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Environmental Science: Land, Air, and Water

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
No
UA College: 
Agriculture & Life Sciences
Degree Type: 
BS in Environmental 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 degree in environmental sciences will gain a basic understanding of soil science, hydrology, pollution science, atmospheric science, environmental chemistry, resource management, and ecology. Majors in Environmental Science will obtain a science-based preparation for careers in environmental science and graduate studies in a variety of fields. Students who focus in Land, Air and Water will gain an understanding and appreciation for the interaction of environmental systems such as land surfaces, water, and air that both influence and are influenced by humans. Major study areas include meteorology, geology, soil conservation and management, deforestation/desertification, ecological restoration, water/soil/air pollution and global change. NOTE: Students can become certified as a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America. The Council of Soil Science Examiners (CSSE) offers exams in October and March each year.

Research Opportunities: 

Water Resources Research Center: The WRRC promotes understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy issues through research, community outreach and engagement, and public education.

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
Food Systems and Security
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Science Engagement
Water