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Top Schools with Environmental Science Graduate Programs: List of Schools

Environmental science graduate degree programs teach students advanced physical and biological sciences, and prepare them for careers that integrate understanding of the principles of such diverse topics as geology, geology and chemistry for the purpose of solving large-scale environmental problems. Most programs are interdisciplinary by nature, and students' work and research can directly influence local, state or federal environmental policy.

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1. Columbia University in New York, New York

Columbia University was ranked eighth overall in a U.S. News and World Report 2010 best national colleges survey. The school's environmental science department awards a Ph.D. in Earth and environmental sciences and a master's degree in climate and society. Graduate students pursuing environmental studies have access to the department's research branch, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, as well as several other institutions, which provide research opportunities, resources and archives.

The Ph.D. program is a full time, 5-year program with specializations in 12 areas, including atmospheric science, paleontology and ecophysiology. Graduates are prepared for careers in areas as diverse as government, research, academia and industry. The master's program in climate and society is a 1-year, intensive program that prepares students for careers in environmental policy by focusing on climate variability and its environmental impact.

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  • Address: 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
  • Phone Number: (212) 854-1754

2. State University of New York (SUNY)-College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse

SUNY is the country's largest statewide system of universities, offering hundreds of degree programs at 64 locations in New York. Its Syracuse campus is home to the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, which is known for offering graduate students extensive research opportunities. Students have access to the school's many centers and field stations located around the world as well as on college-managed land in central New York and the Adirondack Park. Additionally, faculty members at SUNY-ESF are involved in a large number of research projects, which engage students of all levels and attracted $14.4 million in outside funding in 2009.

The college offers a diverse range of master's and doctoral programs in seven areas of specialty, including a Master of Professional Studies and a Master of Science in environmental studies. Students in either degree program can choose from such specific areas of concentration as fish and wildlife biology and management, environmental physiology, environmental interpretation and ecology.

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  • Address: 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210
  • Phone Number: (315) 470-6500

School Name Total Student EnrollmentAddressPhone Number
Ohio State University53,715190 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210(614) 292-6446
New York University42,18970 Washington Sq South, New York, NY 10012(212) 998-1212
Brigham Young University 34,244 275 WIDB Provo, UT 40222 (801) 422-0008
Boston University 31,766 One Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215 (617) 353-2000
Harvard University 26,496 Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 495-1000
Columbia University 23,196 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027(212) 854-1754
Oklahoma State University 22,995 107 Whitehurst, Stillwater, OK 74078 (405) 744-9229
Ohio University 21,369 1 Park Place Dr., Athens, OH (740) 593-1000
Cornell University 20,273 200 University Ave., Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 255-2000
Miami University 17,191 500 High St, Oxford, OH 45056 (513) 529-1809
Minnesota State University 14,621 South Rd. and Ellis Ave., Mankato, MN 56001 (507) 389-1866
Baylor Univeristy 14,531 500 Speight Ave., Waco, TX 76798 (254) 710-1011
Duke University 13,060 103 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708 (919) 684-2813
Brown University 8,318 One Prospect St., Providence, RI 02912 (401) 863-1000
Jackson State Universitgy 8,377 1440 J R Lynch St., Jackson, MI 39217 (601) 979-2121
McNeese State University 8,238 4205 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70605 (337) 475-5000
Lehigh University 6,994 27 Memorial Dr. West, Bethlehem, PA 18015 (610) 758-3000
City University of New York 5,944 535 East 80th Street, New York, NY (212) 794-5326
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 2,523 One Forestry Dr., Syracuse, NY 13210 (315) 470-6500
Bard College 2,158 Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504 (845) 758-6822
Goddard College 731 123 Pitkin Rd., Plainfield, VT 05667 (802) 454-8311
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