PhDs in Environmental Sciences

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Environmental science integrates physical and biological sciences to the study of the environment and the solution of environmental problems. As such, it is an interdisciplinary academic field with an integrated and quantitative approach to the study of environmental systems. Biology, ecology and environmental engineering are among the specific areas environmental science encompasses. Graduates apply knowledge from other scientific and social disciplines such as physics, chemistry and social sciences. Environmental scientists use a systems approach to the analysis of environmental problems. They work on subjects like understanding earth processes, evaluating alternative energy systems, pollution control and mitigation, natural resource management and the effects of global climate change.

Environmental studies and environmental engineering are the two related areas of study in the field. Environmental studies incorporate social sciences for understanding human relationships, perceptions and policies towards the environment. Environmental engineering, on the other hand, focuses on design and technology to improve environmental quality. Environmental scientists are expected to have advanced capability to relate space and time relationships as well as quantitative analysis.

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