Doctor of Philosophy Overview

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The problems of environmental science attract students whose interests and backgrounds do not fit neatly into traditional science boundaries such as geology, chemistry, biology, engineering, geography or physics. Our program allows for students to tackle research projects that need to make use of research concepts, approaches and tools from more than one of these fields. We provide access to a broad range of faculty expertise, facilities and courses. Our goal is to foster the interdisciplinary research work that is critical for finding solutions to, or elucidating the root causes of, today’s pressing environmental challenges. We also encourage the inclusion of the social sciences where appropriate. We hope our students learn as much from each other as they do from their courses and research experiences, and we therefore strive to make UTSC a welcoming and interactive place.

Research and teaching are focused on the interfaces between traditional disciplines in dealing with fundamental scientific issues. Faculty members are cross-appointed from several departments including physical sciences, biological sciences, engineering, forestry and social sciences.

Research is clustered into six major concentrations:

  • Climate Change and the Environment
  • Contaminant Flux
  • Environmental Science in Transitional Economies
  • Great Lakes Ecosystems
  • Remediation and Restoration of Degraded Environmental Systems
  • Urban Geoscience