Geochemistry, one of the important subdisciplines of earth sciences, aims in studies of chemical composition and its evolution of the Earth by the means of modern chemical methods and analytical techniques. Here in the USTC, we mainly use element geochemistry and isotope geochemistry to trace origin of rock formation, metamorphism and mineralization, to study mechanism of chemical processes in nature and to understand chemical geodynamics of the earth interior and plates. Environment Science, an interdiscipline of chemistry, geology and environment, aims in studies of mechanism and effect of the change in natural environment of the earth, including lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere.
1. Undergraduate Studies Elementary courses: mathematics, physics, electronics, informatics, elementary earth science, astronomy, atmosphere and oceanography, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, etc. Major courses: Elementary geology, crystallography, mineralogy, igneous petrology, metamorphic petrology, sedimentary petrology, structure geology, geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, modern analytical techniques, geology of ore deposits for B.S. degree in Geochemistry; Hydrology, Biology, microbiology, modern analytical techniques, geology, global environment change, atmosphere environment, environmental evaluation, environmental chemistry, environmental monitoring techniques, etc. for B.S. degree in Environment Science. 2. Graduate Studies Major fields or subdisciplines for M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Geochemistry: the program in geochemistry offers studies in isotope geochronology, radiogenic isotope geochemistry, stable isotope geochemistry, chemical geodynamics, formation and evolution of the crust, formation of orogenic belt, geochemistry of ore deposits, fluid geochemistry, geochemistry of the mantle, and petrology. Major fields or subdisciplines for M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Environment Science: Quaternary environment and global environment change, polar environment, human health and environment restoration, ecological toxicology and environment, and oceanic environment.
The department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences explores the structure and properties of the Earth and its atmosphere, as well as the solar system and its planets. Its subjects include the shape of the Earth, its gravitational and magnetic fields, the dynamics of the Earth as a whole and of its component parts, the Earth's internal structure, composition and tectonics, the atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere and solar-terrestrial relations, and analogous problems associated with the Moon and other planets. The ongoing research of the geophysics group deals with plate tectonics and Earthquakes; seismology。 The atmospheric group explores the physical, chemical and radiative transfer aspects of the atmosphere; numerical model for weather forecasting; clouds, rain and lightning formation; remote sensing and image processing. The space and planetary group investigates the interplanetary plasma and solar wind interaction; the physical process of the ionosphere and magnetosphere of the Earth and other planets.