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PhD Earth, Environment and Society

The Earth, Environment and Society doctoral program at Portland State University is a collaborative degree, primarily drawing students from the disciplines of environmental science and management, geography and geology.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: TBA
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: $708 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

Our Earth, Environment and Society doctoral program at Portland State University prepares you for an impactful career as a professional scientist, or launches your continued studies in geology, conservation, geography, GIS, or climate science.

Our students engage in relevant research, while acquiring advanced academic training in a wide variety of environmental issues. Through this doctoral program, you’ll also benefit from our close partnerships with federal and nonprofit environmental partner organizations and have opportunities to connect with other professionals and researchers in the area through conferences, seminars and events.

What can you do?

Employers range from the region’s global companies such as Nike, Intel and Amazon, to influential nonprofit and governmental agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

The knowledge and skills you gain in our program prepare you for work in a variety of fields, including:

  • Climate science
  • Geology
  • Hydrology
  • Forest ecology and vegetation dynamics
  • Biology
  • Marine science
  • Geographic information and spatial data science
  • Meteorology
  • Earth science
  • Zoology

Courses Included

  • Seminar in Physical Geography
  • Science Communication
  • Environmental Data Analysis
  • Field Methods in Human Geography