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Environmental Studies-Related Graduate Programs  

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There are MANY options out there for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in an environmental studies-related area. If you are interested in getting a graduate degree in the field of environmental studies take a look at the information below. Also, if you would like to look at some graduate school brochures and applications please stop by the Environmental Studies Office in the Black Science Annex.

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Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment offers a myriad of opportunities to students interested in pursuing a career in the environmental sciences. Interested in learning more? Click on this link Nicholas School of the Environment 

Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland offers a M.A. in Cultural Sustainability.

Clemson University and USC both have graduate programs that are related to environmental studies. Check out the links for more information.

Clemson University-Plant and Environmental Sciences

USC Environmental Health Sciences

Below is a list of graduate schools with environmental studies, or environmental studies-related programs recommended by Education-Portal.com

University of Arizona
Environmental Health Sciences MS/PhD
The degree prepares individuals to evaluate and control health risks posed by chemical and biological contaminants and physical exposures (noise, heat and radiation) in occupational and non-occupational environments. Students will receive advanced systematic training in epidemiological and community-based research methods, biostatistical analysis, environmental health sciences, prevention sciences and behavioral sciences. Graduates of this program will have a strong base of skills in these areas and will be able to apply the major theories and methods from these areas to public health research, evaluation, analysis and decision-making. The overall goal will be to specify approaches for assessing, preventing and controlling environmental hazards to human health and safety. Advanced courses are available in a variety of specialty areas tailored to the student’s interests: Climate and Health; Environmental Contaminant Modeling; and Occupational Health and Safety.

Michigan State University
Our department has a long history of excellence in research, extension, and graduate education and we continue to focus on these areas for the issues that confront us today and for the future.
The Department of Entomology works through two colleges-the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Natural Science. This two-college arrangement enables students to integrate the agriculture/natural resources and biological/physical sciences in an optimally beneficial way. We offer B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and consider graduate student education and postdoctoral experience to be one of our highest priorities.

University of Minnesota
Environmental Health Sciences (EnHS) is an academic division of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.
The Environmental Health Sciences program emphasizes the scientific, technological, policy, and management skills needed to address contemporary environmental and occupational health concerns.

Brigham Young University
Environmental Science — MS
Pursuit of the MS degree in environmental science provides students with research and education opportunities in environmental protection and remediation and in plant growth and physiology. Students will select graduate course work in soil science, biology, and environmentally related courses taught in departments across the campus. Those completing program requirements will be well prepared for employment in environmental and agricultural consulting, teaching at the junior college level, and continued graduate studies for the PhD. Their research and teaching interests include: plant growth under environmental stress, invasive species, plant physiology, urban landscape environments, bioremediation of contaminated soils and water, and both modern and ancient agricultural environments.

University of Georgia
Environmental Health (MS)
The Department of Environmental Health Science offers three graduate programs: M.S. in environmental health; M.S. in toxicology; and Ph.D. in toxicology. An additional degree, the MPH (Master of Public Health) is administered through the College of Public Health with a concentration in environmental health science (EHS). The MPH-EHS concentration is a professional degree program that provides basic coursework in the four core areas of public health (environmental health science, epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management and health promotion), with additional training and coursework in EHS. The M.S. degree in environmental health is offered with the opportunity to specialize in environmental protection, industrial hygiene, or public health and may be completed as a terminal degree or as a preparatory step toward a Ph.D. degree. The two toxicology degrees are offered through the University's Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program (see www.toxicology.uga.edu) and students can pursue an emphasis in environmental or mammalian toxicology. Faculty within the Department of Environmental Health Science have expertise in several fundamental and applied disciplines affording a diverse selection of courses and research programs. Courses in environmental air and water quality, risk assessment, industrial hygiene, toxicology, waste management, environmental epidemiology, and statistics provide in-depth training for employment in commercial concerns, government agencies and academic institutions. Research resources include facilities equipped to handle a wide range of chemical, molecular and genomic studies, toxicological bioassays, air or water quality assessments, microbiological and environmental issues. Prospective students who desire financial aid may apply for assistance directly to the Department of Environmental Health Science. A limited number of research and teaching assistantships are available through individual faculty members or the department. Other assistantships are available through the Graduate School and application for these should be made through the Environmental Health Science Graduate Coordinator.

Environmental Planning and Design (MEPD)
The Master of Environmental Planning and Design (MEPD) program in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia is a professional graduate program with an emphasis on a studio based integrative planning process grounded in environmental and ecological principles. The purpose is to improve the lives of people and eco-system health in regions and urban centers, incorporating cultural, historic and design elements, while engaging community process to identify and plan for long range city and regional future goals.
A degree in the MEPD program prepares students for professional careers working in public planning agencies, private firms with city and regional planning departments as a professional planner or in non-profit agencies. The program also offers preparation for future doctoral work in city and regional planning. We welcome students from a wide variety of undergraduate degree programs who are interested in a working with local communities, civic leaders, public agencies and design teams to engage in a democratic planning process.
Situated in the College of Environment and Design, which houses well established and highly rated graduate programs in landscape architecture and historic preservation, the MEPD program offers wide ranging opportunities for collaborative efforts and program concentrations. In addition, students can take course work throughout the University of Georgia in fields such as geography, real estate, anthropology, sociology and ecology to widen their knowledge base and operate within an interdisciplinary framework.

University of Massachusetts Amherst
At the graduate level, the department offers Master of Science (M.S.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in two programs, one in Entomology and one in Plant and Soil Sciences. These programs are administered by different graduate program directors (GPD), are governed by different Graduate Policy Committees, and have separate graduation requirements. Click on Academic Offerings and Degree Programs to learn about each program in general and about specific requirements for each program. Contact the individual GPDs if you have additional questions dealing with the curriculum. Courses in the Entomology degree program are designated by the ENTOMOL rubric, whereas the Plant and Soil courses are indicated by the PLNTSOIL rubric. Information regarding your application for admission to can be obtained from the UMass Graduate School.

Iowa State University
Environmental Science (M.S./ Ph.D.)
*more information available via applying for web brochure

Texas Tech University
The Institute of Environmental and Human Health and the Department of Environmental Toxicology stimulate and develop environmental and health sciences research and education at Texas Tech University/Texas Tech Health Sciences Center within an atmosphere of superior scholarship and collegiality so as to position Texas Tech to be premier in the state, nation and the world in the integration of environmental impact assessment of toxic chemicals with human health consequences, framed in the context of science-based risk assessment to support sound environmental policy and law.
Research Emphasis
• Analytical Toxicology
• Aquatic Toxicology
• Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
• Bioterrorism Countermeasures
• Environmental Law and Policy
• Epidemiology
• Human Health Sciences
• Modeling and GIS
• Nonwovens and Advanced Materials
• Ecotoxicology
• Wildlife Toxicology
The Texas Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has earned national and international prominence in several areas. Traditionally one of the broadest of engineering disciplines, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas Tech has recently expanded its curriculum to encompass even more academic options in response to societal needs. In addition to the bachelor's degree based on structural, environmental, geotechnical, transportation, and water resources, students now have opportunities for course work and research experience leading to masters and doctoral degrees in civil engineering and a masters degree in environmental engineering. The Civil and Environmental Engineering building houses excellent laboratories, classrooms, and computer facilities for teaching and research.

Colorado State University
Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences
MS & PhD
Areas of Study
Radiological Health Sciences
• Radiation cancer biology and oncology
• Radiation protection and measurement
• Veterinary diagnostic imaging
MS & PhD - Environmental Health
Industrial hygiene
MS - Radiological Health Sciences
Health physics
Within the graduate degree programs, certain well-defined “specializations” may be offered. A Graduate Specialization is a formal Faculty Council approved program with a defined curriculum addressing a specialty within one of the graduate degree programs. At the Department’s request, transcripts may be endorsed to reflect specializations.

University of Washington
Earth and Space Sciences (PhD)
The mission of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences is to further the understanding of Earth, the solar system, and their histories.
The Department's scope extends from the center of Earth to the rim of the solar system, and its activities cut across traditional disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and mathematics. Our faculty, students, and staff examine Earth's interior structure, chemistry, motion, and dynamics; geologic hazards; processes affecting the surface environment; the surrounding space environment; planetary processes; and geobiology.
We provide a foundation for interdisciplinary teaching and research that is based on the geologic record, and on rigorous observation and modeling of Earth's present state. Our research aims to provide a basis for making accurate predictions of future conditions.
Through these activities, we contribute to the education of undergraduate and graduate students seeking careers in science and technology, provide broad educational opportunities about Earth, environmental and space sciences, and conduct outreach on related issues of societal concern.

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