PhD in Environmental Sciences

This program is a doctoral programs offered by the University of Santander.  Traditional elements of this PhD program include the development of a research dissertation in a field of interest in the environmental sciences, the completion and approval of a candidacy examination, and a final oral defense.  Unique to this program are three environmentally oriented courses that provide students with expertise in environmental communication strategies:

  • Communication Strategies
  • Current Issues in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Practical Issues Surrounding Environmental Management

After completing the program, the student is expected to be able to:

a. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the body of knowledge in his/her chosen area of specialization in environmental science.

b. Undertake original and independent research on topics related to his/her area of specialization which would elucidate theories on the resolution of environmental problems;and contribute to the body of knowledge and methodologies in environmental science by undertaking quality scholarly work.

Areas of Specialization

Environmental Security and Management– Provides advance training in policy and research methodologies related to the study of environmental impacts and threats to human and other populations, to communities and groups, and to their life-support eco-systems and how these can be regulated and controlled.

Protected Areas Planning, Development and Management– Provides advance training to develop courses in planning, managing and developing protected natural areas.

Social Theory and Environment– Provides advance training in the analysis of human-resource interactions and how these become the bases for designing environmental resource policies and programs.