Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program
IntroductionA new Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program greatly expands upon graduate opportunities previously available at the masters level in the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, and Physics (see departmental listings for Environmental Sciences Core option at the masters level). For updated information on the Environmental Sciences Ph.D., please call the Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program Office at (937) 775-3273, or consult our Web site at: www.wright.edu/academics/envsci/.
This program leads to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in environmental sciences. This program is unique in its focus, building on a core group of program faculty with recognized expertise. The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program consists of three areas of excellence:1) Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology; 2) Environmental Stressors; and 3) Environmental Geophysics Hydrogeology. These areas of excellence will provide students with high-demand environmental skills that are interdisciplinary-based yet well grounded in more traditional areas of environmental biology, chemistry, toxicology, geophysics and hydrogeology.
A student will be admitted to the Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program with a baccalaureate degree or a masters degree from a supporting discipline (e.g., biology, chemistry, geology, or physics); satisfaction of the admission requirements as set forth by the School of Graduate Studies; and a record that indicates potential for a career in environmental sciences, as evaluated by the programs Admissions Committee (consisting of program faculty from participating departments). Students should enter the program with knowledge of one of the supporting sciences and having successfully completed biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, statistics, and calculus. If a student is deficient in one of these areas, the Admissions Committee may recommend the undergraduate courses that should be completed during the first year. Determining deficiencies will be dependent on the students area of focus.
Admitted students will be expected to demonstrate strong academic ability. Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores is required. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 600/250.
Degree RequirementsStudents are asked to master a series of core courses, advanced content courses, seminars, and laboratory rotations (see Curriculum below). These serve as an interdisciplinary base for the development of dissertation research. The institution awards the degree when the student satisfactorily completes the required work.
Waiver of Program Requirements
Students may petition to be exempted from all or part of the core curriculum, usually by scoring a passing grade on an appropriate proficiency examination. Students with a masters degree in a relevant field of study will be exempted from appropriate course requirements and 45 credit hours. Students may also petition for waiver of credit for previous graduate courses taken in another accredited program. Advanced course credit of up to 12 credit hours may be waived providing (a) the grade attained in each course is a B or better, (b) the course was taken within four years of the actual waiver, and (c) the course relates to the area of concentration chosen in this program. Petitions for obtaining credit for laboratory experiences may be made, subject to the same credit hour limitations and time constraints as for courses.
Petitions for exemption or waiver should be submitted to the program director, who will make the final decision, and who may, if necessary, seek a recommendation from the Curriculum Committee.
Each student chooses a faculty member to guide and direct the dissertation research on a daily basis. In addition, a supervisory committee is formed to periodically review the students progress. The relationship between the student, the faculty advisor, and the committee is central to the program. The committee determines when the research may be considered complete and must approve the written dissertation, as well as the students public defense of it. The committee certifies to the program director the competency and achievement of the dissertation.
FacultyThe program is a cooperative effort among departments within the College of Science and Mathematics. Program faculty at Wright State reside in the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, and Physics.
Biological Sciences Department
James P. Amon, wetland ecology, wetland microbial ecology, bioremediation, phytoremediation, wetland restoration
Larry G. Arlian, medical entomology, immunoparasitology, physiology
Huntting W. Brown, environmental management, environmental law
G. Allen Burton, aquatic toxicology, ecological risk assessment
Wayne W. Carmichael, aquatic biology/toxicology, cyanobacteria toxicology, biotechnology
Donald Cipollini, Jr., plant physiological ecology, molecular and chemical ecology
David L. Goldstein, comparative physiology of osmoregulation, physiological ecology, ornithology
Keith A. Grasman, wildlife toxicology and immunotoxicology
Dan E. Krane, molecular and genome evolution; human population substructuring
James R. Runkle, plant ecology, general ecology
Yvonne Vadeboncoeur, aquatic ecology, ecosystem ecology
Thomas Vant Hof, comparative physiology, endocrinology, physiological ecology and chronobiology
Michele G. Wheatly, crustacean physiology, calcium transport
Timothy S. Wood, invertebrate ecology, biology of freshwater bryozoans
Roger K. Gilpin, Mead Endowed Chair of Environmental Sciences, analytical chemistry
Steven R. Higgins, environmental chemistry, surface-solute interactions, contaminant transport dynamics
Audrey E. McGowin, analytical and environmental chemistry
Paul G. Seybold (chair), physical and biophysical chemistry
Geological Sciences Department
Abinash Agrawal, contaminant hydrogeology, site remediation
Cindy Carney, carbonate petrology, carbonate sedimentology, diagenesis
Songlin Cheng, hydrogeochemistry, isotope hydrology, geographic information systems
David Dominic, clastic sedimentology, stratigraphy
Ernest C. Hauser, near surface geophysics, subsurface imaging
Robert W. Ritzi Jr., hydrogeology, hydrogeological modeling
Doyle Watts, seismic data acquisition and processing, astrogeology, remote sensing
Doug Petkie, spectroscopy, chemical physics, remote sensing
Financial AssistanceGraduate assistantship and fellowship support is available to students on a competitive basis. Students awarded support are eligible for stipends and remission of tuition fees the first two years. The Fellowship is for $17,612 (plus tuition remission) on a 12 month basis. The first year is a Research Assistantship (12 months), the second a Teaching Assistantship (9 months), and then your major professor supports you with their research funds for the remaining time of your Ph.D.
Also available is the new YSI Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Fellowship. The Research Fellowship is for a minimum of $20,000 plus tuition and fee waivers. This prestigious award will be given to a qualified applicant accepted into the Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program at WSU. Students may apply with either a B.S. or M.S. degree from a relevant major (e.g., biology, chemistry, geology, physics, toxicology, environmental health sciences). The program provides a strong interdisciplinary focus both in the course work and dissertation research, with a focus on contaminant fate and effects in three areas of faculty expertise: environmental toxicology and chemistry, environmental stressors, and environmental geophysics and hydrogeology. Review of applications for the 2004-2005 Academic Year will begin in January 2004 and continue until the position is filled.
Students with financial assistantships must register as a full-time student each quarter (at least 15 credit hours of relevant graduate courses).
Course of Study
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