This is the terminal degree in the profession of forestry, and it prepares you for a career in research and/or education. We offer three concentrations within this doctoral plan-ecosystem science, forest management sciences and economics, and forest social science.
This Doctoral program will prepare you to be part of a growing industry of leaders, scientists, and engineers addressing issues of climate change, water scarcity, natural resource demand, and environmental sustainability in the Southwest, United States, and the global community.
This doctoral degree allows advanced students to pursue their content and research skills while studying under faculty specialists in microbiology, botany, genetics, bioinformatics, human biology, ecology, and zoology. The program is enhanced by advanced research facilities that include the Deaver Herbarium, the Electron Microscope Facility, and the nationally prominent Microbial Genetic and Genomics Center, home to powerful research into anthrax, plague, and other bacterial-disease-causing infections.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering allows advanced students to pursue their academic interests and to develop their research skills while studying with faculty specialists in the broad field of bioengineering. Bioengineering research is highly interdisciplinary and facilitates collaborations among faculty and students from several departments across campus including Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, and Physical Therapy. Students from a wide range of science backgrounds can enter this program. The goal of the program is to educate future leaders in industry and academia in the field of Bioengineering.
The Ph.D. program in Astronomy and Planetary Science prepares a student to work as an academic, government, or industrial research in astronomy or planetary science. Each student completes a ten-course core curriculum and works on an original research project under the direction of a faculty member. Research work culminates in an oral presentation and a dissertation.
Chemistry is a diverse discipline encompassing living processes, inorganic interactions, and analytical methods. With our research-and-thesis-based masters you’ll be well grounded in the five sub-disciplines of chemistry and in your area of emphasis, providing you a foundation for a career in areas such as pharmacy, forensics, medicine, the environment, space exploration, and international defense.
NAU’s biology MS program prepares students for research-focused professions in the biological sciences, emphasizing the students’ ability to develop experimental approaches that accurately capture information to solve questions and problems in their biological field of study. Our faculty members conduct research in the many fields of biology, from the level of single molecules to whole ecosystems. From the first day of entry into our program, students work closely with their faculty mentor, selecting a course of study suited to their future goals and professional interests. The program enables graduates to contribute to the forefront of knowledge in the scientific community, share what they’ve learned through teaching, or apply it in public service or industry.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a two-year master's degree that will provide you with a strong core of applied physics and essential research skills, and prepare you for employment in high-technology industries, research institutes, or for further academic study in physics. The program will train you in laboratory skills, providing you with computational and computer modeling expertise, developing your competencies in the use and design of modern instrumentation, and providing you with a basic foundation in physics. There are both thesis and coursework options available. These plans can be interdisciplinary, integrating a broad range of subject areas to enhance opportunities in research or the private sector.
The Master of Arts in Science Teaching degree (MAST), offered by the Center for Science Teaching and Learning, is a rigorous program designed for practicing teachers. Through this program you will deepen your knowledge of content and enhance classroom practice through a focus on research-based teaching strategies that make science accessible to all learners.