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Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree

  • Complete at least four semesters of full-time academic residence at UC Merced (12 units minimum per semester)
  • For each students with an appropriate master's of science degree: Complete a minimum of 12 units of graded Environmental Systems (ES) courses, including ES 200 (with letter grade B or better)
  • For students without appropriate master's degrees: Complete the coursework requirement for the Environmental Systems master's plus a minimum of 12 units of graded Environmental Systems (ES) courses
  • Enroll in the Environmental Systems seminar (ES 291) twice for credit (S/U)
  • Pass the oral Ph.D. qualifying examination
  • Approval of a written proposal on the proposed dissertation research topic 
  • Give a public oral presentation and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation containing an original contribution to knowledge in the field
 
Upon admission to the Ph.D. program, the student's major professor in consultation with the Admissions Committee will determine whether a prior master's degree fulfills the Environmental Systems coursework requirement. 
 

Environmental Systems Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

The overarching goal of the Environmental Systems program is that its graduates be knowledgeable and professionally competent in one or more areas of environmental systems. The following program learning outcomes are being used to attain this goal:

Ph.D.

Core Knowledge - Graduates will be knowledgeable, skillful and self-directed in the observation and analysis of environmental systems in terms of their capacity to independently identify important research questions, develop experimental plans, analyze data, and formulate conclusions in the context of a doctoral dissertation

Communication Skills - Graduates will be conversant in at least two areas of environmental systems, and be adept at oral, written and visual communication of research results to peers and non-technical decision makers

Ethics, Community, and Life-long Learning - Graduates will understand the importance of research and professional ethics, engagement in the needs of their community and life-long learning 

Career Placement and Advancement - Graduates will find suitable career placement and achieve advancement in government agencies, non-government organizations, private industry, and/or academic teaching and research institutions

M.S.

Core Knowledge - Graduates will be knowledgeable, skillful and self-directed in the observation and analysis of environmental systems in terms of their capacity to design experiments with appropriate controls and conduct original research, with an appropriate level of supervision, in the context of a master's of science thesis

Communication Skills - Graduates will be conversant in at least two areas of environmental systems, and be adept at oral, written and visual communication of research results to peers and non-technical decision makers

Ethics, Community, and Life-long Learning - Graduates will understand the importance of research and professional ethics, engagement in the needs of their community and life-long learning 

Career Placement and Advancement - Graduates will find suitable career placement and achieve advancement in government agencies, non-government organizations, private industry, and/or academic teaching and research institutions

Advancement to candidacy must occur no later than the sixth semester of residence in the Ph.D. program.  For a complete list of requirements, click here.
 
 

Requirements Summary for the Master's of Science Degree (Thesis)

  • Complete at least two semesters of full-time academic residence at UC Merced (12 units minimum per semester)
  • Complete a minimum of 24 units of courses at the upper division and graduate levels, with at least 20 units of graded graduate (200-level) courses in the major subject, including Environmental Systems (ES 200) (with letter grade B or better)
  • Enroll in the Environmental Systems seminar (ES 291) twice for credit (S/U)
  • Give a public oral presentation and successfully defend a master's thesis containing original research

For Advancement To Candidacy

The requirements for advancement to candidacy are:
  • A minimum of one semester of full-time residence (a total of 12 units)
  • Completion of at least 12 units of graded graduate (200-level) courses
Advancement to candidacy must be filed at least one semester before completion of all degree requirements. For a complete list of requirements, click here.
 

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Graduate Division

Admissions: 209-228-4723 or gradadmissions@ucmerced.edu
Funding: 209-228-4405 or gradfunding@ucmerced.edu
General Inquiries: 209-228-4723 or graddiv@ucmerced.edu
 
 

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Graduate Admissions:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
 
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Phone: (209) 228-4622
 
General Inquiries:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Fax: (209) 228-6906
 
Mailing Address:
University of California, Merced
ATTN: Graduate Division
5200 N. Lake Road, SSB 310
Merced, CA 95343

 

 
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