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Plant Sciences

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
UA College: 
Agriculture & Life Sciences
Degree Type: 
Bachelor of Science
Degree/Minor Description: 

Plants and their associated microbes are fundamental to all aspects of our existence. Given the growth of the human population and the effects of this growth on the environment, research and training in the Plant Sciences has never been more critical. A major in Plant Sciences offers a comprehensive scientific foundation and a firm understanding of the principles of plant science. After completing basic coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and plant science, students choose from a wide variety of electives. This highly flexible elective system allows students to individually tailor their coursework based on their career goals. Coursework and optional research training prepare majors for post-graduate studies in research, medicine, and pharmacy, or careers in horticulture, agriculture, microbiology, or biotechnology.

Research Opportunities: 

Campus Arboretum: The University of Arizona Campus Arboretum is a living laboratory promoting stewardship and conservation of urban trees through research, education, and outreach. The Campus Arboretum was established to preserve and enhance this extensive collection of trees in an urban desert while increasing sustainable campus development. The living laboratory preserves the historic tree collections on campus.

UA Herbarium: The UA Herbarium collects, dries, and preserves plant specimens for research studies. These studies provide data on the morphology, distribution, growth and reproduction of plants. The UA Herbarium’s mission is to promote research and education about the the plants of Arizona and the Sonoran Desert Region.

Robert L. Gilbertson Mycological Herbarium: The Gilbertson Mycological Herbarium at the University of Arizona houses over 40,000 specimens of fungi and fungus-like organisms with special collections of rusts, polypores, and corticioid fungi. The Mycological Herbarium works to provide a variety of resources for use in teaching and research at the UA, including images of fungi, specimens for use in the classroom, historical and recent reprints, and tour opportunities. 

Arizona Genomics Institute: AGI is a research facility divided into four centers that research structural, evolutionary, and functional genomics of crop plants. 

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. 

Tree Ring Research Lab: The Tree-Ring Lab is recognized worldwide as a preeminent center for the advancement of tree-ring techniques and the broad application of dendrochronology in the social and environmental sciences. The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona was established in 1937 by A. E. Douglass, founder of the modern science of dendrochronology.

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.

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Food Systems and Security
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Science Engagement