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Degree Requirements

The EES PhD program serves students and advisers from a range of disciplines. There are three categories of course requirements for this degree.  

  1. At the time of admission, the School's admission committee may require the student to take up to three courses that they feel will help the student be successful in our program.  
  2. All students in the program are required to take the core courses (see below).  
  3. Your Advisory Committee and you will select the remaining courses that best serve your PhD educational goals.  

Degree requirements:

At least 81 credits past the bachelor's degree, including the following specific courses:

Course Credits
One term of a quantitative methods course: ESM 566, ESM 567, G 523, Geog 597, or other course as approved by your advisor 3-4
One term of an environmental sociology course as approved by your advisor
3-4
One term of an interdisciplinary thinking course as approved by your advisor 3-4
ESR 655/656/657 (3) Topics in Professional Transdisciplinary Writing and Communication Skills (three terms)
met by taking the following three courses:
  •  ESR 655 (1) Science Communication
  •  ESR 656 (1) Adv Communication Skills for Doctoral Students
  •  ESR 657 (1) Science, Media and the Public
3
Seminars (1) (six terms)
met by the ESM/G/GEOG  507 Speakers Series, Research Group Seminars at the departmental 500 level, and Journal Clubs offered in your area at the departmental 500 level
    6
    Dissertation (at least 27 credits) 27
    Other graduate credits 33-36
    Total: 81


    Course Descriptions:

    Speakers Seminars (1 credit each)

    Met by taking ESM/G/GEOG 507 Speakers Series, Research Group Seminars at the 500 level, and Journal Clubs at the 500 level. See what seminars satisfy this requirement.

    ESR 655/656/657 Topics in Professional Transdisciplinary Writing and Communication Skills (3 one-credit courses)

    Crucial skill development for advanced graduate students in writing, communicating through multiple forms of media and public messaging. Students will work on projects derived from their own scholarship. Cross sector exposure from science, management, business or non-­‐profit partners. Students must take three different sections of this course as approved by their adviser. This course requirement will be met by taking three 1-­‐credit courses:

    Science Communication (1 credit)

    Students will outline the objectives involved in presenting scientific information to different audiences, including the role of the speaker, visual presentation of data, written and mixed media.

    Advanced Communication Skills for Doctoral Students (1 credit)

    Students will explore more advanced topics on presentation and proposal preparation. All students will prepare a mocked up poster based on cognitive and graphic design principles. They will create an extended outline for a research proposal. Peers in class will critique posters and proposals. Prereq: G610 Writing Skills or ESM 555

    Science, Media and the Public : Working with the Media to create effective scientific messages (1 credit)

    Scientists need to explain their studies to the public through mass media. Topics include; audience, different media, the reporters’ process, editor's view of science stories, and how inaccuracies get perpetuated. Students will evaluate a wide variety of mass media materials, interview practice, and guests' description of various media.

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