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College of the Coast and Environment

Graduate Program

ENVS_grad_outreach.jpgThe Department of Environmental Sciences is a multidisciplinary research and academic unit whose mission is to provide the academic talents and knowledge needed to solve environmental problems that are important to Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico region, and comparable areas throughout the nation and the world. The department offers a variety of courses relating to the environment. Faculty from other academic units participate in teaching some of the department's courses. Likewise, departmental faculty serve as adjunct faculty in several departments that offer master and doctoral programs.

Out of state students can study in our specialized field while only paying in-state tuition rates. To learn how to qualify, follow this link.




The Department offers MS and PhD degrees in environmental sciences and a PhD minor in environmental sciences. In order to provide students with a holistic training to meet today's environmental challenges, the graduate curriculum is organized according to three priority areas: (a) Biophysical Systems (coupled biological and physical systems); (b) Environmental Planning and Management (coupled human and natural systems); and (c) Environmental Assessment and Analysis (coupled people and technology). The MS program consists of thesis and professional options. Collaborative graduate programs with Southern University and LSU-Shreveport are also available.

Research activities within the department include environmental assessment and resource sustainability, environmental microbial ecology, molecular phylogenetics, water quality, air quality and air transport modeling, bioremediation, environmental management, environmental toxicology, genetic toxicology, environmental regulations, policy development, hazardous waste management, development of mobile analytical instrumentation, the environmental impact of toxic chemicals, remote sensing, geographic information science, environmental health, and environmental decision making.

Individualized programs of study for each student are developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee includes the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied.