Ph.D. in Environmental & Conservation Science North Dakota State University - Graduate School
To be admitted to the Environmental and Conservation Sciences program, the applicant must meet the Graduate School requirements. Further, applicants are only considered after an ECS affiliated faculty member has agreed to admit the student to her/his lab and make arrangements for stipend and research funding.
Track 1: Conservation Biology
Conservation Biology offers a new philosophy of looking at complex problems. This discipline focuses on the loss of regional and global biodiversity, but considers the human element, as well, in its approach to conservation. As an example, conservation biologists integrate a variety of sub-disciplines such as molecular ecology, landscape ecology, and conflict resolution to conserve biodiversity.
Track 2: Environmental Science
Areas of Environmental Science, such as climate change, groundwater, hazardous waste, and water chemistry require broad training across discipline lines for a successful application. To better predict anthropogenic environmental impacts, engineering, earth material, chemical, and biological data have to be considered in an integrated manner.
Track 3: Environmental Social Science
The environmental Social Sciences discipline looks at interactions between humans and the environment which tend to be complex and often require interdisciplinary efforts to understand and manage. Environmental policy, environmental economics, environmental history, environmental communication, environmental sociology, and human ecology are examples of the fields of study.
One cornerstone of the ECS curriculum is a weekly Greenbag Seminar series that provides an opportunity for students to interact with professionals "in the trenches." Local professionals, as well as nationally recognized experts, provide seminars, workshops, and mini-courses to ECS students.