The Environmenal Graduate Group focuses on understanding the Earth as an integrated system that includes the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere in order to address the environmental consequences and develop sustainable solutions to providing food, energy and other basic services to the Earth’s ever-growing population. Recognizing that solutions to local, regional and global environmental problems cross traditional academic departments, domain knowledge is complemented by an interdisciplinary shared curriculum that provides a foundation in the fundamental ideas and methods of the earth, environmental and social sciences. Environmental Systems faculty, staff and students are dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and service and strive to develop an atmosphere of transparency, inclusiveness, rigor, integrity and environmental awareness.
Through understanding the Earth as an integrated system of atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere that intersects human society, ES students are uniquely poised to address critical research needs of the environment and its sustainability. Graduates are prepared for careers in academia, research, government, and industry that integrate expertise from across engineering, natural sciences and social sciences.