The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) was founded in 1972, with the goal of addressing the complex issues that face society today. To holistically address these issues, particularly in the environment, SPEA emphasizes the integration of environmental science and public policy. Graduate students in SPEA work closely with their advisors on both basic and applied research projects funded by a host of public and private entities. Graduate students in SPEA gain interdisciplinary training in water resources science, planning, and management. Graduates from SPEA programs are now employed in prominent academic, government agency, and private industry positions.

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Department of Biology (College of Arts and Sciences)

The Biology graduate program offers opportunities for cutting edge research training related to water resources, particularly through evolutionary biology, ecology/population biology, and behavior/physiology. Graduate students have the opportunity to become superb researchers in their chosen area of specialization, learning how to plan and critically analyze scientific research, give seminars, write high-quality research papers, and get grants funded. The degree program is designed to allow maximum intellectual development and training for a multitude of futures, from university-level research and teaching, to the biotechnology industry, to nonprofit environmental work.

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IPE Joint Degrees (SPEA / College of Arts and Sciences)

The Integrated Program in the Environment serves as the program office for the B.A. and minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and the B.S. and minor in Environmental Science. These joint degrees are offered through a partnership between the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Department of Geography (College of Arts and Sciences)

The Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU was established in 1946 with the goal to be a national and international center of excellence in research and instruction within key subfields of geography. Specifically, we specialize in:

  • Climate, Land, and Environmental Change
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
  • Globalization, Development and Justice
  • Water Resources

The Department of Geography particularly offers an opportunity for graduate students to gain expertise in GIS and Remote Sensing applications to Water Resources.

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