College of Engineering

Ph.D. In Environmental Science & Engineering

Ph.D. In Environmental Science & Engineering

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Environmental Science and Engineering is designed to provide students enrolled in the program with advanced training in research in many aspects of the environmental sciences and environmental engineering.

The main emphasis of the new doctoral degree will be on natural resources, especially water resources, land and air resources.

Dissertation research could focus on hydrology, water quality, water pollution control, waste disposal, environmental quality, remediation, ecology, conservation, restoration, contaminants, air pollution control, global change, atmospheric chemistry, environmental geochemistry, environmental microbiology, microbial geochemistry, volcanic hazards, tectonics, seismic hazards, or other anthropogenic changes.

Overall, students will be educated in the fundamental areas of Environmental Science and Engineering.

Program Information

Financial Support

All doctoral applicants applying for full-time status may compete for up to $20,000 stipend support per academic year. Other funding opportunities, such as teaching assistant and research assistant positions are available. Scholarships are available from a variety of sources, while graduate students may be fully supported through research and teaching assistantships.


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has state-of-the-art laboratories for each major technical area. Housed in the Engineering Building and Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building, these laboratories are used for hands-on research training of graduate students. In addition, computer labs are available for demonstrating state-of-the art application software similar to the ones used by practicing engineers.

Research Taking Place in the Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering Program

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Environmental Science and Engineering program draws on the resources of both the College of Sciences and the College of Engineering. Faculty share responsibilities in providing courses, research supervision, and facilities for this program.

Areas of research emphasis include water resources, environmental quality, environmental remediation, pollution control, conservation ecology, spatial analysis, remote sensing, and natural hazards.

The Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering is awarded to candidates who display an in-depth understanding of the subject matter and demonstrate the ability to make an original contribution to knowledge in their field of specialty.

Funding Opportunities

New funding opportunities will be announced on the Environmental Science and Engineering Ph.D. program webpage.

Course Scheduling and Offerings

Most, if not all classes are offered in the evening.

Career Options Available for an Environmental Science and Engineering Graduate

Our graduates are in high demand in a multitude of private and government agencies, such as engineering consulting firms, infrastructure design/construction companies, environmental health companies, as well as various state, city and municipal government organizations.

Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admissions Requirements and pre-requisites:

For more specific requirements, please visit the Online Graduate Catalog


  • Specific Degree Requirements: Yes
  • Graduate Studies Application: Yes
  • Department Application: No
  • Test Scores: General GRE required
  • Resume or CV: Yes
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 L/R required
  • Statement of Purpose: Yes
  • Minimum TOEFL Score: 550 paper/79 internet

Please visit the Graduate Admissions Deadline page for a list of application deadlines.