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Environmental Science Minor

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Minor
UA College: 
Agriculture & Life Sciences
Degree/Minor Description: 

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary field that integrates physical and biological sciences for the study of human interactions with natural and managed systems. Students pursuing a minor in environmental science will gain a basic understanding of soil science, hydrology, pollution science, atmospheric science, environmental chemistry, resource management, and ecology.

Research Opportunities: 

Center for Insect Science: The Center for Insect Science (CIS) promotes collaborative research and education across topics relevant to biology, biomedicine, and biotechnology that utilize insects and other arthropods as model systems or investigate their potential medical impacts. 

Yuma Agricultural Center: The YAC has two research facilities, one in Yuma and another in Mesa. These facilities include about 200-300 acres of farmland for a diversified range of crops, including cotton, grains, and vegetables. The YAC focuses on research in plant physiology, crop production, insect biology, food safety and several other topics. 

Arizona Project WET: Arizona Project WET (APW) develops water stewardship and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literacy by providing teacher professional development focused on direct student outreach that delivers or extends classroom learning, and community engagement regarding responsible water regulation. 

Water Sustainability Program: The Water Sustainability Program provides science-based technical, economic, legal, and policy expertise necessary for water development and conservation. The goal is to strengthen research, outreach, and education efforts in the water resource area at the University of Arizona to help ensure a sustainable, high-quality water supply.

Water Quality Center Lab: The WQC lab focuses on water quality and is equipped to perform state-of-the-art chemical and biological analyses of water samples. The lab also performs tests on other environmental samples, including soils, wastes, and effluents.

Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants: The ALEC lab works to detect, quantify, and speciate organic and inorganic micro-pollutants in water samples. The ALEC lab utilizes state-of-the-art mass spectrometry and associated analytical techniques to study a variety of samples. 

Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab: The Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab, also known as the Chorover Lab, is a research-oriented facility that is designed for the analysis of major and trace elements in environmental matrices such as soil, sediment, biomass and water. This research and teaching program is designed to develop a better understanding of how these various components interact to influence environmental quality. 

Biosphere 2: Biosphere 2 is owned by the University of Arizona and is an Earth systems science research facility that focuses on the Earth, its living systems, and sustainability. The facility is located in northern Tucson and serves as a center for research, outreach, and teaching.

BIO5 Institute: The BIO5 Institute is at the leading edge of life sciences research, bringing together researchers from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering. The main goal of BIO5 is to find bold solutions to complex, biology-based challenges affecting humanity.

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Science Engagement
Water