Graduate College - Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs
The Arid Lands Resource Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program at The University of Arizona leads to the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in Arid Lands Resource Sciences (ALRS). The program prepares students for careers in both academic and non-academic settings. Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, The University of Arizona provides a unique interdisciplinary environment as well as a natural living laboratory for the study of arid and semi-arid lands. These dynamic lands encompass nearly one-third of the Earth’s total land surface and embody one-fifth of its total population. Increasing pressures on these considerable and important regions demand increased attention be given to the ecological, economic, and socio-cultural factors that affect them. ALRS is a unique interdisciplinary doctoral program aimed at addressing the complex problems of sustainability of arid lands.
ALRS has created an exciting environment in which to pursue unique research interests through a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum that is individually tailored to meet each student’s particular focus. Indeed, the opportunity for students to develop their program of study based upon their interests is noted among our students as the program’s greatest strength. Because the sustainable use of arid lands cannot be adequately understood or achieved through the tools available in any single discipline, students in the ALRS program are trained in two or more of the physical, biological, resource, agricultural, and social sciences as they specifically relate to each student’s area of study.
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