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.

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.

The division’s vision is to pursue knowledge and promote a cutting edge research that will open opportunities for students and young scientists and promote USDA strategic need areas and ultimately find solutions to global environmental problems and make the world a better place.

Programs offered through this division will be tailored according to the specific needs of the students to address complex environmental issues – covering natural resources management, pollution in the environment, remediation, geospatial technology application, and organic farming to minimize pollution to the environment while creating a sustainable agriculture system.

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

  • Location: 110 Atwood Research Building
  • Phone: (502) 597-6005
  • Lab: (502) 597-6253
  • Fax: (502) 597-6551
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