In March 2012, the Louisiana Board Regents authorized the Department of Environmental Sciences to offer the PhD degree in Environmental Sciences. The PhD curriculum in Environmental Sciences is designed so that students will acquire substantial knowledge in a primary area of concentration, develop breadth in the three priority areas, and conduct original research on an important environmental topic culminating in a publishable dissertation.
Students entering with a Bachelor’s Degree are required to take a total of 60 credit hours, at least half of which are at or above the 7000 level. Of the 60 hours, nine are for dissertation research (ENVS 9000 ). The curricular requirements for these students include:
Students entering with a master’s degree are required to take a total of 30 credit hours, at least half of which are at or above the 7000 level. Of the 30 hours, nine are for dissertation research (ENVS 9000 ). The curricular requirements for these students include:
All PhD students will take a minimum of nine hours of graduate coursework to establish a minor area of study outside the department. The minor area of study will be developed in consultation with the student’s advisory committee.
Students who have received an M.S. in Environmental Sciences from LSU will likely have taken the requisite ENVS courses described above. For those students, the student’s advisory committee will develop an appropriate program of courses within and outside the department.