The Division of Environmental Studies & Sustainable Systems offers a wide variety learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to address our society’s most compelling needs to understand what the environment is and how it works in terms of basic principles of biology, chemistry and physics, including the relationships between humans and the environment.

Division Program Units include:

  • Environmental Science and Water Quality: Water quality, soil amendments, and development of natural pesicides for crops. George Antonious, Ph.D.- Professor (Research, Teaching), Eric Turley, M.Sc., Research Associate (Research), and Regina Hill, B.Sc., Research Assistant (Research)
  • Geospatial Sciences and Remote Sensing. Geospatial Sciences, Geographic Information Systems, and Remote Sensing: Buddhi Gyawali, Ph.D.- Assistant Professor (Research, Teaching), and Jeremy Sandifer, STEM Project Coordinator (Outreach)
  • Soil Science/Biometry: Fluxes of carbon, water and methane gases from pasture and forest soil ecosystems in Kentucky. Maheteme Gebremedhin, Ph.D.- Assistant Professor (Research, Extension, Teaching).
  • Environmental Education:  Sustainability and educational programs concerning the environment. Jennifer Hubbard-Sánchez, M.Sc.- State Specialist (Extension, Outreach)

Today’s environmental professionals work in multidisciplinary teams that include biologists, microbiologists, geologists, toxicologists, and chemists. Students will have a better understanding of a wide range of subjects of which today’s environmental professionals must have knowledge to build their career and sustainable future. Students should be able to use appropriate critical thinking skills to solve problems, demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of mathematics and science, and use analytical ability and the scientific method in problem solving.

Come and visit us and tour the Environmental Toxicology labs and learn how you learn about major environmental concerns, causes and consequences, sustainable agriculture, and alternative methods and approaches to protect environmental quality.

Students will learn:

  • The principles of science
  • Problems associated with environmental hazardous waste
  • Analyze soil and water samples collected from agricultural fields
  • Describe conventional and sustainable practices
  • Monitor contaminants in environmental samples
  • Learn recent analytical techniques of extraction, clean-up of soil and water samples
  • Learn chromatographic separation and quantification of environmental contaminants.



Dr. George Antonious

Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Kentucky State University

400 East Main Street

103 Chappell Building

Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: (502) 597-6253

Fax:       (502) 597- 6551