Environmental Sciences

Leave no trace, but make your mark.

Learn to recognize environmental hazards, protect human health and improve environmental quality. With a strong basis in quantitative sciences, we prepare graduate students for challenging and exciting careers impacting the world around us.

Graduate program information

The Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences Graduate Program

A graduate degree in environmental sciences provides opportunities to contribute to our field in impactful ways. Through comprehensive research and interdisciplinary studies, our students are challenged to address a wide-ranging assortment of rapidly changing environmental issues and concerns that are posing significant tests to the world today. Learn more about the graduate program, the admissions process and resources for student support.

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About us

Learn more about our research interests and interdisciplinary departments and partners that create our unique academic program. 

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Degree programs

Admission requirements, deadlines, program timelines, funding information and more outlining the doctoral and master's programs.

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Student resources

Program handbook, career information, and a list of student organizations and campus resources. 

Discover areas of expertise and meet the faculty within each area to find an advisor and area of research that inspires you.

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Research areas

With impactful current projects, 17 areas of emphases and multiple research centers, you'll be able to tailor your research to fit your interests. Learn more about our exciting fields.

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People of Environmental Sciences

Meet our program faculty, program administrators and doctoral students that shape the program.

Faculty      Ph.D. students

Our impact

Nevada Today news stories from Environmental Sciences and the departments and partners that contribute to the program.

Dani Salcido with Earthwatch volunteers

Caterpillar loss in tropical forest linked to extreme rain, temperature events

Plant, caterpillar, parasitoid interaction studied for 22 years by biologists in College of Science

Marina MacLean

New molecular biologist researches insect communication at University

Marina MacLean joins the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources

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First-generation Ph.D. student Christina T. Igono presents, wins award at international conference of soil scientists

"It is imperative professionals in my field develop sustainable agricultural practices, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and reduce natural disasters or we might not survive."