Jun 06, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Environmental Studies

Dr. Steve Sharp, Interim Director; Associate Professor, Boles; Professor Hajdik, Mattingly

The School of Environmental Studies (SOES) fosters in students the desire to lead purposeful professional lives through the application of scientific principles to environmental issues within the social, political, and economic framework of our society https://www.tntech.edu/cis/ses/index.ph.

Environmental and Sustainability Studies Undergraduate Program

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ESS) in the School of Environmental Studies offers a broad range of cutting-edge degree options in the environmental sciences. The program, which is 120 credit hours, prepares students for meaningful careers dedicated to the study, preservation and future of our environment.

  • The Environmental Science concentration allows students their choice of three study options: Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry or Natural Resources. This opportunity teaches students the symbiotic nature of a variety of disciplines and allows them to explore and investigate environmental problems on their own and then present their findings to a diverse audience (https://www.tntech.edu/cis/ses/ess/esses/index.php).
  • The Society, Culture and Communication concentration allows students to explore how cultural values and beliefs influence the way people use the environment. Students study how organizations address environmental problems and how complex concepts regarding those issues are communicated. In this concentration, students can choose a program of study in communications and media, social science and policy, or leadership and environmental management (https://www.tntech.edu/cis/ses/ess/essscc/index.php).
  • The Environmental Technology concentration teaches students to use GIS tools (geographic information systems) in making informed environmental decisions and in modeling environmental processes. Students also explore conventional water treatment methods (https://www.tntech.edu/cis/ses/ess/esset/index.php). 

Professional Science Master’s with a Concentration in Environmental Informatics (PSM-EI)

The 33-hour PSM-EI degree offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines business and science in a unique learning experience that allows students to look at environmental data in a new way and from a business standpoint (https://www.tntech.edu/cis/ses/psm/index.php ).

Environmental Sciences Ph.D. (EVS) Program with a concentration in agriculture, biology, chemistry, geosciences, and integrated research

The School of Environmental Studies offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program that will help 
students reach their career goals in the extensive fields of environmental science. Our Ph.D. program endeavors to be more than a traditional “academic” program. The interdisciplinary faculty work with graduate students to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to solve real-world problems (https://www.tntech.edu/cis/ses/evsphd/index.php).