Environment and Natural Resources Doctor of Philosophy

About us

The PhD in Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) provides high-level research and scholarly training for individuals who wish to pursue independent, original thinking and careers in academia or high-level research. PhD students conduct independent, innovative and scholarly research within the field of environment and natural resources.

Students are expected to make an original contribution to the body of knowledge. They formulate research questions that probe the limits of what is known, identify the major issues involved, and develop a thorough understanding of the relevant theory bases and methodologies, demonstrate creativity in research design, use critical rigor to analyze and discuss their findings, and disseminate their research.

Students have extensive freedom to customize the course selection in their program of study and include interdisciplinary coursework from other university departments. Our faculty members specialize in seven different areas:

  • Ecological Restoration
  • Ecosystem Science
  • Environmental Social Sciences
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Science
  • Forest Science
  • Rural Sociology
  • Soil Science

Students are encouraged to devote a portion of their studies to a graduate minor or an interdisciplinary specialization to enhance their research within ENR.

Graduates of the program pursue careers as leaders in academia, industry, government, policy development or research innovation.

For more information: senr.osu.edu/graduate/doctoral-program-phd

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

International graduates of this major are approved by the Department of Homeland Security for three (3) years of work permission in the United States after graduation. Visit the Office of International Affairs website for more information.