Degree Programs in Environmental Science
Ph.D. in Environmental Science
The doctoral program in environmental science 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 doctoral 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 among scientists from various disciplines.
The Ph.D. in Environmental Science program is a university-wide degree program administered through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Ph.D. Minor in Sustainable Energy Science
IU's new Ph.D. minor program in sustainable energy science embraces a multidisciplinary approach drawing expertise from a number of departments and schools with an emphasis on the understanding of the scientific basis of sustainability and the implications of energy use.
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Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES)
The Master of Science in Environmental Science is a two-year program administered through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs that provides rigorous training in a chosen environmental science specialization as well as an exposure to the broader interdisciplinary context necessary for developing solutions to complex environmental problems.
Combined Master of Arts in EEB and Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES)
This is a three-year, 60-credit-hour program that qualifies the student for two Master's degrees: MA in Ecological and Evolutionary Biology and MS in Environmental Science. A student must apply to and be accepted by the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) for study toward the Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) degree and by the program in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior (EEB) of the IU Department of Biology and the University Graduate School for study toward the MA or PhD degree. The student must select an advisory committee of at least three faculty members representing both EEB and SPEA. The composition of the committee must be approved by the director of the EEB program and by the director of the MSES program in SPEA.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (BSES) is an undergraduate degree program that specifically considers the environment as a scientific entity. While it is possible to divide environmental science into numerous sub-disciplines or systems such as the atmosphere, the biosphere, the hydrosphere, and the lithosphere, these sub-systems are interdependent components of a single, large system. An individual working within the environmental sciences may pursue a wide range of problems using approaches and tools from any of the traditional sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, meteorology, or physics). This degree should be selected by students preparing for employment as professionals in environmental science or preparing for graduate study in environmental science or in one of the traditional sciences.
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program is administered jointly between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.