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Environmental Science: Biology

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
UA College: 
Agriculture & Life Sciences
Degree Type: 
BS in Environmental Sciences
Degree/Minor Description: 

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field that integrates physical and biological sciences for the study of human interactions with natural and managed systems. Students pursuing a degree in environmental sciences will gain a basic understanding of soil science, hydrology, pollution science, atmospheric science, environmental chemistry, resource management, and ecology. Majors in Environmental Science will obtain science-based preparation for careers in environmental science and graduate studies in a variety of fields. The Biology focus allows a breadth of study from a basic grounding in ecological principles to current environmental issues addressed through microbiology. Students have the opportunity to learn how living organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems interact with their environments. Students also gain an understanding of agricultural and aqua-cultural impacts on the environment, use of plants and microorganisms to clean up the environment, biological effects of global change, and management of freshwater and marine systems. Majors may study remediation of contaminated sites and natural processes of decomposition, as well as water and food quality (pathogens).

Research Opportunities: 

Center for Insect Science: The Center for Insect Science (CIS) promotes collaborative research and education across topics relevant to biology, biomedicine, and biotechnology that utilize insects and other arthropods as model systems or investigate their potential medical impacts. 

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.  

BIO5 Institute: The BIO5 Institute is at the leading edge of life sciences research, bringing together researchers from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering. The main goal of BIO5 is to find bold solutions to complex, biology-based challenges affecting humanity.

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.

Undergraduate Biology Research Program: UBRP is a research program that enhances undergraduate education by partnering students with research opportunities to participate in mentored, self-directed work. Student projects are associated with biology-related fields that involve inquiry, design, investigation, research, scholarship, discovery, and the presentation of experimental results.

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Food Systems and Security
Governance, Law, and Policy
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Public Health
Science Engagement