The primary mission of the Ecological Sciences & Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (ESE-IGP) is to provide students with educational and research experiences that integrate engineering and science concepts to solve major environmental problems using an ecological approach. Here, we define "science" as observation/monitoring of systems and elucidation of processes/phenomena at appropriate scales, while "engineering" is defined as the design of a system--based on scientific understanding--which mitigates a problem of interest. Thus, the discipline departments provide the foundation while the new graduate program promotes complementary integrating themes. This program will also serve as a catalyst to promote collaborative inter-disciplinary environmental and ecological research among Purdue University faculty members.
Students choose a primary theme for their graduate studies. Each theme draws from several core course areas, with flexibility built in allowing the student and their committee to tailor their plan of study in relation to their specific focus area or unique area of research. Students have an office in their affiliated "home" department, normally that of their major faculty advisor. Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin communicating with our faculty early in the process. Review our faculty.