Academic Units

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is part of both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering. The focus is on engineering for biological systems and water resources as well as related environmental issues and systems management for agricultural systems and enterprises.

Agricultural and Resource Economics

Undergraduate programs in agricultural economics and management or environmental and water resource economics, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Home to Extension and research programs on crop and livestock budgets, marketing and management, environmental and natural resource policy, and regional economics and development.

Agricultural Education

Programs in undergraduate and graduate instruction, research and service. The primary focus is serving a diverse population through teaching, application, integration and discovery in agriculture, education, leadership and communication, and applied science and technology leading to successful careers in agricultural education and related businesses and industries.

Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Brings together animal scientists, veterinarians and microbiologists to offer integrated research and educational opportunities and to address the need for trained professionals in these fields. Areas of research include traditional aspects of veterinary medicine, microbiology and animal science as well as food safety, livestock production, aquaculture, computational biology and race track industry.


An internationally renowned faculty dedicated to excellence in research, teaching and Extension in areas of fundamental insect biology, pest management and outreach. Some members of the Department of Entomology are affiliated with the Center for Insect Science and the Carl Hayden Honeybee Lab. Related graduate programs are offered through the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Entomology and Insect Science.

Family and Consumer Sciences

The John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences provides instructional, research, Extension and outreach programs that enable families and consumers to achieve an optimum quality of life. Instructional programs prepare professionals for careers serving families and consumers in a culturally diverse and rapidly changing society. Two distinct areas of study: Retailing and Consumer Sciences, and Family Studies and Human Development.

Natural Resources and the Environment

A world leader in pursuing science that informs how environmental change impacts arid and semi-arid systems and how best to adapt to environmental challenges. The school and its cohort of students, faculty and staff aim to develop strategies to help mitigate the effects of human pressures on the environment and to help create and maintain healthy and sustainable ecological systems.

Nutritional Sciences

Provides cutting-edge research, degree programs and Extension activities that advance the discovery and translation of the roles of nutrition in optimizing health. Aims to discover, integrate, extend and apply knowledge of nutritional science to promote optimal nutritional status, health and well-being, and to prevent and treat chronic diseases including cancers, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and musculoskeletal disorders.

Plant Sciences

Faculty, postdocs, technicians and students are active in many research and training areas, the majority involving vascular plants. Research activities include model plant species, commodity crops, species native to the desert Southwest, as well as agents pathogenic to plants. Extension faculty focus on optimal production practices. Teaching activities cover a wide-ranging curriculum for undergraduates and graduate students.

Soil, Water and Environmental Science

Specializes in research, teaching and Extension of environmental science, which is defined as basic to applied science of the Earth’s terrestrial surface. The department focuses on that portion of the Earth’s near surface termed the “critical zone” that extends from the lower atmospheric boundary to the lower depth of circulating groundwater and which includes vegetation and/or urban infrastructure, soil, sediment, vadose and saturated zones.