Ph.D. Environmental Science: Biology
Information & Course Outline
Environmental Science Ph.D Biology Concentration | 61 hours
- In addition to the courses listed below, any 5000, 6000, or 7000-level courses offered by the university and approved by the student's Graduate Committee may be included in the student's Program of Study as part of the 18 hours of electives.
- Subject to Graduate Committee approval, 18 credit hours from a Master of Science degree can be used toward the Ph.D. as elective credits.
Environmental Science Ph.D. Core Courses / Biology (13 hours)
- EVSA 6010 / Environmental Agriculture (3)
- Provides a summary of the actual and/or relative environmental impacts of existing and emerging agricultural production technologies.
- EVSC 6010 / Environmental Chemistry (3)
- Prerequisite: Graduate standing in environmental sciences; one year of chemistry. This is a broad-based course applying the fundamentals of chemistry to the environment. This course cannot be taken for credit towards graduation by students with a concentration in chemistry.
- EVSG 6010 / Environmental Geology (3)
- Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Introduction to geology and the application of geologic knowledge to issues and potential solutions of problems arising from the interaction of human activities and natural earth processes.
- EVSS 6010 / Environmental Social Policy (3)
- Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Social, political, legal, and scientific issues that influence environmental policy decisions.
- EVS 7910 / Environmental Science Seminar (1)
- The seminar requirement is satisfied by completion of the Defense Seminar.
Environmental Biology Concentration (12 hours)
- EVSB 7050 / Environmental Risk Assessment (3)
- EVSB 7060 / Ecological Toxicology (3)
- EVSB 7110 / Environmental Approaches to Fisheries Management (3)
- EVSB 7120 / Endangered Species Biology (3)
- EVSB 7130 / Wetlands Ecology (3)
- EVSB 7140 / Wildlife & Fisheries Nutrition (3)
- EVSB 7150 / Population & Community Ecology (3)
- EVSB 7210 / New & Re-emerging Environmental Human Pathogens (3)
- EVSB 7230 / Molecular Ecology & Evolution (3)
- EVSB 7310 / Plant Ecology (3)
- EVSB 7320 / Aquatic Botany (3)
- EVS 7900 / Writing and Scientific Grantsmanship (3)
- EVSB 7970 / Topics in Environmental Biology (3)
Electives (18 hours)
- 18 credit hours from Master of Science (M.S.) degree may be used to fulfill requirement; subject to committee approval.
Research & Dissertation (18 hours)
- EVSB 7990 / Research & Dissertation (3, 6, 9 hrs)
Concentration Course Descriptions
EVSB 7050 / Environmental Risk Assessment / Lec. 2. Lab 2. Cr. 3.
- Prerequisite: BIOL 6060, EVSC 6010, or consent of instructor. Assessment of ecological risk associated with new chemicals and effluents, existing chemicals and mixtures of chemicals, and human actions.
EVSB 7060 / Ecological Toxicology / Lec. 2. Lab. 2. Cr. 3.
- Prerequisite: BIOL 6060, EVSC 6010, or consent of instructor. A study of the mechanisms of toxicity in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, including the measurement of response, uptake, metabolism, and excretion of toxicants; design and interpretation of toxicity tests, hazard evaluation, risk assessment, and toxics reduction plans; fate and transport processes and advanced approaches in automated computer-assisted monitoring will be evaluated.
EVSB 7110 / Environmental Approaches to Fisheries Management / Lec. 3. Lab. 2. Cr. 4.
- Prerequisite: WFS 5710 and BIOL 6630, or consent of instructor. An in-depth analysis of current fisheries management practices assessed from the ecosystem perspective.
EVSB 7120 / Endangered Species Biology / Lec. 3. Lab. 3. Cr. 3.
- Prerequisite: EVSB 6010 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. The biology, ecology, management, and recovery of threatened and endangered species.
EVSB 7130 / Wetlands Ecology / Lec. 3. Lab. 3. Cr. 4.
- Prerequisite: EVSB 6010 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Ecology and legal issues concerning the management of wetland habitats and species.
EVSB 7140 / Wildlife and Fisheries Nutrition / Lec. 3. Cr. 3.
- The nutritional and foraging ecology of wild fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
EVSB 7150 / Population and Community Ecology / Lec. 3. Cr. 3.
- Prerequisite: BIOL 2130 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Empirical and theoretical concepts in ecology at the population and community levels, including population growth and regulation, species interactions, community assembly and dynamics, metapopulation ecology, and landscape ecology.
EVSB 7210 / New and Re-emerging Environmental Human Pathogens / Lec. 3. Cr. 3.
- Prerequisite: 7 hours of microbiology courses or equivalent. Aspects of emerging human pathogens, including case histories of outbreaks, methods of detection in food and water, and techniques for enumeration and identification.
EVSB 7220 / Molecular Ecology and Evolution Seminar / Lec. 1. Cr. 1.
- Prerequisite: BIOL 2130 and BIOL 4150, and consent of instructor. Review of current literature concerning application of modern molecular techniques to solve ecological and evolutionary questions. Course may be taken up to 3 times for credit.
EVSB 7230 / Molecular Ecology and Evolution / Lec. 3. Lab. 3. Cr. 4.
- Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Role of molecular techniques in the study of ecology and evolution, including techniques used to study phylogeny, microorganism detection, population structure, gene flow, and kinship.
EVSB 7310 / Plant Ecology / Lec. 3. Lab. 3. Cr. 4.
- Prerequisite: BIOL 2130, 5240, or consent of instructor. Interrelationships between plants and their environment, and evaluation of community structure.
EVSB 7320 / Aquatic Botany / Lec. 3. Lab. 3. Cr. 4.
- Prerequisite: EVSB 7310 or consent of instructor. Anatomy, ecology, morphology, physiology, reproductive biology, evolution, and taxonomy/systematics of aquatic plants.
EVSB 7900 / Research Design in Environmental Biology / Lec. 3. Cr. 3.
- Prerequisite: Consent of research advisory committee. Literature investigation and development of an original research proposal outside the student's doctoral dissertation research.
EVSB 7970 / Topics in Environmental Biology / Lab. 2-8. Cr. 1-4.
- Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Special study in an approved field under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty. Course may be taken for credit more than once for a maximum of 6 hours of credit.
EVSB 7990 / Research and Dissertation / Cr. 3, 6, 9.