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Chemistry (BA)

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
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Degree Type: 
Bachelor of Arts
Degree/Minor Description: 

Chemistry is often called the central science, as it provides the connection between mathematics, the physical world and applied sciences. Chemistry is the science of molecules and their transformations. Chemists study the composition, properties, and reactivity of matter and synthesize and discover new molecules and materials. Since the transformation of matter is integral to the modern world, the study of chemistry can lead to a variety of careers. These include research and development jobs in the environmental sector, materials creation, energy production, or biotechnology. The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry provides a strong science foundation along with communication skills so students can pursue technical careers. Students completing the degree are prepared upon graduation to work as chemists in academic, industrial and governmental settings. As chemistry is primarily an experimental science, research opportunities are available in analytical, organic, inorganic, physical and biochemical topics all of which can be modified to have an environmental focus.

Research Opportunities: 

Arizona Research Laboratories: ARL provides campus-wide service facilities for university researchers and faculty. It provides laboratories and core services in different scientific disciplines where students can volunteer or receive credit for their time. Be sure to click the link and see the variety of research options available. 

BIO5 InstituteThe 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.

Nano Fabrication and Processing Center: The Nano Fabrication Center is a research center dedicated to studies involving nanofabrication and manufacturing technology. The center involves research studies in several subjects such as semiconductors, bioengineering, microelectromechanical systems, optics, and thermoelectrics.

Machining and Welding Center: WMC is a research facility dedicated to providing expertise for research instrument fabrication. It supports and enhances the mission of the University of Arizona by providing prototype machining, designing, fabrication, welding, cryogenic products, consultation, instructional support and community outreach programs. 

Rich Lab Soil, Water and Environmental Science Microbial Ecology Lab: The Rich Lab, also known as SWES-MEL, does research on microorganisms and their impact on biogeochemistry and global change.

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