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Environmental Science and Engineering (Ph.D.)
Basic Degree Information/Description
The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Environmental Science and Engineering is designed to provide students enrolled in the program with advanced training in research in many aspects of the environmental sciences and environmental engineering. The main emphasis of the new doctoral degree will be on natural resources, especially water resources, land, and air resources. Dissertation research could focus on hydrology, water quality, water pollution control, waste disposal, environmental quality, remediation, ecology, conservation, restoration, contaminants, air pollution control, global change, atmospheric chemistry, environmental geochemistry, environmental microbiology, microbial geochemistry, volcanic hazards, tectonics, seismic hazards, or other anthropogenic changes. Overall, students will be educated in the fundamental areas of Environmental Science and Engineering.
Why pursue a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering?
- Financial Support. All doctoral applicants applying for full-time status may compete for up to $20,000 stipend support per academic year. Other funding opportunities, such as teaching assistant and research assistant positions are available.
- The Department has state-of-the-art laboratories for each major technical area. They are housed in the Engineering Building, as well as the new Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building. These laboratories are used for hands-on research training of graduate students. In addition, computer labs are available for demonstrating state-of-the art application software similar to the ones used by practicing engineers.
- Scholarships are available from a variety of sources, while graduate students may be fully supported through research and teaching assistantships.
Admission Requirements and Prerequisites
- Required Degree: a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from an accredited university. The degrees should be in biology, ecology, environmental science, chemistry, geology, geography, environmental engineering, civil engineering or other related scientific or engineering discipline.
- Other Degree Requirements: Exceptional applicants without a Master of Science degree may be considered for admission to the program on a case-by-case basis.
- General University Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- Application: A complete Graduate School application.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae: A résumé/curriculum vita
- Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic potential.
- Statement of Purpose: A letter of research/specialization interest
- Test Scores: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from a recent (no more than five years old) administration of the examination.
- Other: A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in upper-division and graduate courses.
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
Career Options Available for an Environmental Science and Engineering (Ph.D.)
Our graduates are in high demand in a multitude of private and government agencies, such as engineering consulting firms, infrastructure design/construction companies, environmental health companies, as well as various state, city, and municipal government organizations.
Research taking place in the Environmental Science and Engineering Ph.D. program
The CEE Department offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Environmental Science and Engineering. This program draws on the resources of the College of Sciences and the College of Engineering. Faculty share responsibilities in providing courses, research supervision, and facilities for this program. Areas of research emphasis include water resources, environmental quality, environmental remediation, pollution control, conservation ecology, spatial analysis, remote sensing, and natural hazards. The Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering is awarded to candidates who display an in-depth understanding of the subject matter and demonstrate the ability to make an original contribution to knowledge in their field of specialty.