ESE Student Handbook
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(Updated April 2011)
Reducing our ecological footprint...through innovative discovery, life-cycle thinking, and sustainable management of natural resources. Understanding the dynamic, complex processes that link human activity and ecological systems is essential to improving the way we manage our natural resources and develop solutions to the environmental threats facing the world today. Effective discovery and learning in this area will require collaboration among biological, chemical, computational, physical, health, and social scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. For a detailed look at the program please see our ESE Program Handbook. For a quick overview of the program we provide a two page flyer (pdf).
The Ecological Sciences and Engineering (ESE) Program provides students with an interdisciplinary/interdepartmental educational experience that integrates the science and engineering concepts needed to address grand challenges in environmental sciences.
The program offers a research based thesis Masters, a Doctoral program, and a non-thesis Masters. You can read what are students are saying about their experience in the Spotlight below in the righthand column. Simply refresh your browser to load a different student quote.
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Program ThemesESE offers exciting opportunities for excellent students from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. Engage in cutting edge research with diverse faculty, world-class facilities and resources, and an innovative curriculum that integrates five theme areas:
Earth Systems Interactions
Human Impacts on Biosphere Processes
Sustainable Urban Environments
Graduate studies and life at Purdue UniversityFounded in 1869, Purdue University is a world class institution with a statewide system that includes five campuses and numerous teaching and research sites. We have a great diversity of students on campus. Purdue is ranked often as the #1 or #2 university in the nation for number of international students. The main campus is located in West Lafayette, Indiana (126 miles southeast of Chicago, 65 miles north of Indianapolis) with an enrollment of more than 38,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries. Purdue has a wealth of diversity in its faculty and student body. Learn more about student life and graduate studies at Purdue.
Spotlight"ESE provided me with an opportunity to explore different departments. Coming into the PhD program, I was not 100% sure what I wanted to study. Since I was accepted through ESE instead of a particular department, I was able to sample different labs and areas of research, which became very beneficial to me in selecting a particular area of research for my PhD."
Latest NewsESE Student, Patrick Woodson, traveled to Costa Rica during Maymester to work as a TA for Dr. Lori Snyder's course on training sustainable agricultural practitioners. More...
ESE student, Lindsey Payne, helps 19 local businesses go green as part of the Clear-Blue-Green project!
Note from the Program Head"If we acknowledge the value of protecting and promoting the natural environment, we can inspire lasting changes in attitudes that lead to sustaining our long-term health and the planet on which we depend."
Dr. Linda S. Lee
Helpful LinksMyPurdue Portal
Graduate School Resources
Faculty research interest search engine
Center for the Environment
Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Pre-Environmental Studies B.S.
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