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Sustainable Plant Systems: Controlled Environment Agricultural Emphasis

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

Students pursuing a degree in Sustainable Plant Systems learn fundamental plant and soil science principles and techniques aimed at developing improved crop plants, and they learn best practices for managing field-, greenhouse-, and agricultural crops and urban landscapes. Students who choose a concentration in Controlled Environmental Agriculture will develop technologies to efficiently produce plants and plant-based products with optimized resource consumption, using environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable growing systems in arid lands and urban settings. Specifically, students in Controlled Environment Agriculture learn the technical aspects of greenhouse design, environmental control, hydroponic crop production, plant nutrient delivery systems, intensive field production systems, and post-harvest handling and storage of crops.   

Research Opportunities: 

Controlled Environment Agriculture Center: The CEAC is a research center containing greenhouses, which allows researchers to study the production of plants and other products, such as vegetables and flowers. The center produces high-value crops at maximum productivity in an efficient and environmentally friendly way. 

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.

Campus Agricultural Center: The CAC is a 160 acre research, teaching, and extension facility, which supports those functions of the eleven College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) departments. It is currently home to over 70 different multidisciplinary research studies in the fields, laboratories, and greenhouses.

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
Urban Environment