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Geosciences Minor

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Minor
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Degree/Minor Description: 

Students who minor in Geosciences will gain a basic understanding how the Earth was formed, and how chemical, physical, and biological aspects played a role in that formation. Geosciences minors will also gain a basic understanding of how the lithosphere interacts with the hydrosphere and the atmosphere.

Research Opportunities: 

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.

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. 

BIO5 Institute: The BIO5 Institute is at the leading edge of life sciences research, bringing together researchers from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering. The main goal of BIO5 is to find bold solutions to complex, biology-based challenges affecting humanity.

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Science Engagement