Graduate Studies

Environmental Science: Large River Ecosystems (PhD)


The Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission have granted approval to Western Illinois University to establish a Ph.D. program in environmental science. The new degree program, which focuses on large river ecosystem, will be available at the WIU-Quad Cities Campus.

Our Faculty

A multidisciplinary committee of WIU faculty members developed the proposal for the new program. They are affiliated with geography, biological sciences, mathematics and the WIU College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office. The committee was assisted by a number of organization representatives, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and River Action.

Other Information

Students must complete at least 60 semester hours beyond the master's degree in the following areas:

Core Courses: 11 s.h.

ENVR 730 Environmental Systems (4 s.h.)
ENVR 740 Advanced Analytic Tools in Environmental Science (4 s.h.)
ENVR 750 Integrated Environmental Decision Making (3 s.h.)

Electives: at least 9 s.h.

The selection of elective courses will be made by the student in consultation with his/her major adviser.  Elective courses must be taken at the 500, 600 or 700 levels.

Dissertation/Research: 40 s.h.

ENVR 798 Dissertation Research (0-10 s.h., repeatable)
ENVR 799 Dissertation (3 s.h.)

More information about this program can be found on the Institute for Environmental Studies website.


Quick View

Degrees Available:

  • Ph.D.


  • Quad Cities

Required GPA:

  • Cumulative: 3.0
  • Last 2 years: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of Research Interest
  • GRE
  • Curriculum Vitae

Interesting Facts: Fall 2023

  • Currently enrolled: 5
  • International: 2
  • Minority: 0
  • Students with Assistantships: 2

Department Contact Information:

Tillman Hall 301