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Graduate Studies

Professor Jason Sexton with students at the Vernal Pools.

Graduate studies of life and environmental sciences are conducted with our faculty in the Environmental Systems and the Quantitative and Systems Biology graduate groups. We engage in individualized, research-based courses of study. We strive to equip students with the knowledge and skills to improve the scientific understanding of Earth as an integrated system of atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in both Quantitative Systems Biology and Environmental Systems are offered.

Courses are designed to provide the scientific principles underlying the function and sustainability of natural and engineered ecosystems, and the policies affecting them. Participating faculty are affiliated with the Schools of Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.

Research projects are available on topics such as computational environmental sciences, conservational biology, Earth surface processes,  ecohydrology, ecological or ecosystem theory/modeling, evolutionary biology, geomorphology and plant biology.