PhD Environmental Science

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Environmental Science is a university-wide and interdisciplinary program focusing on theoretical and methodological issues in environmental science and management. Graduates of this program are expected to deal competently with contemporary concerns in environmental analysis, planning and management. The resolution of environmental problems requires linking together several disciplines and organizing knowledge to have a holistic view of the factors determining environmental conditions in a given time and place. The ability to integrate biophysical, social and cultural information is crucial in analyzing and resolving environmental problems. The program aims to sharpen the understanding of contemporary environmental issues and problems using tested analytic techniques, like case analysis, modeling and simulations. Students are expected to be able to formulate new methodologies of studying environmental phenomena.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the program, the student must have a Master’s degree in Environmental Science or a related discipline from any institution of higher learning recognized and accredited by the UPLB Graduate School. To be considered for admission, the applicant must comply set by the Graduate School. Additionally, the Ph.D. applicant is required to submit a statement of research interest or research proposal. Statement of research interest should include reasons for undertaking graduate work at UPLB-SESAM. Statement of research proposal should include a statement of the problem, the significance of the research, research questions, objectives, theory that you would like to explore or use to address the research questions, and methodologies.

A duly accomplished application form must be submitted to the UPLB Graduate School together with the following documents:

All documents must be received by the UPLB Graduate School not later than January 31, for First Semester (June) admission, and June 30 for Second Semester (November) admission.

Program Outcomes

After completing the program, the student is expected to be able to:

Minimum Course Requirements

MS EnvSci (Major)

CoursesUnits
Core Courses
ENS 242 Economic Valuation for Environmental and Natural Resource Systems (3)
ENS 270 Dynamics of Population, Resources and Environment (3)
ENS 299 Graduate Seminar (1)
7
Major Courses9
Dissertation (ENS 400)12
Cognate Courses 9
Total37

Non-MS EnvSci Graduates

CoursesUnits
Core Courses
ENS 242 Economic Valuation for Environmental and Natural Resource Systems (3)
ENS 270 Dynamics of Population, Resources and Environment (3)
ENS 299 Graduate Seminar (1)
7
Major Courses9
Dissertation (ENS 400)12
Cognate Courses 9
Total37
Requirements for Candidacy

A student seeking to qualify for candidacy to the Ph.D. degree must have taken and passed any three of the four foundation courses in UPLB.

In addition, the student must pass a qualifying examination to be given by a guidance and advisory committee at a time within the schedule of course work prescribed by the committee. To pass the examination, the student must not receive any negative vote from any member of his/her advisory committee before registering in the second semester of residency.

Consistent with the existing rules of the UPLB Graduate School, courses taken in an MS degree may not be credited in the Ph.D. degree, the core course which had already been taken in MS EnvSci will have to be substituted by other ENS courses. This is to ensure that the student fulfills the total units required in the program.

To be conferred with a degree, the student must pass both the written and oral examination given by the examination committee and must be able to defend the dissertation.

Areas of Specialization

Environmental Security and Management

This area of specialization provides advanced training in policy analysis and research methodologies related to the study of the environmental impact and threats to human and other populations, to communities and groups, and to their life-support ecosystems and on how these can be regulated and controlled. A specialization in this area calls for a substantial understanding of environmental and resource economics, environmental policy and governance, biophysical and ecological processes and conceptual and methodological frameworks for environmental and resource analysis, planning and management.

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