Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Our Ph.D. program in ecology and environmental sciences equips students with skills and training in the basic and applied sciences with the objectives of improving society’s understanding of environmental problems and helping manage, mitigate, and avoid those problems. The program in environmental science is a rigorous, interdisciplinary course of study. The overall objectives of the program are: (1) to clarify and improve understanding of environmental problems and to identify solutions to these problems; and (2) to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research amongst scientists from various disciplines.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 54 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSC701Research Methods II1.000
COSC702Ethics of Scientific Research II1.000
COSS711Seminar I1.000
COSS722Seminar II1.000
COSS733Journal Club1.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOE700Lab Rotations3.000
BIOE720Ecosystem Management & Sustainability3.000
BIOE730Topics In Ecology and Environmental Sciences3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (Any 9 credits hours of the following courses, or other approved graduate courses of 600 level or above according to the study plan.) (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
BIOE610Field Ecology3.000
BIOE630Aquatic Ecology3.000
BIOE640Wildlife Disease Ecology3.000
BIOE659Conservation Biology3.000
BIOE665Global Environmental Changes3.000
BIOE682Desert Ecology3.000

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSC800Comprehensive Exam0.000
COSR810Research Proposal0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSR900Dissertation Research  10.000
COSD910Dissertation Defense0.000
1 : Min CH:0 and Max CH:36