Are you passionate about the environment? Do you see opportunities to improve environmental practices? Are you committed to protecting the unique resources of Central Asia? Do you enjoy applying scientific concepts to real-world problems? If so, UCA's Earth and Environmental Sciences program is for you.
UCA's cross-disciplinary Earth and Environmental Sciences program integrates the study of socio-cultural, ecological, and geological systems to create informed and engaged leaders and scholars. The program draws on the vast diversity of life experiences, environmental zones, and cultures in Central Asia's mountainous regions. It addresses complex regional and global problems such as climate change, poverty, ecological degradation, intolerance, and food and energy security.
The Earth and Environmental Sciences curriculum is developed in collaboration with the University of British Columbia in Canada. This specialization benefits from the resources of UCA's Mountain Societies Research Institute.
The curriculum delivers a strong foundation in Earth and Environmental Sciences by studying natural science, social science, and humanity. It will also foster the development of critical professional and research skills and provide opportunities for you to research your specialized areas of interest.
Our campuses, located in mountain communities, provide unique learning landscapes. You will have access to the University's Mountain Societies Research Institute, which leads UCA's Learning Landscapes Initiative and offers a range of resources, including UCA's geographic information systems (GIS) laboratory and access to an international network of researchers.
You will acquire the following professional skills:
Apply specialized skills such as remote sensing and modelling techniques to address real-life needs or conduct research;
Integrate scientific knowledge with an understanding of economic and social realities to assess impacts and address current environmental problems;
Incorporate local or indigenous knowledge into their scholarship and research;
Collect environmental and geological data utilizing multiple research methods and equipment for fieldwork;
Analyze geological and environmental samples using laboratory equipment and field instrumentation as appropriate;
Communicate effectively scientific concepts in written, oral, and graphical forms to technical and non-technical stakeholders.