in terms of contamination in air, water and soil.
  • Analyze effectively and accurately and use technical skills and equipment to quantify environmental phenomena, as well as use quantitative methods to describe these issues.
  • Understanding of chemical, biological and microbiological process in the environment.

Core Faculty

Jonathan Smitherson

Belfield, Kevin D.

Dean

Belfield, Kevin D.
Dean, Dean-Coll Sci Libr Arts
Official
504 Cullimore Hall
Jonathan Smitherson

Gund, Tamara

Gund, Tamara
Official
353 Tiernan
Jonathan Smitherson

Krasnoperov, Lev N.

Professor, Chemistry

Krasnoperov, Lev N.
Professor, Chemistry, Chemistry and Environmental Science
Official
358 Tiernan
Jonathan Smitherson

Khalizov, Alexei

Assistant Professor

Khalizov, Alexei
Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Environmental Science
Official
356 Tiernan Hall
Jonathan Smitherson

Mitra, Somenath

Mitra, Somenath
Official
151A Tiernan Hall
Jonathan Smitherson

Zhang, Yuanwei

Assistant Professor

Zhang, Yuanwei
Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Environmental Science
Not Provided
Official
Jonathan Smitherson

Yan, Yong

Assistant Professor

Yan, Yong
Assistant Professor, chemistry and environmental sci.
Official
354 Tiernan
Jonathan Smitherson

Li, Mengyan

Assistant Professor

Li, Mengyan
Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Environmental Science
Official
384 Tiernan Hall

Advisement

Jonathan Smitherson

Mitra, Somenath

Mitra, Somenath
Official
151A Tiernan Hall