General Degree Requirements

The general requirements for the Environmental Sciences Ph.D. degree are:

  1. A minimum of 61 semester credits of course work, including doctoral research and dissertation as follows:
    • A minimum of 43 semester credits of course work beyond the bachelor's degree.
    • This must include 13 semester credits chosen from EVSA 6010, EVSG 6010, EVSS 6010, EVS 7910, and either EVSB 6010 or EVSC 6010, and must include at least 12 semester credits at the 7000 level.
    • A student in the Biology Concentration is required to complete EVSC 6010 and a student in the Chemistry Concentration is required to complete EVSB 6010.
    • The remaining 18 semester credits are comprised of electives taken at the 5000, 6000, or 7000 level. Up to 18 hours of 5000, 6000 or 7000 level coursework may be transferred from a master's degree.
    • For example, if a student's Graduate Committee accepted 18 hrs of his/her coursework from a previous graduate program, the coursework requirements for the PhD degree for that student would be as follows: The 13 core semester credits (listed above) and the twelve 7000 level semester credits (as approved by that students Graduate Committee) for a total of 25 semester credits.
    • A minimum of 18 semester credits of research and dissertation, resulting in the satisfactory completion of a doctoral dissertation.
  2. Residence of four semesters beyond the bachelor's level, with at least two semesters in continuous residence.
  3. Completion of all requirements for the degree, including the dissertation within a period of eight consecutive years.
  4. Maintenance of a general grade point average of 3.0.
  5. Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination.
  6. Satisfactory presentation and defense of a doctoral dissertation.

In addition, a student must adhere to all policies and procedures governing graduate study at the University, as contained in the Graduate Catalog and administered by the Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies.