Doctorate in Natural Sciences in North America

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Earning a Ph.D. requires extended study and intense mental effort. A PhD is an academic study on which you concentrate for four to six years after obtaining your master’s degree, and that leads, if successful, to a PhD degree, the highest academic degree.

Research in Natural Studies is vital to understanding how the earth works and how its various systems interact with one another. Those who study Natural Science on the doctoral level will be in a position to lead these studies. A PhD in Natural Science is the degree required for research and instruction in this area of science.

From indigenous civilizations to modern day empires, North America has plenty of hands-on educational opportunities to offer scholars. Filled with a range of distinct cultures, students can educate themselves in well-rounded way.

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PhD in Imaging Science

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA Rochester

The doctor of philosophy degree in imaging science signifies high achievement in scholarship and independent investigation in the diverse aspects of imaging science. [+]

The doctor of philosophy degree in imaging science signifies high achievement in scholarship and independent investigation in the diverse aspects of imaging science. Candidates for the doctoral degree must demonstrate proficiency by:

Successfully completing course work, including a core curriculum, as defined by the student’s plan of study; Passing a series of examinations; and Completing an acceptable dissertation under supervision of the student’s research adviser and dissertation committee.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program in imaging science, candidates must: Hold a bachelor of science degree in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or one of the natural sciences. (Because imaging science encompasses a wide variety of scientific disciplines, students with diverse backgrounds are accepted into the program. Exceptional students from other fields may be accepted.) Have completed courses in calculus, university physics (one year), modern physics, and a computer language. Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Submit official transcripts from all previous course work. Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals well-qualified to judge their abilities for graduate study. Submit an application for graduate study. ... [-]

PhD in Mathematical Modeling

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA Rochester

Mathematical modeling is the process of developing mathematical descriptions, or models, of real-world systems. These models can be linear or nonlinear, discrete or continuous, deterministic or stochastic, and static or dynamic, and they enable investigating, analyzing, and predicting the behavior of systems in a wide variety of fields. [+]

PhD in Mathematical Modeling Program overview Please Note: This program is currently recruiting its first class, which will begin in fall 2017. Mathematical modeling is the process of developing mathematical descriptions, or models, of real-world systems. These models can be linear or nonlinear, discrete or continuous, deterministic or stochastic, and static or dynamic, and they enable investigating, analyzing, and predicting the behavior of systems in a wide variety of fields. Every mathematical modeling enterprise has four aspects: the content of the application field, the mathematical formulation and analysis, the analytical and computational methods (which often involve high-performance computing), and the interpretation and analysis of the results. Through extensive research, graduates of this program will have the expertise not only to use the tools of mathematical modeling in various application settings, but also to contribute in creative and innovative ways to solve complex interdisciplinary problems and to communicate effectively with domain experts in various fields. Plan of study The degree requires at least 60 credit hours of course work and research. The curriculum consists of three required graduate common courses, three required graduate concentration courses, a course in scientific computing and high-performance computing (HPC), elective courses focused on the student’s chosen research concentration, and a doctoral dissertation. At least 30 credit hours of course work, including the common curriculum, is required. In addition, at least 30 credit hours of research, including the Graduate Research Seminar and an interdisciplinary internship outside of RIT, is required. At least three years of full-time study... [-]

PhD in Color Science

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA Rochester

Color science research at RIT encompasses such diverse fields as medical data visualization, computer graphics and animation, art conservation, spectral and spatial measurements of materials, color printing, digital photography, motion picture and television, and modeling of our perceptions for use in defining color quality. [+]

Doctors of Philosophy in Natural Sciences in North America 2017. Doctor of Philosophy in Color Science Color has been a topic of intense interest and inquiry for hundreds if not thousands of years. As a generalization, color science can be defined as the quantification of our perception of color. Its mastery requires an interdisciplinary educational approach encompassing physics, chemistry, physiology, statistics, computer science, and psychology. Color science is used in the design and control of most man-made colored materials including textiles, coatings, and polymers and to specify such diverse materials as soil and wine. It is used extensively in color reproduction including digital photography, desktop and projection display, and printing. As we begin the 21st century, color science is ubiquitous. Color science research at RIT encompasses such diverse fields as medical data visualization, computer graphics and animation, art conservation, spectral and spatial measurements of materials, color printing, digital photography, motion picture and television, and modeling of our perceptions for use in defining color quality. RIT has a long history of scholarship in color science. The program is designed for students whose undergraduate majors are in physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering, experimental psychology, imaging, or any applied discipline pertaining to the quantitative description of color, for example, textiles, graphic arts, animation, material science, and polymer science. All students must earn 99 credits as a graduate student. For full-time students, the program requires three or more years of study at the graduate level for students entering the program with a baccalaureate... [-]

PhD in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA Rochester

RIT’s doctorate program in astrophysical sciences and technology focuses on the underlying physics of phenomena beyond the earth, and in the development of the technologies, instruments, data analysis, and modeling techniques that will enable the next major strides in the field. [+]

PhD in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology

 

There has never been a more exciting time to study the universe beyond the confines of the earth. A new generation of advanced ground-based and space-borne telescopes and enormous increases in computing power are enabling a golden age of astrophysics. RIT’s doctorate program in astrophysical sciences and technology focuses on the underlying physics of phenomena beyond the earth, and in the development of the technologies, instruments, data analysis, and modeling techniques that will enable the next major strides in the field. The multidisciplinary emphasis of this program sets it apart from conventional astrophysics graduate programs at traditional research universities.... [-]


PhD in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program endeavors to cultivate in its graduate students both intellectual rigor and sympathetic imaginative faculties for entering fruitfully into a multiplicity of world views, historical eras, and cultural sensibilities. [+]

Doctors of Philosophy in Natural Sciences in North America 2017. The PCC program has been designed to help shape the intellectual, moral, and spiritual leadership necessary for meeting historic global challenges. Drawing upon some of the most powerful ideas and impulses of our philosophical, scientific, and religious traditions, the faculty has constructed an intensive multidisciplinary course of study to help accelerate students' journeys into their particular leadership roles within this work. Students may earn either their MA or PhD, with a track in Integral Ecology, if they choose (see below for more on the Integral Ecology track). Both the MA and the PhD programs strive to embrace the degree goals throughout the curriculum, and should be understood in the context of an overarching commitment to the cultivation of creative vitality and spiritual insight. PhD Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program endeavors to cultivate in its graduate students both intellectual rigor and sympathetic imaginative faculties for entering fruitfully into a multiplicity of world views, historical eras, and cultural sensibilities. By understanding transformative historical and contemporary ideas, students develop the ability to discern vibrantly creative possibilities for bringing about life-enhancing futures. The PCC PhD program encompasses all the PCC MA goals, requiring greater sophistication and nuance in scholarly work from PhD students, and adds two additional goals for PhD students. Goal 1: Global Change Agents To generate creative and effective thinking about the unprecedented evolutionary challenge of the ecological, cultural, and spiritual crisis that is currently... [-]

PhD In Nanotechnology (dnt)

Tecnológico de Monterrey
Campus Full time 8 semesters July 2017 Mexico Monterrey Mexico State + 1 more

The PhD program in Nanotechnology is designed for candidates with proven academic ability, creativity, motivation and potential to conduct research that might be displayed in original works that contribute to enrich the field of nanotechnology. [+]

Target Form independent researchers with skills, knowledge and skills to identify opportunities, develop and conduct original research projects at the frontier of knowledge. Disseminate the results of such research, and apply the knowledge generated in the technological development of the country. It is recognized as a program of high impact nanotechnology in the scientific, productive, educational and academic and social sectors of the country. Addressed to The Programme PhD in Nanotechnology It is designed for candidates with proven academic ability, creativity, motivation and potential to conduct research that might be displayed in original works that contribute to enrich the field of nanotechnology. In the case of DNT, it has an adequate mechanism for selecting applicants who considered the relevant aspects to identify the academic profile, as the research necessary for outstanding performance. The candidate for a Doctorate must have excellent academic background, and have vocation researcher in any field of knowledge that promotes the doctoral program. The admissions process is designed to ensure this, emphasizing the need for the skills and potential for research. During the admission process financial support needed by the student and the research topic is reviewed. All of the above in order to increase the chances of student success and the research. advantage Teachers Program taught by teachers with doctorate degree and professional experience of the School of Engineering and Sciences ITESM. Accreditations This program has accreditations and recognitions from national and international institutions such as: Program accredited by the National Register of Quality Graduate (PNPC)... [-]

PhD in Materials Science at Montana State University

American Consortium of Universities (INTERLINK)
Campus September 2017 USA Louisville

The Montana University System announces an exciting new collaborative program offering Montana’s first Ph.D. in Materials Science. The program includes the departments, faculty, courses and research infrastructure of the campuses of the University of Montana, Montana State University and Montana Tech. [+]

Doctors of Philosophy in Natural Sciences in North America 2017. The Montana University System announces an exciting new collaborative program offering Montana’s first Ph.D. in Materials Science. The program includes the departments, faculty, courses and research infrastructure of the campuses of the University of Montana, Montana State University and Montana Tech. Research specialties are focused in four areas: Biomaterials Electronic, photonic and magnetic materials Materials for energy storage, conversion and conservation Materials synthesis, processing and fabrication The curriculum integrates a broad range of physical science and engineering disciplines with an even broader range of applications, from health and medicine to nanotechnology to energy, environment and natural resources. Application Deadlines Review of applications begins in January and continues until all slots are full. Priority is given to early applicants. Required Tests The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the Materials Science Program. Theses scores must be received directly from ETS. The institution code for Montana State University is 4488. International Applicants English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived. Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived... [-]

PhD in Chemistry

Binghamton University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Binghamton

The PhD is awarded primarily for an original investigation which results in a significant advance in knowledge within an area of chemistry. A firm grasp of the fundamental principles, experimental techniques and current theories of chemistry is also required... [+]

PhD in Chemistry Binghamton University's graduate program in chemistry offers the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in chemistry for students who are innovative, competitive and highly motivated in the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as other relevant interdisciplinary subjects. By the end of the first year, each student is paired with a faculty advisor based on research interests and availability. Our department advisors provide guidance for students throughout their academic career, from course selection to research development. Our students are regularly recognized for exceptional academic achievement and research efforts through various awards and scholarships. Other funding opportunities such as teaching assistantships, research assistantships and stipends are also available. Doctor of Philosophy The PhD is awarded primarily for an original investigation which results in a significant advance in knowledge within an area of chemistry. A firm grasp of the fundamental principles, experimental techniques and current theories of chemistry is also required, and an extensive series of courses and seminars helps keep the student abreast of the latest developments in many fields. Students must demonstrate a breadth of understanding over the many areas of chemistry, a perspective of the relation of chemistry to other fields and expertise in the area chosen for dissertation research. We expect most students to complete their PhD programs in four years. Proficiency in a specialized area is established by cumulative examinations (commonly referred to as "cums"), offered 10 times a year in... [-]

PhD in Forestry

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Flagstaff

You’ll be prepared for public or private resource management or a related career in research and education. Our particular focus is on the problems and opportunities associated with the integrated management of forest ecosystems. [+]

Doctors of Philosophy in Natural Sciences in North America 2017. In our PhD program, you’ll be mentored by faculty who share your passion for the environment and who conduct ground-breaking research you can participate in. You’ll be prepared for public or private resource management or a related career in research and education. Our particular focus is on the problems and opportunities associated with the integrated management of forest ecosystems. You’ll benefit from close interaction with practicing professionals and the involved supervision of enthusiastic and dedicated faculty members. You’ll be within twenty miles of forest types ranging from canyon hardwoods and pinyon-juniper to spruce and fir. Our location within the nation’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest provides convenient access to lands managed by: the US Forest Service the Bureau of Land Management the National Park Service Native American tribal organizations To enhance these plans, we maintain well-equipped ecological and computer laboratories, a small full-time staff of research professionals, and our nearby Centennial Forest. Also on campus in Flagstaff is a research unit of the U.S. Forest Service, as well as the Colorado Plateau Research Station, which is a unit of the U.S. Geological Survey. You will be offered three PhD emphasis areas: Ecosystem Science Forest Management Sciences and Economics Forest Social Science What will I do in the program? coursework written and oral exams preparation and defense of a dissertation PhD students are expected to demonstrate: skill in the generation of original ideas considerable command of the literature skill at designing,... [-]

PhD in Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Flagstaff

The interdisciplinary Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Doctoral program will prepare you to be part of a growing industry of leaders, scientists, and engineers addressing issues of climate change, water scarcity, natural resource demand, and environmental sustainability in the Southwest, United States, and the global community. [+]

The interdisciplinary Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Doctoral program will prepare you to be part of a growing industry of leaders, scientists, and engineers addressing issues of climate change, water scarcity, natural resource demand, and environmental sustainability in the Southwest, United States, and the global community. You have a choice of three emphases: Earth and Planetary Systems Climate and Environmental Change Engineering Sustainable Systems Admissions Admissions requirements for this graduate program: Preference is given to students with a graduate degree from an accredited college or university of recognized standing in geology, earth sciences, environmental sciences, environmental policy & sustainability, engineering, ecology, forestry, planetary sciences or a closely related field. Minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is a 4.0 = A) GRE General Test Emphases Our program will reach across the applied and basic sciences and environmental policy and engineering solutions by focusing on three emphases, outlined below. Earth and Planetary Systems This emphasis will prepare you to pursue research and educational opportunities that: 1) Advance knowledge in the critical areas for society of energy, natural resources and water, and natural hazards, 2) continue the cutting edge research currently being done on the Earth and Planets, and 3) apply this knowledge in areas that bridge between the geosciences and physics, chemistry, engineering, and biology. The focus area in Earth and Planetary Systems will train and educate future leaders in areas of industry with growing demands (e.g., natural resources and energy), and in government agencies that require PhD-level researchers to inform... [-]

PhD in Astronomy

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Flagstaff

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University (NAU) will launch a new PhD program in Astronomy and Planetary Science in the Fall of 2016. The Department is now recruiting new faculty members and PhD students. [+]

Doctors of Philosophy in Natural Sciences in North America 2017. The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University (NAU) will launch a new PhD program in Astronomy and Planetary Science in the Fall of 2016. The Department is now recruiting new faculty members and PhD students. Current and Future Faculty Expertise Current faculty members use ground-based and space-based telescopes to study small bodies in the Solar System and the formation and evolution of other planetary systems; spacecraft imagery to study planetary surfaces; and a state-of-the-art laboratory to study astrophysical ice analogs. NAU faculty members have close research collaborations with scientists at local institutions including Lowell Observatory, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Astrogeology Science Center, and the United States Naval Observatory. In the next few years, the Department will hire tenure-track faculty members with expertise in exoplanet science, astro-chemistry, astro-informatics, astronomical instrumentation, and observational astronomy specializing in Solar System objects, exoplanets, or related topics. Superb Access To Large Telescopes Faculty members and their PhD students have full competitive access to facilities run by the University of Arizona including the 2 x 8.4-meter Large Binocular Telescope, 6.5-meter Magellan Telescopes, 6.5-meter MMT telescope, 2.3-meter Bok telescope 1.8-meter Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope, and the 1.5-meter Kuiper Telescope. NAU researches have access to the 4.3-meter Discovery Channel Telescope, 1.8 Perkins telescope, and 0.8-meter NURO telescope through partnerships with Lowell Observatory. Faculty and students also have access to the 0.5-meter Lutz telescope on the NAU campus. Curriculum PhD students in the program will... [-]

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mathematical Sciences

College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Burlington

The Department offers programs towards the Master of Science, Master of Science in Teaching, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences. There are two areas of concentration: pure mathematics and applied mathematics. The programs emphasize the interaction between these two areas and the common role of scientific computation. Students can take courses common to both areas, enabling them to gain an... [+]

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mathematical Sciences The Department offers programs towards the Master of Science, Master of Science in Teaching, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences. There are two areas of concentration: pure mathematics and applied mathematics. The programs emphasize the interaction between these two areas and the common role of scientific computation. Students can take courses common to both areas, enabling them to gain an appreciation of the mathematical techniques and the connections between theory and applications. Department research interests include classical analysis, harmonic analysis, Fourier analysis, approximation theory, algebra, number theory, graph theory, combinatorics, fluid mechanics, biomathematics, differential equations, numerical analysis, and modeling. Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy Because of the breadth of pure and applied mathematics, it is recognized that applicants for admission will have diverse backgrounds. Admission requirements are therefore flexible. Applicants should have demonstrated strength in either pure or applied mathematics, a bachelor's degree with a major in mathematics or a closely related discipline, and satisfactory scores on the general Graduate Record Examination. Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy Successful completion of three qualifying examinations, two written and one oral, in one of the areas of concentration. Minimum Degree Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy Each student must complete the three qualifying exams and an approved plan of study including at least 75 credit hours in course work or dissertation research. The student is required to... [-]

PhD in Earth and Ecosystem Science

Central Michigan University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Mount Pleasant

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. [+]

Doctors of Philosophy in Natural Sciences in North America 2017. 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 Students taking water samples in Saginaw Bayresearch-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... [-]

Ph.D. Engineering - Concentration in Nanoscale Systems

Louisiana Tech University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Ruston

Required General Core Courses. Take all of the following: (9 SCH) - MATH 574 Numerical Solutions of PDE [+]

Required General Core Courses Take all of the following: (9 SCH) - MATH 574 Numerical Solutions of PDE - ENGR 641 Formulation of Solutions to Engineering Problems - STAT 620 Theory of Probability Micro/Nanotechnology Core Courses Take the first two and choose two from the remaining three: (12 SCH) - MSE 501 Fundamentals of Microfabrication Processes - MSE 502 Microsystems Principles - MSE 504 Advanced Materials for Micro/Nano Devices & Systems - MSE 505 Nanotechnology Principles - MSE 512 Biotechnology Principles Qualifiying Examinations - ENGR 685 Doctoral Qualifying Examination - ENGR 686 Oral Comprehensive Examination Doctoral Seminar: 3 SCH All students are automatically enrolled in the Doctoral Seminar course (ENGR 610) each Fall quarter. 3 SCH of the seminar may be counted towards the degree. Independent Study and Special Topics (±12 SCH total) Students may enroll in 6 SCH or more of doctoral level special topics courses (ENGR 657) as part of the course work for the degree. Students may enroll in 6 SCH of Doctoral Independent Study (ENGR 650) under the supervision of a faculty member. Independent study can be a preparation for the research leading to the dissertation. Recommended Elective courses Choose four or more of the following to complete to reach 48 SCH of courses: (12+ SCH) - BIEN 557 Special Topics – BioMEMS - BIEN 557 Special Topics – Protein Engineering - CMEN 504 Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics - CMEN 513 Transport Phenomena - CMEN 557 Special Topics - Chemical Microsystems - CMEN 557 Special Topics... [-]

Ph.D. Engineering - Concentration in Physics

Louisiana Tech University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Ruston

General Core Courses. Take all three of the following: Mathematical Methods for Scientists [+]

Doctors of Philosophy in Natural Sciences in North America 2017. General Core Courses Take all three of the following: (9 SCH) - PHYS 510/ENGR 641 Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers (Fall) - STAT 505 Statistics for Engineering and Science (Winter) - MATH 574 Numerical Solutions to PDEs (Spring) Disciplinary (Physics) Core Courses Take all five of the following: (15 SCH) - PHYS 511 Electromagnetic Theory (Spring) - PHYS 512 Solid State Physics (Fall) - PHYS 521/MEEN 571 Theoretical Mechanics (Winter) - PHYS 522: Quantum Mechanics (Spring) - PHYS 533 Statistical Mechanics (Winter) Qualifying Examinations - ENGR 685 Doctoral Qualifying Examination - ENGR 686 Oral Comprehensive Examination Doctoral Seminar: 3 SCH All students are automatically enrolled in the Doctoral Seminar course (ENGR 610) each Fall quarter. 3 SCH of the seminar may be counted towards the degree. Recommended Elective courses (Students can take up to two Doctoral level Special Topics courses - either PHYS 557 or ENGR 657 - as part of the elective course work for the degree, for a total of 6 SCH.) Choose seven of the following: (21 SCH) - BIEN 557 Special Topics – BioMEMS - BIEN 557 Special Topics – Protein Engineering - CHEM 502 Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry – Principles of Polymers - CHEM 523 Nanofabrication by Self-Assembly - ENGR 566 Quality in Engineering - ENGR 592 Engineering Computational Methods - ELEN 533 Optoelectronics - ELEN 535 Advanced Topics in Microelectronics - MATH 655 Mathematical Modeling - MEEN 549 Computational Fluid Dynamics -... [-]