Jul 03, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Environmental Sciences, Agriculture Concentration, Ph.D.


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Environmental Sciences Program Information 

Agriculture has many connections with Environmental Sciences, including study areas of sustainable and organic farming, applications of technology and engineering, and effects of pesticides and fertilizers on plants, animals, and ecosystems, to name a few. Tennessee Tech has the Shipley Farm and other operations that provide a venue for dissertation research projects in Environmental Agriculture and the faculty in the School of Agriculture offer coursework and advise graduate students in this area.

Degree Requirements


The general requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Environmental Sciences are:

  • Concentration Core Coursework: 13 hours
  • Research and Dissertation Requirement: 18 hours
  • Advisor Guided Concentration Coursework: 30 hours
  • Total Degree Requirement: 61 hours
     
  • A minimum of 61 semester credits of course work and doctoral research and dissertation as follows:
    • A minimum of 43 semester credits of course work beyond the bachelor’s degree: 
      • This must include 13 semester credits of core coursework
      • This must include 30 hours of concentration coursework
      • Must include at least 12 semester credits at the 7000 level
    • A minimum of 18 semester credits of research and dissertation, resulting in the satisfactory completion of a doctoral dissertation.
  • Residence of four (4) semesters beyond the bachelor’s level, with at least two (2) semesters in continuous residence.
  • Completion of all requirements for the degree, including the dissertation within a period of eight (8) consecutive years.
  • Maintenance of a general grade point average of 3.0.
  • Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination.
  • Satisfactory presentation and defense of a doctoral dissertation.

In addition, a student must adhere to all policies and procedures governing graduate study at the University, as contained in the Graduate Catalog and administered by the Director of Graduate Studies.

Research and Dissertation Requirement (18 hours)


Advisor Guided Concentration Coursework (30 hours)


The advisor and/or committee may define 30 hours from any EVSA, EVSB, EVSC, EVSI, EVSS, EVS, BIOL, or CHEM 6000-7000 level courses.

Course Substitutions


Course Substitutions are allowed upon approval of the graduate advisory committee, department chair/director, and dean of the college.

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