Sustainable Plant Systems: Agronomy
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 Agronomy learn to apply their knowledge of soil and plant science to develop best practices that maximize yields of large-scale agronomic crops like cotton or cereal grain, while minimizing environmental impacts and conserving resources. This program provides a solid foundation for students who wish to enter into a career in modern agriculture and promote sustainable crop production practices through management of large farms and agriculture units.
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.
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.