Environment and Natural Resources (PhD)
The School of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) PhD provides high-level research and scholarly training for individuals who wish to pursue independent, original thinking and careers in academia or high-level research. PhD students conduct independent, innovative and scholarly research within the field of environment and natural resources and are expected to make an original contribution to the body of knowledge. They formulate research questions that probe the limits of what is known, identify the major issues involved, and develop a thorough understanding of the relevant theory bases and methodologies, demonstrate creativity in research design, use critical rigor to analyze and discuss their findings, and disseminate their research.
Students can follow one or more of seven specializations, which can then be designated on the transcript upon graduation, or pursue a unique program tailored around their research interests. The specializations include the following: Ecological Restoration Ecosystem Science Environmental Social Sciences Fisheries and Wildlife Science Forest Science Rural Sociology * Soil Science
Additionally, students are encouraged to devote a portion of their studies to a graduate minor or a graduate interdisciplinary specialization (GIS) to enhance their research within ENR.