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PhD Arid Lands Resource Sciences

The Arid Lands Resource Sciences Program at The University of Arizona leads to the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in Arid Lands Resource Sciences (ALRS).

Quick Facts

 
Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: August, January
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

The Arid Lands Resource Sciences program at The University of Arizona 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.

Educational Opportunity

The breadth of research opportunities ALRS PhD program provides can be recognized through the research performed by its graduates and current students. Some of these areas include international development; famine, famine early warning systems, and food security; land use, history, change, degradation, desertification, management, and policy; sustainable agriculture and farming systems; remote sensing and spatial analysis; carbon sequestration; political-ecology of natural resources; ethnoecology and other ethno-sciences; economic and agricultural policy and development; economic botany; borderlands issues; globalization; civil conflict; and urban development as they relate to the arid and semi-arid lands of the world.

Courses included:

  • The Arid and Semiarid Lands
  • Physical Aspects of Arid Lands
  • Arid Lands Current Research
  • Natural & Human Impacts on Arid Lands
  • Use and Management of Arid Lands

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