5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Admission Information
Financial Assistance | Graduate Academic Regulations
Requirements for Specific Graduate Degrees | Departments and Programs | Faculty

Non-Departmental | Anthropology | Art | Asian and Middle Eastern | Asian Studies | Astronomy
Biochemistry | Biology | Biological and Physical Sciences | Biophysics | Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell Biology | Chemistry | Classics | Commerce | Drama | Economics | English | Environmental Sciences
French | German | Government and Foreign Affairs | Health Evaluation Sciences | History | Linguistics
Mathematics | Microbiology | Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics | Music | Neuroscience
Pharmacology | Philosophy | Physics | Psychology | Religious Studies | Russian and East European Studies
Slavic | Sociology | Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese | Statistics | Surgery

Department of Environmental Sciences
Course Descriptions | Departmental Degree Requirements

Departmental Degree Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the general University requirements for graduate degrees, all graduate students must take a 500-level course in each of the core areas of the department: atmospheric sciences, ecology, geosciences, and hydrology. A candidate for an advanced degree must present and publicly defend to his or her committee a thesis or dissertation proposal. In addition, for the Doctor of Philosophy a candidate must pass a comprehensive examination within four semesters of residency and must also take one advanced course in a core area outside his or her research specialty.

The specific course requirements for graduation are established by a studentís individual committee depending on the research requirements. The department has no uniform foreign language requirement; however, an individual student may be required by his or her thesis or dissertation committee to demonstrate competence in a foreign language.

Research Programs   Active research programs emphasizing basic science exist within each of the core areas of the department: ecology, geosciences, atmospheric sciences, and hydrology. In addition, a number of current research efforts aim toward an integration of many or all of the core disciplines in order to address complex environmental questions from a comprehensive viewpoint. Further details on current research projects and research interests of individual faculty are available from the department on request.

Facilities   The Department of Environmental Sciences is located in Clark Hall, along with the Science and Engineering Library, on the central Grounds of the University. Additional laboratory space is located in Halsey Hall (adjacent). Departmental facilities include field vehicles, boats, aerial photographic interpretation equipment, machine and electronics shops, environmental chambers, analytical chemistry laboratories, mass-spectrometer facility, greenhouse and insectary facilities, computers, workstations, a complete weather communications package which includes Unidata/PC-McIdes DIFAX, Domestic Data Plus, International Data, and NOAA Weather Wire. The department has a geographic information system (GIS) laboratory equipped with several Sun workstations running ERDAS and ARCINFO software. Appropriate color output devices are available there. A computational hydrology laboratory includes an IBM RS/6000, Sun SPARC station, several X-terminals, and color and laser printers. Departmental field facilities include several instrumented watersheds in and adjacent to the Shenandoah National Park, in the coastal plain, and on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The department operates a research facility (Pace-Steger Estate) near the University that includes hydrological and meteorological monitoring equipment.

The department also operates the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research (VCR/LTER) site under funding provided by the National Science Foundation. This site is one of 18 which provide an international focus on ecosystem properties. The VCR/LTERís primary focus is in spatial and temporal variation in a barrier island-lagoon complex that leads to changes in ecosystem states.

Blandy Farm   The Blandy Experimental Farm of the University of Virginia provides residential, greenhouse, laboratory, and field facilities for student and faculty research. It is particularly well-suited for manipulative field experiments in agricultural, old field, and forest environments.

Moore Lectures   The department presents a University-wide series of lectures annually under the sponsorship of Mr. Fred H. Moore, an alumnus of the University. These are delivered by nationally known authorities on broad areas of environmental concern to society.


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