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Environmental Science: Physics and Chemistry

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
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 pursuing the Physics and Chemistry focus will gain an understanding of physical and chemical sciences within a quantitative framework applied to environment systems. This includes the study of sources, reactions, transport, effects, and fates of chemical species in water, soil, air, and living environments. Students will also be prepared to deal with environmental pollution and to solve complex environmental problems requiring an interdisciplinary background.

Research Opportunities: 

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. 

Environmental Research Laboratory: The ERL is a research facility that is part of the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science. It is used to improve the health, welfare and living standards of communities in desert areas through the application of appropriate and sustainable technologies. 

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.

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. 

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Science Engagement