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Graduate Programs

Graduate Degree Programs

Ecological Sciences and Engineering Graduate Program

The Ecological Sciences & Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (ESE-IGP) provides students with educational and research experiences that integrate engineering and science concepts to solve major environmental problems using an ecological approach. Here, “science” is defined 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, Purdue’s discipline departments provide the foundation while the new graduate program promotes complementary integrating themes.

Global Traineeship in Sustainable Electronics

This Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) award established a new integrative model for graduate research and education to enable meaningful and measurable improvements in the global sustainability of electronic products. Through a partnership between Purdue University and Tuskegee University the Sustainable Electronics-IGERT is carried out in close collaboration with the global electronics industry and academic partners. The program focuses on establishing the scientific foundation for a new model of consumption for electronics that avoids the traditional design-manufacture-use-dispose approach: faculty and student expertise from business, social sciences, and materials, product, and process engineering come together to re-envision the electronics consumption paradigm, while maintaining a focus on simultaneously benefiting people, planet, and profit.

Environmental Policy Graduate Certificate

This graduate certificate offers an interdisciplinary credential in environmental policy to students who are pursuing a Masters or Doctoral degree on the West Lafayette campus. Professionals and researchers working on environmental challenges often must work closely with policymakers or the policy process. Various public and private employers are often looking for scientists and researchers with some familiarity with the policymaking process. In response, many students working on these issues may be interested in a series of courses to give them a basic understanding of the environmental policy process as part of their graduate study. This certificate seeks to meet this need by giving each student some knowledge of the context, content and methods required for meaningful policy analysis in the area of environmental policy. 

Toxicology Graduate Program

Graduate students in toxicology come from a variety of chemical and life science undergraduate backgrounds. The graduate program is designed to prepare students for positions in academia, government, and industry (for-profit and nonprofit) at the masters or doctoral level. Courses are selected in accordance with the research needs and career goals of the individual graduate student. These can be considered in three general areas, basic core courses, courses in toxicology, and those related to the area of research.