The School of Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability brings together students and faculty across the physical, biological, and social sciences. We train undergraduate and graduate students to be visionary leaders in geology, environmental sciences, and sustainability, emphasizing innovative solutions to multi-disciplinary problems.


To become the premier school for research, outreach, and education in Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability in the Mountain West for local to global communities.


  • To form citizens and leaders with scientific knowledge, social and cultural understanding, knowledge of democratic politics and policy, and technical skills in earth sciences, the environment, and sustainable human/environmental interactions, prepared to serve and lead local to global communities.
  • To discover new knowledge about earth sciences and the environment that enriches the human experience, addresses environmental challenges, and promotes a sustainable future.
  • To understand the earth system – including humans – as an integrated whole, across broad spectrums of time.
  • To further appreciate, understand, and sustainably manage natural resources.
  • To provide better understanding and solutions for natural hazards and disasters.

Join Dr. Dale Nations, Emeritus Regents Professor, to learn more about the spectacular geology of the Grand Canyon's Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails, as well as the fossils of northern Arizona's dinosaur country!