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Introduction

The College of Science is the home of the University's first doctoral degree program, the Doctor of Geological Sciences, which was approved in 1974. In 1991, the designation of the degree was changed to PhD in Geological Sciences. The College now offers the PhD in Biological Sciences and also participates in two multidisciplinary PhD programs. The Departments of Chemistry and Physics are participants in a program leading to the PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering and the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, and Physics are participants in a program leading to the PhD degree in Environmental Science and Engineering. Information about admission to these programs and degree requirements is found in the Interdisciplinary Programs section of this catalog.

Doctor of Philosophy in Pathobiology

The educational objective of the doctoral program in Pathobiology is to prepare students for research on the pressing pathobiological problems of the region, with an emphasis on the pathogenesis of infectious diseases, the toxic and carcinogenic effects of environmental pollutants, and neurological and metabolic disorders.

Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 

Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science and Engineering

The PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary doctoral program coordinated by the Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERM) to prepare scientists and engineers to address the environmental issues facing this region, the nation, and the world. The program emphasizes a cross-disciplinary perspective to the understanding, management, and remediation of human impacts on the environment, with a particular focus on problems of the Southwest Border region. For information regarding admission and degree requirements, students should refer to the Interdisciplinary Programs section.

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry 

The doctoral program in chemistry embraces a variety of advanced disciplines, which is a natural outcome of our research faculty’s expertise. These areas include physical, computational, inorganic, organic, biochemistry, and environmental and materials chemistry. Through the adept leadership of the President of the University of Texas at El Paso and the dedication of the Chair of Chemistry, a new building for the Department of Chemistry was completed at the time the new Ph.D. in Chemistry program began. This was fortunate and because of the good timing, the new building has had a very positive effect on increasing the quality of the Ph.D. program, the quality of the facilities, and the quality of new professors that can be attracted to the department. Facilities that support Ph.D. research now include state of the art NMRs, LC-MS, EPR, GFAAS, BET, MALDI-TOF MS, TEM, SEM, SPR, HPLC, Confocal microscopy, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, XRF, FTIR. UV-Vis, light scattering particle analyzer, high powered computing for modeling, AFM, and Raman IR and many others.

Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Science 

The doctoral program in computational science combines Computer Science, Applied and Computational Mathematics, and Science and Engineering disciplines. CPS is an interdisciplinary program, crossing departmental and college boundaries, that yields an integrated knowledge base for the effective solution of complex systems in which computer usage plays a fundamental role. A CPS student is to acquire an integrated understanding of techniques such as mathematical modeling, algorithmic design, computer simulation, scientific visualization, statistical processing of large data sets, and high-performance computing on parallel and distributed systems.

Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering

The PhD in Materials Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary doctoral program coordinated by the Materials Research and Technology Institute (MRTI) to prepare scientists and engineers to address the rapidly expanding opportunities and problems created by emerging materials-related industries. The program emphasizes a cross-disciplinary perspective of this vital field with a range of skills linking materials, structure, properties, synthesis and processing, and performance. For information regarding admission and degree requirements, students should refer to the Interdisciplinary Programs section.

Master’s Degrees

The College of Science offers 11 graduate degrees at the master’s level. These include Master of Science (MS) degrees in Bioinformatics, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computational Science, Environmental Science, Geological Sciences, Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics. Five-year BS-MS programs are offered in Chemistry and Physics. The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with a major in Mathematics and the Office of the Dean houses a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with a major in Science. For information regarding admission and degree requirements for these degrees, students should refer to the individual department sections. 

DEAN: Dr. Robert Kirken
ASSOCIATE DEAN: Dr. Kristin Gosselink
ASSOCIATE DEAN: Dr. Nancy Marcus
ASSOCIATE DEAN: Dr. Michael Kenney

Professors

Robert Kirken 
Contact Information: rkirken@utep.edu; 915-747-6886 
Education: BA, Olivet College; Ph D, Wright State University; Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute

Nancy Marcus 
Contact Information: nancymarcus@utep.edu; 915-747-6750 
Education: BS, Texas Western College; MS, University of Texas at El Paso; Ph D, New Mexico State University (NMSU)

Michael Kenney   
Contact Information: mjkenney@utep.edu; 915-747-5000
Education: PhD, Michigan State University

Associate Professors

Kristin Gosselink 
Contact Information: kgosselink@utep.edu; 915-747-6877 
Education: BA, Luther College; MS, University of California at Los Angeles; Ph D, University of California at Los Angeles; Postdoc, Salk Institute 
Research Interests: Depression, addiction, diabetes, cognitive decline, neurodegeneration, stroke, prostate cancer, sex and age differences