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PhD in Chemistry: Environmental Chemistry Track

The PhD program in Environmental Chemistry is situated within the current doctoral program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. This track prepares students with an interest in the chemical aspects of environmental science with coursework and research experience at the doctoral level. The proposed track consists of both academic classes and research.

Although the requirements of the track are similar to those that presently exist for doctoral students in chemistry, the difference in the new track is that the majority of the coursework and the thesis research be in the general area of environmental chemistry. The types of students we expect to enter this program are those who have a current interest in the chemical and biochemical aspects of environmental science and wish to earn a doctoral degree indicating specialized knowledge in these areas.

As environmental concerns increase at the national level, graduates of the program will have strong expertise in environmental science and chemistry as well as biogeochemistry, and will be better equipped to find employment in these areas in industry, government and academia.

Career Outlook

  • Environmental Field Chemist 
  • Food Specialist 
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Soil and Plant Scientist
  • Quality Control Analyst