Sustainable freshwater resources provide a foundation for aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, as well as human use and economic development. However, inadequate understanding of aquatic resources and a prevailing inability to properly integrate scientific, technical, and socioeconomic elements continue to seriously hinder the goal of providing sustainable aquatic resources, not only in Texas, but also across the nation and around the world. This doctoral program emphasizes original research and is designed to provide depth and breadth of knowledge in the field of aquatic resources and related disciplines, including management, and policy.
Admission to the Ph.D. Program in Aquatic Resources normally requires an earned master's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, or other areas relevant to the study of aquatic resources. Exceptionally qualified applicants with an earned bachelor's degree can also be considered for admission if they have demonstrated evidence of scholarly research and writing.
Prospective students must contact Doctoral Faculty members to identify an individual willing to serve as their major advisor prior to submitting their application to the graduate program.
For students entering the program with a master's degree, the Ph.D. in Aquatic Resources requires the completion of 20 hours of core courses and 40 hours of elective courses (including a minimum of 15 hours of dissertation credit). For students entering the program with a bachelor's degree, the Ph.D. in Aquatic Resources requires the completion of 27 hours of core courses and 63 hours of elective courses (including a minimum of 15 hours of dissertation credit).
The Department of Biology offers doctoral instructional assistantships, on a competitive basis, to full-time students ($25,000 for 9 months). These assistantships are renewable yearly based upon an annual review of each student's progress and performance.
To ensure full consideration for admission to the program, all required application materials must be submitted no later than January 15 for entry in the following fall semester, or no later than August 15 for entry in the following spring semester. Admission decisions will normally be made within 30 days of application deadlines. Applications received after the posted deadlines may not be considered for financial support until the following academic year.
International applicants please visit the website for international students at The Graduate College for specific admission requirements that may apply.