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Geography: Water, Environment and Society Emphasis

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
No
UA College: 
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Degree Type: 
Bachelor of Science
Degree/Minor Description: 

This degree allows students to explore the broad scope of water supply and demand. This theme has emerged as a critical planning issue in communities in the western United States and around the world. Courses examine the key questions facing policymakers and train students in the methods decision makers use to address these issues, including remote sensing, GIS, and field methods. Students are encouraged to pursue internships and research opportunities while earning credit for these experiences.

Research Opportunities: 

Water Resources Research Center: The WRRC promotes understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy issues through research, community outreach and engagement, and public education.

Arizona Project WET: Arizona Project WET (APW) develops water stewardship and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literacy by providing teacher professional development focused on direct student outreach that delivers or extends classroom learning, and community engagement regarding responsible water regulation.

Water Sustainability Program: The Water Sustainability Program provides science-based technical, economic, legal, and policy expertise necessary for water development and conservation. The goal is to strengthen research, outreach, and education efforts in the water resource area at the University of Arizona to help ensure a sustainable, high-quality water supply.

Water Quality Center Lab: The WQC lab focuses on water quality and is equipped to perform state-of-the-art chemical and biological analyses of water samples. The lab also performs tests on other environmental samples, including soils, wastes, and effluents.

Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants: The ALEC lab works to detect, quantify, and speciate organic and inorganic micro-pollutants in water samples. The ALEC lab utilizes state-of-the-art mass spectrometry and associated analytical techniques to study a variety of samples. 

Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab: The Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab, also known as the Chorover Lab, is a research-oriented facility that is designed for the analysis of major and trace elements in environmental matrices such as soil, sediment, biomass and water. This research and teaching program is designed to develop a better understanding of how these various components interact to influence environmental quality.

Biosphere 2: Biosphere 2 is owned by the University of Arizona and is an Earth systems science research facility that focuses on the Earth, its living systems, and sustainability. The facility is located in northern Tucson and serves as a center for research, outreach, and teaching.

Research Themes: 
Business and Economics
Climate and Adaptation
Governance, Law, and Policy
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing
Water