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The School of Earth and Space Exploration (sese.asu.edu) is an interdisciplinary combination of traditional areas like Astronomy, Geology, and Earth Science. Combinations of these elements form the basis for these traditional areas as well as world class Planetary Science, Astrobiology, Climate Science and other newly emerging fields with a strong emphasis on engineering new exploration systems. Students in the school and from across the university have the opportunity to be involved in projects ranging from desert ecology to world-class space flight missions. Several majors are offered including Astrophysics, Geology, Exploration Systems Design, and Earth Science. Any Barrett student who is considering majoring or minoring in any of these areas should contact the lead FHA.
The school of earth and space exploration is a broad and diverse research unit covering many areas and modes of study. Work is likely to be highly analytical in nature though with a wide variety of data sources ranging from large supercomputer simulations, lab work, field collection, telescopes, or probes on other planets. Research advisors are solicited by the interested student and a project is negotiated between them.
The unit does not add any specific constraints on committee makeup beyond those imposed by Barrett: The thesis director must be a continuing faculty member at ASU with a terminal degree; the second committee member can be anyone with sufficient expertise in the thesis topic.
No specific preparation is required by the department and leaves any requirements to be defined by individual research advisors.
Students typically begin work with more than a year to go before graduation. This allows sufficient time for project definition, analysis, writing and presentation.