Prospective Students

Program Highlights

ESGP offers considerable flexibility, enabling students, their advisors, and committee members to come up with a unique Program of Study. ESGP students enjoy:

  • Access to Ohio State's globally recognized research centers
  • Opportunities for research training and mentorship from over 100 faculty in 8 different colleges
  • M.S. and Ph.D. Degree Plans that are tailored to the interests of the students
  • Interdisciplinary Course Offerings that intergrate the Biological, Physical, and Social Sciences
  • Four Specialization Tracks: General Study, Agroecosystems, Water Issues, and Climate Change
  • Funding through University Fellowships and Graduate Teaching, Research, and Administrative Associate positions

If you are interested in applying to the ESGP, please see our pages on Admissions Requirements and Application Instructions.

ESGP Research Areas

ESGP offers a wide range of research program areas through the supervision of our interdisciplinary faculty. In addition, ESGP collaborates with many environmental science centers on campus. Listed below are some of the research areas available for student degree concentration. You can check out our faculty pages for more information on each individual’s expertise.

Agroecosystems  Environmental Law and Policy Risk Assessment
 Air Quality Environmental Molecular Biology Rural and Urban Land Use
 Aquatic Ecology Environmental Remediation Soil Health
 Biodiversity Fisheries and Aquaculture Spatial Analysis
 Carbon Sequestration Food Production and Security Wastewater Management
 Climate Change Forest Ecology Water Resources
 Community Development Geology Water Quality
 Conservation Ecology Human Health and the Environment Wetland Ecology
 Contaminants and Pollutants Hydrology Wildlife Management
 Decision Science Integrated Pest Management 
 Ecological Engineering Mathematical Modelling 
 Ecological Restoration Microbial Ecology 
 Economic Analysis Natural Resource Management 
 Ecosystem Services Nutrient Cycling 
 Environmental Anthropology Organic Matter 
 Environmental Chemistry Physiological Ecology 
 Environmental Communication Population and Community Ecology
 Energy and the Environment Remote Sensing 
 Environmental Justice Resilience 

Program Overview

Program flowchart: students can choose between two degree tracks PhD and four specializations

Please note that choosing a specialization is optional. Students who do not wish to specialize may choose general study.