Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences

The Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program is being offered jointly through the Department of Chemistry and the Biology Department. Tennessee Tech is the first university in the state to offer this unique Ph.D. program. Because of the strong chemistry and biology departments, the Water Center, and the state's only federally recognized fisheries unit here, Tennessee Tech is uniquely qualified to provide this highly needed program. The program offers a concentration in either biology or chemistry but emphasizes the solution of complex environmental problems using an interdisciplinary approach.


Course work is required in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Agriculture, and Sociology. This interdisciplinary approach insures that students become aware of a wide range of environmental concerns and that their research includes a breadth of environmental understanding beyond the boundaries of a particular discipline. The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in research, management, government service, teaching, and other areas where they can make productive contributions to the solution of environmental problems. Numerous research training opportunities exist, including several aspects of Environmental Chemistry: water quality and management, proteomic effects of pharmaceuticals or personal care productions in the environment, radiochemistry and radioactive waste remediation, alternative energy and fuel chemistry, soil chemistry, lanthanide and actinide chemistry, and pollutant migration and environmental fate.


Graduate Advisor Contact Information:

Dr. Hong Zhang
Office Location: Foster Hall, Room 333 
Phone: (931) 372-6325

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