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Environmental Science: Society and the Environment

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. The Society and Environment focus bridges the expanse between the applications and nomenclature of cutting-edge environmental technology and the translation into the societal realm. Students study environmental change through time, including the study and reconstruction of past environments, the evaluation of current environments in the context of long-term change, and the projection for future change. They also explore environmental science policy issues from public health to ecology to obtain a broad understanding of the issues and how they are being approached in the legal system. This focus is well suited for students interested in Environmental Science with an emphasis in communication, education, policy, or long-term change.

Research Opportunities: 

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. 

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.

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.

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Environmental Arts and Humanities
Food Systems and Security
Governance, Law, and Policy
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Public Health
Urban Environment