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College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Agricultural science and business are at the core of a multi-trillion dollar industry in need of graduates worldwide.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a small college within a large institution, representing an undergraduate population of 2,700 students in its 15 different majors.  This translates into smaller class sizes in major courses for students as well as opportunities for regular interaction with faculty and staff. You can pursue dozens of challenging career choices in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). 

Worldwide food production, processing, and distribution require scientists and managers to develop and use novel techniques in the biological and physical sciences as well as economics and management.  The rigorous coursework and hands-on opportunities you will experience in CALS' academic programs will prepare you for your chosen career or higher degree aspirations. 

In fact, on average, 70 percent of Veterinary Science graduates who apply to Veterinary schools are accepted--the highest percentage of any Arizona university.

With 15 undergraduate majors, CALS' undergraduate programs encompass science, business, technology, life sciences, and communications.  CALS' broad academic experience is supportive and interactive with a low student-to-faculty ratio.


Primary Address: The University of Arizona
PO Box 210036
Tucson, Arizona
United States
Mailing Address: 1140 E South Campus Drive
Forbes Building, Room 306
Tucson, Arizona
United States
Phone: (520) 621-7621
Fax: (520) 621-7196


  • Undergraduate and graduate degrees are awarded in a wide range of basic and social sciences.
  • Cooperative Extension offices are located in each county of the state.
  • There are 10 agricultural centers at 8 locations across the state.
  • For two years in a row, a national ranking index placed the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences first overall in faculty productivity in the agricultural sciences.


Undergraduate majors

  • Agribusiness Economics and Management
  • Agricultural Technology Management and Education
  • Animal Sciences
  • Biosystems Engineering
  • Sustainable Plant Systems
  • Environmental and Water Resource Economics
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Family Studies and Human Development
  • Microbiology
  • Natural Resources
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Plant Sciences
  • Retailing and Consumer Science
  • Veterinary Science

Graduate programs

  • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Agricultural Technology Management and Education
  • Animal Sciences
  • Arid Lands Resource Sciences
  • Entomology
  • Family Studies and Human Development
  • Microbiology
  • Natural Resources
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Pathobiology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Retailing and Consumer Sciences
  • Soil, Water and Environmental Science

Degrees Offered

Agribusiness Economics & Management: Agribusiness Management Emphasis
Agribusiness Economics & Management: Agricultural Economics Emphasis
Agricultural Systems Management
Agricultural Technology Management & Education: Agricultural Technology Management Emphasis
Agricultural Technology Management & Education: Leadership & Communication Emphasis
Agricultural Technology Management & Education: Teaching Emphasis
Animal & Biomedical Industries
Animal Sciences: Animal Industry Emphasis
Animal Sciences: Equine Emphasis
Animal Sciences: Race Track Industry Emphasis
Animal Sciences: Science & Pre-professional Emphasis
Biosystems Analytics & Technology
Environmental & Water Resource Economics
Environmental Science: Leadership, Sustainability, & Communication Emphasis
Environmental Science: Physical & Chemical Dynamics Emphasis
Environmental Science: Soil, Air, & Water Emphasis
Environmental Science: The Biosphere Emphasis
Family Studies & Human Development - Available at Multiple Locations
Food Safety
Natural Resources: Conservation Biology Emphasis
Natural Resources: Ecology, Management & Restoration of Rangelands Emphasis
Natural Resources: Fisheries Conservation & Management Emphasis
Natural Resources: Global Change Ecology & Management Emphasis
Natural Resources: Watershed Hydrology & Management Emphasis
Natural Resources: Wildlife Conservation & Management Emphasis
Nutrition & Food Systems
Nutritional Sciences: Dietetics Emphasis
Nutritional Sciences: Nutrition Emphasis
Personal & Family Financial Planning
Plant Sciences
Retailing & Consumer Science
Sustainable Plant Systems: Agronomy
Sustainable Plant Systems: Controlled Environment Agriculture Emphasis
Sustainable Plant Systems: Environmental Horticulture
Sustainable Plant Systems: Fresh Produce Safety
Veterinary Science