Ph.D. Environmental Science: Chemistry
Information & Course Outline
Environmental Science Ph.D. Chemistry 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.
Core Courses / Chemistry (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.
- EVSB 6010 / Environmental Biology (3)
- Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Biological concepts, community and ecosystem structure and function, population biology, water pollution, land and wildlife resources, endangered and threatened species, resource management, human impact, and environmental economics. This course cannot be taken for credit toward graduation by students with a degree or concentration in biology or wildlife and fisheries sciences.
- 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)
- Can cover any topic of Environmental Chemistry, but must not include topics in the student's research plan and must be completed by the semester before the comprehensive exam.
Environmental Chemistry Concentration (12 hours)
- EVSC 7110 / Water, Soil & Air Chemistry-Part I (3)*
- EVSC 7120 / Water, Soil & Air Chemistry-Part II (3)*
- EVSC 7210 / Organic Chemistry in the Environment (3)
- EVSC 7900 / Research Design in Environmental Chemistry (3)*
- EVSC 7970 / Special Topics in Environmental Chemistry (3)
- * Required Courses
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)
- EVSC 7990 / Research & Dissertation (3, 6, 9 hrs)
Concentration Course Descriptions
EVSC 7110 / Water, Soil, and Air Chemistry—Part I / Lec. 3. Cr. 3.
- Prerequisite: CHEM 5520, 5710, or consent of instructor. Composition of waters and soils; kinetics and thermodynamics of environmental chemical and physical processes in waters and soils. Equilibrium modeling exercises are employed to prepare students for professional activities, and to reinforce course material.
EVSC 7120 / Water, Soil, and Air Chemistry—Part II / Lec. 3. Cr. 3.
- Prerequisite: EVSC 7110 or consent of instructor. Electrochemistry and solubility of soil minerals. Kinetics, reaction dynamics, photochemistry, and heterogeneous phase chemistry of the troposphere and stratosphere. Students will become familiar with watershed modeling and the use of geographical information systems in environmental chemistry.
EVSC 7210 / Organic Chemistry in the Environment / Lec. 3. Cr. 3.
- Prerequisite: CHEM 3520 and 6210 or consent of instructor. Introduction to specific organic compounds, their physical and chemical properties, chemical and photochemical transformation reactions and mechanisms in the environment, and literature case studies effectively used in their decontamination.
EVSC 7900 / Research Design in Environmental Chemistry / Lec. 3. Cr. 3.
- Prerequisite: Full Standing in Ph.D. program in environmental sciences, completion of core courses, and consent of research advisory committee. Literature investigation of a current area of environmental research leading to the development of a research proposal on a topic not related to student's doctoral dissertation research.
EVSC 7970 / Special Topics in Environmental Chemistry / Lec. 1-3. Lab. 0-3. Cr. 1-4.
- Prerequisite: Full Standing in Ph.D. program in environmental sciences or consent of instructor. Timely topics in environmental chemistry. Course may be taken for credit more than once.
EVSC 7990 / Research and Dissertation / Cr. 3, 6, 9.