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Plant Sciences Minor

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Minor
UA College: 
Agriculture & Life Sciences
Degree/Minor Description: 

A minor in Plant Sciences gives students a thorough introduction to plant biology and is compatible with many majors, including Microbiology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Environmental Science.

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. 

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.

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: 
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Science Engagement