Chapman has assembled a team of world-class scientists, social scientists, and statisticians to offer a degree that teaches students how to understand earth systems at the local, regional, and global scale. Unlike many similar graduate programs, in which these subjects are treated as specializations of more broad environmental science master degrees, this collection of interdisciplinary coursework provides both a solid science component as well as instruction in social sciences and environmental policy, giving the student the in-depth and well-rounded education needed for careers in the field. The program places special emphasis on the use of Earth observing/remote sensing and related geoinformation technologies in detecting changes in the environment with particular regard to hazards. In the program, students have the ability to:
- Join faculty members as they study pollution over mega cities, search for methods of predicting earthquakes, and determine the effects of climate change on our coastlines.
- Utilize advanced on-campus remote sensing instruments that draw data from a multitude of satellites.
- Use science to learn how to save the environment, and utilize knowledge of environmental law and policy to implement change for the better.