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

Achievements and announcements

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020!

Congratulations to the graduating students from Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs. We are so proud of your achievement. Please check out our Interdisciplinary Graduate Program celebration page.

Congratulations to Wei Yang, Ph.D. for receiving a Foundation Professor Award!

The award is an annual stipend of $5,000 for a three-year period to be used for professional endeavors. In addition to being honored at the annual Honor the Best ceremony, recipients receive recognition at the annual Foundation Banquet in early fall. In addition, each winner's name is inscribed on an engraved pillar with prior years' winners in the University's Honor Court.
Read the Honor the Best article on Nevada Today for the full list of awardees.

Congratulations to Mozart Fonseca, Ph.D., named Regents' Rising Researcher!

Awards are given annually to three NSHE faculty members (one from each research institution: University of Nevada, Reno; UNLV; and Desert Research Institute) based on early-career accomplishments and potential for future advancement and recognition in research.
Congratulations, Mozart Fonseca!

Our impact

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

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Cleaning for COVID-19: Are household disinfectants and sanitizers harmful to our health?

Assistant Professors Li Li and Dingsheng Li from the School of Community Health Sciences break down how our exposure to home cleaning products has increased and what that means

Jeff Saling

Sessions seek to spark creativity and innovation to help businesses succeed

Extension offering virtual town halls and webinars to help small businesses strategize during COVID-19

Krishna Pagilla

Krishna Pagilla has been elected a fellow of the ASCE

The election honors Pagilla’s more than 25 years of experience in water and wastewater treatment engineering, water resource recovery, water reuse, and environmental molecular biology and biotechnology.