Brief Description of the Major Field
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in environmental science is a university-wide interdisciplinary program focusing on theoretical and methodological issues in environmental science and management. Graduates of this program are expected to deal competently with contemporary concerns in environmental analysis, planning and management.
The resolution of environmental problems linking together several disciplines and organizing knowledge to have a holistic view of the factors determining environmental conditions in a given time and place. The ability to integrate biophysical, social and cultural information is crucial in analyzing and resolving environmental problems. The programs aims to sharpen the understanding of contemporary environmental issues and problems using analytic techniques, like case analysis, modeling and simulation.
After completing the program, the student is expected to be able to:
a. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the body of knowledge in his/her chosen area of specialization in environmental science.
b. Undertake original and independent research on topics related to his/her area of specialization which would elucidate theories on the resolution of environmental problems;and contribute to the body of knowledge and methodologies in environmental science by undertaking quality scholarly work.
For admission to the program, the student must have a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science or a related discipline from any institution of higher learning recognized and accredited by the UPLB Graduate School. To be considered for admission, the student must have a GPA of 1.75 or better ad meet other requirements prescribed by the UPLB Graduate School.
Requirements and Mechanics to Graduate
A student seeking to qualify for candidacy to the PhD degree must have taken and passed any three (3) of the four (4) foundation courses in UPLB.
In addition the student must pass a qualifying examination to be given by a guidance and advisory committee at a time within the schedule of course work prescribed by the committee. To pass the examination, the student must not receive any negative vote from any member of his/her advisory committee before registering in the second semester of residency.
Consistent with the existing rules of the UPLB Graduate School, courses taken in an MS Degree may not be credited in the PhD degree, the core course which had already been taken in MS EnvSci will have to be substituted by other ENS courses. This is to ensure that the student will fulfill the total units required in the program.
Areas of Specialization
Environmental Security and Management– Provides advance training in policy and research methodologies related to the study of environmental impacts and threats to human and other populations, to communities and groups, and to their life-support eco-systems and how these can be regulated and controlled.
Protected Areas Planning, Development and Management– Provides advance training to develop courses in planning, managing and developing protected natural areas.
Social Theory and Environment– Provides advance training in the analysis of human-resource interactions and how these become the bases for designing environmental resource policies and programs.
MS: ENS 201, ENS 211, ENS 275, ENS 296, ENS 299
PhD: ENS 242, ENS 270, ENS 299 if graduates of MS in Environmental Science. If non-MS in Environmental Science, foundation courses such as ENS 201 plus any other two courses from ENS 211, ENS 275, and ENS 296 are required. Core courses are ENS 242, ENS 270 and ENS 299.
Course No. Title (Units). Description. Type. Prerequesites. (Semester of Offering)
ENS 201. Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics (3). Ecosystem structure, function, energetics, nutrient cycles, population dynamics, ecosystem models. 3 hrs (class). PR. BOT 150 or BIO 150 or COI. (1,2).
ENS 202. Landscape Ecology (3). Principles, theories, research methods and application of landscape ecology in environmental and natural resource management. 3 hrs (class). PR. ENS 201, BIO 150 or COI. (2).
ENS 203. Advanced Aquatic Ecology (3). Recent studies in aquatic environment-organism interactions; adaptive mechanisms; species displacement and extinction; modern approaches in the evaluation of production rates. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1).
ENS 204. Issues in Aquatic Resources Management (3). Problems and issues in the use of aquatic resources with emphasis on the Philippines situation. 3 hrs (class). (2).
ENS 211. Systems Analysis and Quantitative Methods in Natural Resources Management (3). Statistical concepts and data analysis; optimization techniques; stochastic modeling; application of the systems approach to resource-based problems. 3 hrs (class). PR. MGT 211 or COI. (1).
ENS 220. Institution and the Environment (3). Social science approaches to the study of man-environment interactions; analysis of the interrelationships between culture, population, and the natural environment, and human responses to changing habitats. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (2).
ENS 221/SFFG 221. Environmental and Natural Resource Policy Formulation (3). Theories, concepts, and issues in environmental and natural resource policy formulation, case studies with special reference to developing countries. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI.
ENS 230. Industrial Ecology (3). Ecological principles and their applications in the organization and management of industrial systems. 3 hrs (class). PR. ENS 201 or COI. (1).
ENS 242/ECO 275. Economic Valuation of Environmental and Natural Resource System (3). Approaches and techniques for economic measurements and valuation of natural resources and environmental impacts of development. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1,2).
ENS 255/PSY 255. Environmental Psychology (3). Analysis of the confluence of psychological processes and environmental context from a transactional perspective. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (2).
ENS 265/SOC 265. Gender and Environments (3). Theories, research, and issues relevant to the analysis of gender relations in the home and work environments. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1).
ENS 270. Dynamics of Population, Resources and Environment (3). Interactions of human populations with resources and environment in different ecosystems; local, national, and global in scope. 3 hrs (class). PR. HUME 2 or COI. (1).
ENS 275. Contemporary Issues in Environment and Development (3). Environmental issues, concerns and opportunities; environment-economy interactions; environmental administration; sustainable development policies and issues; resource-use conflict and resolution. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI. (1,2).
ENS 290. Special Problems (1-3). May be taken twice provided that total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI.
ENS 291. Special Topics (1-3). May be taken twice provided that total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. PR. COI.
ENS 296. Environmental Impact Assessment: Perspectives from the Natural and Social Sciences (4). Framework and methodology for environmental impact assessment of the biophysical and socioeconomic systems; ecological, social and ethical bases of EIA; risk assessment and management; mitigation of negative impacts and enhancement of positive impacts; case studies. 6 hrs (3 class, 3 lab). PR. COI. (2,S).
ENS 299. Graduate Seminar (1). May be taken twice.
ENS 300. Master’s Thesis (6). (1, 2, S)
ENS 400. Doctoral Dissertation (12). (1, 2, S)
Name of Faculty
|Designation||Major Field/Area of Specialization|
BAGUINON, Nestor T
|Assoc Prof||Forest Biology, Ecology, Soil Science, Silviculture, Statistics|
BALATIBAT, Juancho B.
|Asst Prof||Entomology & Wildlife|
CASTILLO, Manuel L.
|Asst Prof||Silviculture, Social Forestry, Forest Taxonomy- my Floristics, Botany & Horticulture|
GARCIA, Mercedes U.
|Prof Emeritus||Soil Science|
FERNANDO, Edwino S.
|Prof||Molecular Phylogenetics, Plant Taxonomy, Forest Botany, FBS|
LAPITAN, Portia G.
|Prof||Tree Physiology, Biochemistry|
LIT, Ireneo Jr.
|Asst Prof||Forest Entomology/ Systematic Entomology|
MANALO, Mutya Q.
|Assoc Prof||Microbiology, Forest Pathology|
MILITANTE, Ernesto P.
|Assoc Prof||Forest Mycology, Forest Pathology, Forest Resource Mgt, Silviculture|
PAMPOLINA, Nelson M.
|Assoc Prof||Envi Biology,Forest Biology, Mycorrhiza, Biodiversity, Terrestrial Ecology, Silviculture|
RUBIO, Roberto B.
|Assoc Prof||Wildlife Bio&Mgt, Outdoor Recreation, Vertebrate Zoology, Statistics, Applied Zoology|
Key Person: The Dean or Program Coordinator for Instruction
Phone Number: (049) 536-2868 or 3080
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