Natural Resources and Earth Science Systems (NRESS)

Natural Resources and Earth Science Systems (NRESS)


The interdepartmental graduate program in Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science (NRESS) offers the doctor of philosophy degree for interdisciplinary work related to the understanding and management of the environment in the broadest context.  The NRESS Program brings together environmental and earth sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and ethical and policy studies.  The program aims to increase understanding of environmental and natural resource problems and to provide an opportunity for graduate students to pursue interdisciplinary environmental research.  Study areas include ecosystem science, marine science, oceanography, and multidisciplinary natural resources management.  The program offers two degrees:  the Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (NRES) and the Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Science (EES).

The Degree

Students must take one pre-approved course from each of four core areas: natural sciences, ethics/policy/law, methods, and seminar.   Those entering without a master’s degree are expected to complete at least 36 credit hours.  For students who have completed a master’s degree in a related field, there is no specific credit requirement beyond the required four core courses.   All students must pass a comprehensive exam covering essential material, write a proposal for their dissertation topic, and complete the dissertation.  In addition, they must complete oral defenses of both their research proposal and dissertation.


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