Department of Environmental Sciences Tennessee Technological University

Department of Environmental Sciences Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, TN
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July 1
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5 Degrees Offered
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College of Graduate Studies offers an Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Degree Program

Students can earn their Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences degree, focusing on biology or chemistry, in more ways than just a 'traditional' academic program would provide. At Tennessee Tech, the interdisciplinary faculty members work with graduate students to develop the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to handle critical, real-world issues and to educate future generations.

Environmental Sciences at Tennessee Tech

The Tennessee Tech Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences degree program addresses challenging issues regarding the environment and its impact on society and culture. While there are two concentrations of study -- biology and chemistry -- coursework also includes agriculture, geology, and sociology. The program mission is to advance scholarship and research while promoting leadership to effectively address environmental situations by examining multiple perspectives. Students will learn how to integrate their experiences into strategies that effectively protect both human health and wildlife habitat, and also undo consequences of past neglect of natural resources. The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in research, management, government service, teaching, and other areas where they will productively contribute to the solution of environmental problems. TTU's campus is in a prime location for field experiences. Tennessee Tech is located in Middle Tennessee on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau in Cookeville. The surrounding region is acclaimed for its variety of environments, including complex river systems, waterfalls and caves, dense woodland, and man-made engineered facilities including dam/lock systems and lakes. The region is also home to a variety of endangered and threatened species. By combining the learning that will take place in the classroom and in the field, TTU can offer a unique range of experiences and perspectives to students.


The graduate program's distinguished faculty members bring their experiences and knowledge from around the world to provide mentorship and opportunities, combining information and practice. A listing of faculty members is available at

Graduate Assistantships

Teaching assistants: A limited number of teaching assistantships may be available. These include paid tuition and fees, along with a monthly stipend in return for work teaching undergraduates. Teaching assistants' responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting faculty members with grading, teaching labs, and providing help sessions for students. Research assistants: A limited number of research assistantships may be available, contingent upon funding. Research assistants are expected to conduct specific research as directed by the funding grant and supervising faculty members.

How to Get Started

Individuals interested in the environmental sciences Ph.D. degree program can obtain additional information at the program's website or by visiting the following webpage: 

Location & Contact

Department of Environmental Sciences

Tennessee Technological University

North Dixie Avenue
Cookeville, TN 38505
United States

Dr. Hayden Mattingly

Interim Director

Phone: 931-372-6246

Mrs. Shelia Kendrick

Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Phone: 931-372-3808
Fax: 931-372-3497

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Geosciences Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Geosciences ]
    • Integrated Research Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Agriculture Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Agricultural Sciences ]
    • Biology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Biological and Biomedical Sciences]
    • Chemistry Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [Chemistry ]
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 2
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required and Thesis Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


30% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 10
    • Accepted 3
    • Acceptance Rate 30
    • Enrolled 2
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $35
    • Application Fee - International $40
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 1st May 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st October 2nd Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL (minimum score 527 paper-based; 71 iBT), IELTS (minimum score 5.5), PTE (minimum score 48), or TOEIC (Test of English as an International Communication)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 1
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students17
    • Female Percentage29%
    • Male Percentage71%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students17
    • Part-time Percentage88%
    • Full-time Percentage12%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian65%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races5%
    • Unknown or International Student24%



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