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Academic Programs

The UA offers a rich array of options for undergraduates, graduates, and professionals to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary environmental studies. Students may pursue majors, minors, certificate programs, or individual classes on a wide range of topics that reflect the many different avenues available for studying and understanding our planet. From biophysical sciences to social sciences, architecture/landscape architecture, the arts, and formal interdisciplinary graduate studies programs, many courses provide opportunities for learning how to conduct field research and give students hands-on, real-world experience in fields related to the environment. In addition, several educational programs at the UA are designed to help teachers develop science and math curricula. To explore the many UA degree programs in earth sciences and environmental studies and related non-degree offerings, visit the UA Environment Portal

PhD Minor in Global Change


As part of the University of Arizona's Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDP), the Committee on Global Change offers a global change PhD minor. The program provides graduate students with a broad understanding of critical concepts and state-of-the-art skills in the rapidly emerging field of global change.

For more information on all UA Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs, visit the GIDP Web site.


Master's in Environmental Management (MEM)

The master's in environmental management program is in development. As envisioned, this one year professional master's is designed to provide an intensive customized training in environmental management taught by the outstanding environmental faculty at the University of Arizona.

The course aims to produce students with a broad appreciation of all aspects of the management of people and institutions in relation to environmental change, who are analytical in their approach, and are competent and aware decision makers. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of not only the causes and consequences of environmental change, but also an awareness of the legal, economic and ethical underpinnings and context of environmental issues. The central theme of this course is the development of a truly inter-disciplinary approach to the management of the environment and the course will balance training in both environmental science and policy with field trips, professional development workshops and opportunities to conduct original research or internships.