About the program

UTC's Environmental Science Graduate Program provides students with sound scientific training coupled with an understanding of contemporary socioeconomic, political, and legal realities. Students develop oral and written communication skills for assuming leadership roles in a wide variety of interdisciplinary professional settings.


  • To prepare leaders who are scientifically trained in evaluating issues using a holistic (ecosystem) approach and who have strong oral and written communication and advocacy skills needed to promote the practical ecological integrity of the region.
  • To prepare students for professional positions in government, private, non-profit, and academic sectors.
  • To provide a curriculum that incorporates critical thinking and concrete problem-solving exercises dealing with environmental issues in a real world context.
  • To support further graduate study and to prepare students to enter doctoral programs.




For more information about the department and its programs, contact 
Dr. John Tucker,
Professor & Department Head 
Department Phone: (423) 425-4341
Department Fax:   (423) 425-2285

For information about the Environmental Science Graduate program contact
Dr. Jennifer Boyd
Associate Professor & Environmental Science Graduate Program Coordinator
Department Phone: (423) 425-4341
Department Fax:   (423) 425-2285