The Environmental Science option, jointly administered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is aimed at excellence in research and graduate education in the science and engineering of:
- Earth surface and subsurface system dynamics involving the intersection of engineering and geological timescales;
- natural and human-induced environmental hazards and associated risk management; and
- management and restoration of environmental systems involving coupled physical, chemical and biological elements.
These areas intersect critical national research priorities, with the recognition that environmental problems of the 21st century will increasingly require vital perspective on how Earth’s physical and geochemical templates simultaneously sustain and threaten life, and influence human interactions with Earth.