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Graduate Handbook

Welcome to the School of the Environment (SOE) at Washington State University (WSU)!  

The School of the Environment is jointly administered by the WSU College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences.  SOE is an academic unit with faculty, students, and staff at multiple campuses and research centers across the WSU system.

This Graduate Handbook describes SOE policies and procedures for all our graduate programs and provides you with essential information as you navigate your graduate degree.  It contains information specific to graduate studies within the SOE and general information of interest to all WSU graduate students.

Although we regularly update the handbook, it is not meant to be all-inclusive. More detailed information may be accessed via the Graduate School Policies & Procedures website, the department coordinator, your advisor, and campus-specific resources for details pertaining to each location and degree program. An important part of the SOE graduate mission is to provide world class graduate education in geoscience, wildlife ecology, natural resource sciences, forestry, and environmental sciences.

Graduate students are centrally and crucially important to SOE in research, teaching and maintaining a vibrant academic community.  We welcome your participation.


Dr. Lisa Shipley

Professor & Associate Director
Graduate Programs |Pullman, Puyallup, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver Campuses


About the School of the Environment

  1. Mission
  2. Core Areas of Research, Education, and Outreach

Academic Requirements, Policies, and Procedures

Program of Study, Research Proposals, and Graduate Committees

Graduate Degree Programs in SOE

  1. M.S. Degrees
    1. Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences
    2. Geology
  2. Ph.D. Degrees
    1. Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences
    2. Earth Sciences

Information for Graduate Students in SOE

  1. New Students
  2. Financial Support
    1. Teaching assistantships
    2. Research assistantships
    3. Fellowships and scholarships


Overview of Research Facilities in SOE

Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO)

 SOE Graduate Program Administration

Download The Current Graduate Student Handbook


Graduate Student Handbook | 2023-24