PhD in Energy and Environmental Systems

Wherever you are, energy has an implication. This program is for students who want to engage with different types of settings to research and establish the energy, environmental and technological implications that exist within them. Energy and Environmental Technology students care for the environment as a sustainable system and ultimately have a desire to improve conditions for the wider population.  Subject areas of the studies include energy production technologies, renewable energy solutions, the environmental impact of energy production and emission control, process and mechanical engineering as well as energy and automation technology. An environmental scientist, consultant, or program manager is a scientist who is usually employed by a government department or consulting firm to a conduct research on environmental issues. Environmental scientists usually work normal business hours. Extended hours in the laboratory may be required, as well as traveling for field research or conferences. The working environment for an environmental scientist is usually a laboratory setting in a private consulting firm or government building. Entry-level workers typically do more field work than senior workers.


Energy and Environment Manager
Energy and Utilities Manager
Energy Efficiency Manager
Sustainability and ENERGY Engineer

Earning Potential

An Environmental Scientist earns an average salary of $97,000 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. 
Salary Range:  $68,000 to $124,000


Keith Schimmel, Chair
Energy & Environmental Systems Department
College of Arts & Sciences
Gibbs Hall, Room 301
(336) 285-2329