Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences

The link between human health and the environment is better understood today than ever before, but there's still much to be learned about this complex relationship. The Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program prepares students to make their own contributions to the field.

Program at a Glance

Admissions cycles: Fall, Spring
Application deadline: March 1, Nov. 1
Assistantship types available: Teaching, Research
Graduate director: Stanley Omaye

Why choose this Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences?

The University's Environmental Sciences Ph.D. is research-focused, multidisciplinary degree track with more than 35 participating faculty members from 14 departments across four institutions. The program encourages students to adapt the course of study to their academic interests. Successful students will practice applied science that addresses real world problems such as:

  • Health-based issues
  • Environmental contamination
  • Remediation of environmental damage
  • Air quality
  • Agricultural sustainability
  • Nutrition and nutritional health and sustainability
  • Renewable resource issues

Given the wide range of possible specializations, Environmental Sciences offers many potential career paths.

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While students work individually on research projects in this program, opportunities exist to network with peer groups and train undergraduates and other students in their areas of expertise. They also work closely with advisers on structuring research and reviewing results. Due to the flexible nature of the program, some students may work exclusively in laboratories, while others spend a large portion of time in the field collecting data.

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Strong communication and presentation skills are critical for success, particularly in framing technical and scientific concepts for the general public and community stakeholders. The program conducts a seminar series that is open to campus and the community, giving students opportunities to network with speakers, fellow students, and community members who are interested in their field.

How do I apply?

All applicants must meet the University Graduate School admission requirements. To apply to the Ph.D. portion of the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program, applicants must submit with their Graduate School application:

  • Undergraduate and/or graduate school transcripts reflecting a GPA of 3.00 or greater
  • Copies of graduate record exam (GRE) scores reflecting a verbal plus quantitative score of 297 or greater
  • TOEFL score of at least 600 for the paper version, 250 for the computer version or 100 for the internet-based version (international students only)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A letter stating goals and choice of disciplinary interest
  • Documentation from an Environmental Sciences Graduate faculty member who agrees to be the student's research adviser (this can be submitted after application, but must be submitted prior to entrance to the program)

A lower-level degree in a related science with coursework in calculus, organic chemistry, biology, and physics is desirable.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall semester: March 1
  • Spring semester: Nov. 1

Is funding available?

The program offers a limited number of competitive teaching assistantships. Students may also receive funding through research assistantships under their faculty advisers. Research assistantships fund about 90 percent of the program's students. Support from assistantships generally lasts through the duration of the degree.

Students may also choose to be self-funded. This may be suitable for those who are working full-time while studying.

What's next?

You can apply now if you're ready to begin your journey at the University or contact the graduate director below for more details on the program.

Stanley Omaye. Ph.D.
(775) 784-6443
SFB 005 Sensory Lab: (775) 784-6438
FA 307 Research Lab: (775) 784-6644
Office: Fleischmann Agriculture 106a
Mail Stop: 202

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