Earth & Environmental Sciences, BSc

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 programme is for you.

UCA's cross-disciplinary Earth and Environmental Sciences programme integrates the study of socio-cultural, ecological and geological systems to create informed and engaged leaders and scholars. The programme draws on the vast diversity of life experiences, ecological zones and cultures in Central Asia's mountainous regions and addresses complex regional and global problems such as climate change, poverty, environmental 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, and this specialisation benefits from the resources of UCA’s Mountain Societies Research Institute.

The curriculum delivers a strong foundation in Earth and Environmental Sciences through the study of natural science, social science and the humanities. It will also foster the development of critical professional and research skills and provide opportunities for you to undertake research in your own specialised 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.


Courses are subject to change.

Prerequisite Courses
Chemistry – Introductory chemistry for Earth & environmental sciences
Physics – Introductory physics for Earth & environmental sciences
Ecology – Evolutionary Ecology

Required Courses
Mixed Research Methods
Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing
Ways of Knowing: Mountain Environments in Thought and Practice
Environmental Governance: Water, Air, Land, and Biosphere
Environment and Development in Mountain Regions
Science, Impact, and Complexity of Climate Change
Natural Hazards and Risk Management in Mountain Regions
Introduction to Geology and Earth Processes
Introduction to Geological Materials and Resources
Surface Processes in Mountain Environments
Hydrology and Hydrogeology

Elective Environmental Science Courses
Conservation Science
Applied Ecology
Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment
Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing

Elective Geologic Science Courses
Geodynamics and Structural Geology
Sediments, Stratigraphy and Hydrocarbon Resources
Minerals, Petrology and Mined Resources

Career Pathways

Your minor complements your major area of study, enriching your skill set and knowledge base, making you an all-rounded candidate for any future employer.

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