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There is strong world demand for scientists, technologists, and engineers with multi-disciplinary training to confront the need for a healthy environment as the global human ecological footprint expands. If you are already part of the expanding world of environmental science or are thinking of steering your career toward this exciting, interdisciplinary field, we think our program will serve your needs.

Our students receive top scientific training and diverse professional development opportunities from internationally recognized faculty and our world-class facilites. A hallmark of our program has been thesis-producing MS and PhD degrees touching on the interaction of environments with agricultural pressures; however, we also offer a non-thesis option for students interested in human-environment interactions. We proudly achieve a greater than 95% placement rate for our graduates in industry, higher education, and government agencies.

We hope you will consider Iowa State University for your graduate studies in environmental science.

Thomas Isenhart, Program Chair & Director of Graduate Education

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The Environmental Science Graduate Organization (ENSCISU) encourages scientific interaction between graduate students and faculty to increase interdepartmental communication and provide a forum for the exchange of scientific information.

Cooperating Departments

Our students major in Environmental Science and receive a Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from one of our eight cooperating departments.