Oct 01, 2022
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES) in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources (CABNR) has established itself as a rapidly growing, world-class, research-focused department. The NRES faculty cover a wide range of different disciplines and have numerous cross-cutting projects within the department.
Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes
The student will:
- learn to design and implement research,
- learn to perform rigorous statistics/analytical methods related to their research topic(s),
- learn to develop and demonstrate written and oral communication of research,
- learn to develop professional skills relevant to their career goals,
- gain teaching experience,
- gain experience in grantsmanship.
Students who seek admission to the program should have:
- a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0,
- a combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of 300, and
- for international students, a TOEFL score of 600 (paper version), 250 (computer version), or 100 (internet version).
Students must have an advisor among the NRES faculty before they are accepted into the Program. Students must meet a set of coursework requirements consistent with career objectives in a relevant natural resources and environmental science field. Required undergraduate classes must be taken prior to admittance or while in their graduate program.
I. Program Requirements
* Curriculum requirements described in this catalog supersede the handbook.
A. Course Requirements
NRES Ph.D. students will be required to take:
- NRES 7xx, Research Methods and Applications in Natural Resources and Environmental Science (PENDING),
- six (6) units of quantitative coursework at the 600 or higher level, and
- four (4) units of a committee-approved seminar series.
In addition, NRES Ph.D. students will be required to fulfill a teaching requirement which can be met by:
- taking a course in instructional methods,
- having a Teaching Assistantship with a significant instructional component,
- by serving as an instructor of record, or
- by having previous professional teaching experience.
Beyond this, the NRES Ph.D. degree is intended to be “committee-driven” where the student has flexibility to select most courses and develop a program of study under the guidance of an advisory committee.
B. Advisory Committee
The advisory-examining committee consists of at least five graduate faculty members. In addition to the permanent advisor as chair, this committee is composed of two or more members from the major department, one or more from departments in related fields, and at least one member of the graduate faculty from outside the student’s major department or program who is the Graduate School Representative.
C. Comprehensive Exam
Students will take and pass a comprehensive examination (for 1 credit) in order to be admitted into Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree. The comprehensive examination will be developed and administered by the student’s advising committee, and will consist of a written and orals component.
Each candidate will write and defend in public their dissertation. The student’s advising committee will pass judgement about the quality and sufficiency of the dissertation and its defense. The dissertation must also be accepted by the Graduate School.
II. Total Units
72 graduate units
NRES faculty also participate in and support graduate students in several graduate interdisciplinary programs, including:
Graduate degrees may be earned in Environmental Sciences, M.S. and Environmental Sciences, Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary program. For further information, refer to the Interdisciplinary and Special Programs section of this catalog.
Graduate degrees may be earned in Hydrologic Sciences, M.S. and Hydrologic Sciences, Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary program. For further information, refer to the Interdisciplinary and Special Programs section of this catalog.
A doctor of philosophy degree in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology is available in an interdisciplinary program. For further information, refer to the Interdisciplinary and Special Programs section of this catalog.