Doctorate - Environmental Science & Health
The environmental sciences and health graduate program provides education and research
training in the areas of environmental chemistry, ecological toxicology (environmental
biology and ecology), and environmental toxicology as it relates to human health.
The program is based on the tenet that graduate education in the environmental sciences
requires training and research linking the disciplines of chemistry, biology, ecology,
physics and human health. To foster interdisciplinary interactions, the program
recognizes that students must have a strong core curriculum within the environmental
sciences. Beyond that, flexible graduate-level education and research is promoted.
The program administers solely a Plan A graduate course of study and research at
both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. The program's faculty comes from the University
on Nevada, Reno (CABNR, College of Science and
College of Engineering) the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
and the Desert Research Institute.
The environmental sciences and health program consists of three disciplinary tracks
which serve as focal points for student recruitment, faculty participation, and
administration of academic and research activities. The tracks are: environmental
chemistry, ecological toxicology, and environmental toxicology and health. The environmental
chemistry track focuses on the source, transport, transformation and fate of chemicals
in the environment. The ecological toxicology track addresses biological and ecological
issues of fate and effects, ranging from biochemical mechanisms of toxicity in nonhuman
species to biogeochemistry of xenobiotics in manmade and natural ecosystems. The
environmental toxicology track addresses issues in human health and environmental
quality, including biochemistry, physiology and nutrition.
Prospective graduate students should have a GRE score exceeding 1,000 (verbal plus
quantitative), TOEFL score exceeding 600 (international students), and an undergraduate
or graduate major in biology, chemistry, ecology, physics or human health (or a
related major). Applicants for the M.S. and Ph.D. programs must have an undergraduate
GPA exceeding 2.75 and 3.0, respectively. In addition, the program has a series
of undergraduate course prerequisites, and deficiencies must be made up during the
first year of graduate study. Applicants must have a faculty sponsor prior to acceptance
in the program.
Visit the program's website at http://environment.unr.edu/environmental-sciences/
Candidates for both the M.S. and Ph.D. degree must satisfy all general requirements
of the Graduate School. In addition, the
environmental sciences and health program requires students to take a minimum of
three of the five core courses plus the program's seminar series.
Who do I contact for more information about Environmental Sciences?
Dr. Glenn Miller, Professor, Program Director
Phone: (775) 784-4108
Office: 302 Applied Research Facility Bldg, UNR Campus
1664 North Virginia Street
Mail Stop 199
Reno, Nevada 89557-0014
Page last updated: 11/29/2011