Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

School of Earth and Sustainability

Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, Doctor of Philosophy


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Available Emphasis Areas:

This Doctoral program will prepare you to be part of a growing industry of leaders, scientists, and engineers addressing issues of climate change, water scarcity, natural resource demand, and environmental sustainability in the Southwest, United States, and the global community.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

School of Earth and Sustainability

Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, Doctor of Philosophy


Careers

What Can I Do with a Doctor of Philosophy in Earth Science and Environmental Sustainability?

Earth and environmental sciences and their engineering and policy applications are at the forefront of critical issues facing society in the coming decades. Climate change, water scarcity, the growing demand on natural resources, and environmental sustainability are all challenges for the Southwest, the United States, and the global community.

In this program, you'll join a new generation of leaders, scientists, and engineers who will be uniquely trained to tackle these pressing problems. The goal of this degree is to foster integrative and transformative research that lies between the traditional science and environmental engineering sub-disciplines. You will take classes in environmental policy, in-depth seminars in research, an individualized group of classes specific to your emphasis, and classes to help you attain your individual career goals.

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Environmental science and policy expert
  • Applied scientist in energy and environmental and engineering consulting industries
  • Professor
  • Applied scientist in governmental agencies and academe

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

School of Earth and Sustainability

Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, Doctor of Philosophy


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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

School of Earth and Sustainability

Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, Doctor of Philosophy


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

Minimum Units for Completion 60
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Dissertation Dissertation is required.
Comprehensive Exam Comprehensive Exam is required.
Oral Defense Oral Defense is required.
Research Individualized research is required.

Purpose Statement

The Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability (ESES) brings together students and faculty from across the University. Many ESES topics address questions that can inform decisions and solutions related to environmental issues made by governments, business and society.
 
ESES students produce discipline-specific science and engineering of the highest quality. They strive to integrate different disciplines from the natural sciences, social sciences and engineering to build, connect and communicate knowledge to increase the broader impacts of their research.
 
ESES students study how planet Earth is changing due to natural phenomena and human activities over spatial and temporal scales. They observe, explain, understand, and project trends in earth, environmental, and societal systems, and investigate the drivers and processes that shape natural and social worlds and the interactions between them.
 
Student Learning Outcomes

ESES students will select one of the following three emphasis areas, based upon their background and the work they will complete toward their dissertation:
 
Earth and Planetary Systems

This emphasis will prepare you to pursue research and educational opportunities that:

The focus area in Earth and Planetary Systems will train and educate future leaders in areas of industry with growing demands (e.g., natural resources and energy), and in government agencies that require PhD-level researchers to inform policy decisions on some of the largest problems facing society.
 
Climate and Environmental Change
 
The Climate and Landscape Change emphasis is designed to develop research and educational skills that:This emphasis often combines the long-term perspective from geological archives with process-oriented investigations of today, with the goal of integrating a field-based understanding of natural systems into predictive models to support sustainable resource management in the face of climate change.
 
Engineering Sustainable Systems
 
The goals of this emphasis are to develop research and educational skills that:

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

School of Earth and Sustainability

Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, Doctor of Philosophy


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Additional Admission Requirements
Doctoral Requirements
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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

School of Earth and Sustainability

Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, Doctor of Philosophy


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