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Graduate Studies

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The School of the Environment leverages our unique cross disciplinary capabilities to prepare graduates who demonstrate depth within their academic discipline as well as breadth across the professional requirements of that discipline. This expertise prepares our graduates to collaborate at the cutting edges of cross sector scholarship. Our students are financially supported through research assistantships and teaching assistantships that cover tuition, health insurance and a living stipend. We also have multiple opportunities for scholarships.

Welcome from SoE Associate Director for Graduate Studies….

If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree under the advisement of one of our faculty members start by visiting their website and contacting them directly.

*** Due to COVID The School of the Environment is currently waiving GRE exams for admittance ***

We offer five graduate degree programs:

The Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences are offered at the WSU Pullman, Vancouver and WSU Tri-Cities campuses.  Master of Science degrees in Geology, Natural Resource Sciences, and the Ph.D. in Geology are offered only at the Pullman campus.

Areas of research for both M.S. and Ph.D. programs include:

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Earth System Science, with strong focus on the geologic record that is the baseline for characterizing and understanding global change. Includes geochemistry, geophysics, and structure of the Earth; hydro- and biogeology, including biogeochemical cycles, geologic and environmental hazards, and watershed biogeochemistry and hydrology.
Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology, including wildlife ecology and endangered species conservation; spatial and ecological relationships of plants and animals in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, in-stream physical and biological processes, and vertebrate and invertebrate ecology of wetland, lake, estuarine, and marine systems.
Environmental Sustainability and Resource Management, including modeling and dynamics of ecological and environmental systems, population ecology and modeling, sustainable resource management including water resources, private land management, and analysis of policy impacts and the human dimensions of resource conservation.

Research Collaborations:

In addition to working with School of the Environment faculty researchers, graduate students also have the opportunity to collaborate with a broad variety of research units including Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural ResourcesLaboratory for Atmospheric Research,State of Washington Water Research CenterSocial and Economic Sciences Research Center, Department of Geological Sciences at University of Idaho.