The Earth and Ecosystem Science Ben Heumann and EES Student in the field(EES) doctoral program at Central Michigan University is a newly formed program providing advanced scientific training in interdisciplinary sciences. EES at CMU employs a systems-level approach to evaluate the physical, chemical, geological and biological structure and function of various natural environments.
In this research-intensive degree program, students develop projects that investigate patterns and processes that regulate environmental variations across a range of temporal and spatial scales.
Through core courses and individual research projects, EES students study the dynamics of aquatic and terrestrial systems (modern and ancient, pristine and polluted) in diverse geographic regions, with a particular focus on the interrelations between multiple factors that govern Earth and ecosystem processes.
As the EES program is inherently multidisciplinary, students with backgrounds in biology, chemistry, geology, geography, physics and mathematics are encouraged to apply. Depending on the major advisor's research focus, projects in EES may explore patterns (biodiversity, reaction, physical architecture), processes (fate, transport, efficiency), regulation (complexity, stability, feedback) and management (sustainability, global change) of ecosystems and key ecosystem components.
The EES Ph.D. is designed as a research-intensive program, with a suite of interdisciplinary core courses specific to this program. Electives and courses on specialized topics are available through Biology, Chemistry, Geography and other academic departments.
Successful completion of the Ph.D. requires a minimum 60 hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor's degree.
After admission to the program, you will meet with your advisor to map out a plan of study, complete a transfer of credits for relevant graduate coursework, and evaluate your academic strengths to determine if additional coursework and/or professional activities are needed. Students will take both required and elective courses to augment research training. The core courses (EES 701, 702 and 703) are designed to provide students of varied backgrounds with universal skill sets and a common understanding of system-level analysis needed to conduct primary research in complex environmental systems. Each student will also complete elective course work as recommended by the faculty advisor and dissertation committee.
Typically, students entering with a bachelor's degree will take 12-30 hours of disciplinary elective courses and 12-30 hours of special topics and directed research credits (and students entering with a relevant master's degree will take 3-9 hours of disciplinary elective courses and 3-9 hours of special topics and directed research, or more depending on transfer credits) in addition to the required core courses and the dissertation.
Student financial support
All students accepted into the EES program are guaranteed four years of financial support (stipend, tuition waiver). Students may be assigned as research assistants or teaching assistants within related departments.
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Last updated October 9, 2015