Geosciences: Geology 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. Students who pursue the Geology Emphasis will learn about geophysics, physical geology, mineralogy and paleontology. In addition to this coursework, students will also be required to participate in a Geology Field camp. 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.