Dec 07, 2022
Environmental Sciences Program Information
Geosciences has many connections with Environmental Sciences, including study areas of climate change, depletion of sand, soils, and other terrestrial resources, hydrology and groundwater contamination, fracking and other oil/gas/coal exploration, geographic patterns in land use, geospatial analyses and remote sensing, just to name a few. Tennessee Tech has existing laboratory space to provide a venue for dissertation research projects in environmental geology, geography, and related earth sciences topic areas.
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.
Concentration Core Coursework (13 hours)
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 are allowed upon approval of the graduate advisory committee, department chair/director, and dean of the college.