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Geosciences: Earth Systems Science Emphasis

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
UA College: 
Degree Type: 
Bachelor of Science
Degree/Minor Description: 

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 Earth Systems Science Emphasis will learn about geology and earth systems such as oceans and geomorphology, and will gain an understanding of hydrogeology. In addition to this coursework, students will also be required to participate in a geology field camp or research experience. 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.

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
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Science Engagement