Geosciences: Geophysics Emphasis
Geosciences is the study of Earth, including its formation and chemical, physical, and biological aspects. These studies form the basis for improved approaches to issues in natural resources, geohazards, and environmental impacts. Geoscientists also study how the lithosphere interacts with the hydrosphere and atmosphere. Majors study tectonics, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology and thermodynamics, seismology, paleobiology, economic geology, and Quaternary studies, which examines the more recent history of Earth. Student that pursue the Geophysics emphasis will learn about the physics of the Earth, more advanced seismology, geophysical exploration and structural geology. They will be required to participate in a field camp as well. Students who graduate with this degree can continue on to further their education, work for government agencies and research institutes, or consult for industries with geological information.
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.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences: Faculty and students study a wide range of topics that all tie together under one common theme: the Earth-Atmosphere system. From long-term climate variability to day-to-day local forecasting, the Department of Atmospheric Sciences strives to explore and understand the dynamic nature of the Earth-Atmosphere system.