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Sustainable Plant Systems: Environmental Horticulture

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 Environmental Horticulture will learn principles and cultural practices for propagating, producing, marketing, and using intensively cultivated herbaceous and woody crop plants for agricultural and ornamental purposes. Environmental Horticulture aims to promote science-based applications that increase plant yield or longevity and enhance environmental quality while reducing inputs such as labor, fertilizer, water, and chemical pesticides.  

Research Opportunities: 

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.

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.

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.

Research Themes: 
Food Systems and Security
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Urban Environment