The Graduate school of the Environment and Energy degrees
encourage an independent and creative approach to the
development of curricula. Students are responsible for
identifying a faculty member who is willing to serve as their
advisor. They must form a supervisory committee and submit a
program of study to the graduate coordinator for approval within
the first credits of course work or by the end of the second
semester, whichever comes first. The supervisory committee will
consist of the advisor and at least two other members,
conforming to university policy on master's and Ph.D. thesis
committees. Course requirements may be fulfilled by completing
courses from a variety of academic units at the university. The
program requires a minimum of 32 graduate credits distributed in
four categories to provide the depth and the breadth in
knowledge related to environmental problems. Course selection
should reflect a coherent Individual Program Focus, which is
stated and briefly described in the program of study.
The thesis normally involves original research with independent
acquisition and interpretation of data with a goal of
peer-reviewed publication. Projects are generally less extensive
and can include a broader range of activities.
Ph.D. students fulfilling the research requirement will be
required to take a comprehensive exam administered by their
Students choosing to do a thesis will present their results in a
public seminar and defend their thesis before their committee.
Students will be graded pass/no credit on their research skills
The graduate degrees allow students to expand their knowledge of
the environmental disciplines beyond their undergraduate
training. The degrees offer a professional credential to
students who might not have the time or background to enroll in
a graduate degree program requiring a thesis or dissertation.
Students desiring admission to the MS or PhD programs in
Environmental Science, engineering and management, as well as energy engineering
who do not currently meet admission requirements can demonstrate
their ability to do degree work through successful completion of
the certificate with excellent academic achievement.