Ph.D. in Bioenvironmental Science

The Ph.D. program in Bioenvironmental Science is a didactic and research driven program with participating faculty from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, mathematics and Computer Science. The program resides within the Department of Biology within the School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences and utilizes an integrated interdisciplinary approach that is designed to offer flexibility in areas of specialization and training to meet the changing Bioenvironmental needs of the nation and global community. The Ph.D. in Bioenvironmental Science offers research opportunities and instruction in five general areas of concentration: Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Science, Environmental Health Science and Environmental Biotechnology.


Goals and Objectives:

Goal: to produce highly skilled scientists who will apply knowledge derived from basic and applied research to address the multifaceted concerns of the bioenvironmental science community in a changing global society.




·         To provide graduate students with essential academic knowledge, research and practical skills needed for successful careers in bioenvironmental science related jobs at various private institutions, government agencies, academia and industry.

·         To train students on the interaction between various components/systems of the environment, and how to protect the health of humans in the changing environment.

·         To provide interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research training that address the understanding of the underlying mechanisms by which physical, chemical and biological agents cause alterations in the ecosystem integrity and cause morbidity and mortality in man, animals and other organisms, especially those of commercial value.

·         To develop cost-effective methodologies whereby the impact of various environmental pollutants and toxic substances maybe prevented and/or controlled.

·         Establish partnerships with other research-intensive universities, government agencies, museums, international organizations and the private sector that will provide training and internships to facilitate applied research activity and future career opportunities.

·         To establish community outreach programs that provide awareness regarding impact of physical, chemical and biological and toxic agents generated by natural or anthropogenic events on human health.


Admission Policy:

Admission to the Ph.D. program in Bioenvironmental Science is open to individuals holding a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in chemistry, physics or related scientific disciplines. The applicant must have cumulative and science GPAs of 3.0 and above. Each applicant is also required to take and demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (verbal, analytical and quantitative) and GRE Subject Test (chemistry or another science). These scores must be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies as part of the graduate application for admission. In selected cases, academically strong applicants may be admitted to the program with the provision that they take and demonstrate satisfactory performance on the GRE by the end of their first year in the program. In addition to the above requirements, international students whose undergraduate training was not conducted in the English language must have scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) directly sent to the School of Graduate Studies.


As part of the admissions process, all applicants to the program are required to have three letters of recommendation submitted from faculty who can critically evaluate the student’s personal character, academic performance and potential to complete the program. An official transcript of the undergraduate and, when appropriate, graduate course work is also required.


Summary of Procedures for Doctoral Degree:

Admission as a potential degree candidate

Appointment of doctoral committee

Comprehensive examinations

Completion of language requirements

Submission and approval of application for admission to candidacy

Submission of application for diploma

Payment of graduate fees

Submission of dissertation to doctoral committee

Scheduling of defense of dissertation examination

Defense of dissertation examinations-doctoral committee

           Approval and acceptance of final copy of dissertation and doctoral forms