About

environmental systems
M.S. | PH.D.


Environmental Systems (ES) Graduate Studies provides students with knowledge and skills to tackle the most challenging problems facing our planet – water, soil, climate, energy and resources. Through understanding the earth as an integrated system of atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere that intersects human society,esstudents are uniquely poised to address critical research needs of the environment and its sustainability. Graduates are prepared for careers in academia, research, government and industry that integrate expertise from across engineering, natural sciences and social sciences.

research areas


  • Water Resources and Climate
  • Environmental and Ecological Engineering 
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Biogeochemistry and Environmental Chemistry
  • Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Conservation and Resource Management

environmental systems at uc merced

Through understanding the Earth as an integrated system of atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere that intersects human society, ES students are uniquely poised to address critical research needs of the environment and its sustainability. Graduates are prepared for careers in academia, research, government, and industry that integrate expertise from across engineering, natural sciences and social sciences.

FUNDING SUPPORT


Each doctoral student receives a stipend of $24,000 (includes tuition, fees and health insurance) per year. Students in good standing are eligible for year-round financial support, including payment of fees and tuition. Students are typically supported by teaching and research assistantships, which can be supplemented by fellowships, awards and other forms of financial assistance.

GRADUATE STUDIES | ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS