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Phone: 208-282-7900
Fax: 208-282-7929
1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, ID 83402



Center for Advanced Energy Studies

995 University Boulevard
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
CAES Center for Advanced Energy Studies

Environmental Science

The University of Idaho Environmental Science Program is widely known for producing skilled and accomplished scientists. Many of our graduates are making significant contributions in the areas of environmental protection and sustainability and in other biological, physical and social science-based endeavors. Led by Stephen S. Mulkey, our program is the result of a multidisciplinary effort that spans more than 90 faculty members from all nine colleges at the university, including those who specialize in:

  • Soil science
  • Engineering
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Political science
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Chemistry

Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve your academic and career goals and will help you actualize them with sound advising and one-on-one time that ensures you’re on track and following a course of study that best suits you.

Our master's program includes emphasis areas in:

  • Physical science
  • Natural resource management
  • Ecology
  • Earth science/hydrology
  • Waste management
  • Policy and law
  • Law (concurrent Juris Doctorate/Master of Science degree) environmental health/toxicology

We also offer a master’s degree with an emphasis in water science through our online distance learning program.

Those pursuing a doctorate (Ph.D.) degree may specialize in:

  • Physical science
  • Natural resource management
  • Ecology
  • Earth science/hydrology
  • Waste management
  • Policy and law

Through interactions with peers, classroom discussions and hands-on practical experience – working in and outside of the lab – you’ll develop sharp research, analytical and critical-thinking capabilities. You’ll also gain confidence and proficiency in your ability to collaborate with others to identify, mitigate and eliminate hazards that affect our environment.

You'll form a solid foundation in the sciences, with opportunities for practical experience through research projects and internship opportunities. In addition to being required to take Special Topic Seminars, such as a water quality seminar for those with a physical science emphasis, our thesis and nonthesis programs both require that you conduct research and present your findings.

Dakins, Maxine, Ph.D., Faculty, Environmental Science
phone: (208) 282-7957

Academic Advisors

phone: (208) 282-7900