Want better grades? Get involved! It’s true: Studies show you’re more likely to earn higher grades when you’re involved. You’ll also have a more fulfilling college experience, build a community of peers, and develop professional networks. Involvement at the UA isn’t like high school extracurriculars. Here, you’ll explore, lead, plan, budget, create, and apply what you've learned in class. Our recommendation? Join a club, explore a leadership program, find a great research or internship opportunity, land a job, expand your horizons, and attend CALS student events!
What are you passionate about? With more than 30 student clubs in CALS (listed below) and hundreds of additional UA student clubs, you’ll likely find something matches your interests.
- Aggie House
- Agricultural and Resource Economics Club (AREC Club) - open to any student, professor, alumni, or business professional who is looking to explore the educational and professional opportunities that lie within applied economics and all other interrelated fields.
- Alpha Gamma Rho - a national social and professional agricultural fraternity
- Alpha Tau Alpha - an agricultural education honorary
- Alpha Zeta Honorary
- Biosystems Engineering Club (BEC) - dedicated to the introduction and exploration of biosystems engineering through club activities including guest speakers, tours, and design projects related to controlled environment agriculture, biofuels, tissue engineering, and watershed engineering
- BRAG-Diversity from Retail Point of View - non-profit organization that prepares and educates professionals, entrepreneurs and students of color for executive leadership in the retail, fashion and related industries.
- Cienega Club - students who see water as a limiting and limited resource and care about water use, the water cycle, the role water plays within the ecosystem
- Collegiate Livestock Grower’s Association
- Collegiate Equestrian Team
- Collegiate 4-H - dedicated to promoting leadership through hands on activities and social interaction by providing a sense of identity on campus, increased personal development skills, and offering students an opportunity to volunteer
- Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers
- Controlled Environmental Agriculture Student Association (CEASA) - for students interested in hydroponics and controlled environment agriculture while applying innovative engineering concepts
- Enactus (SIFE) - a social entrepreneurship student organization that aims to solve social problems in our community with sustainable and entrepreneurial solutions
- Family Studies and Human Development Ambassadors - a focus on philanthropic efforts and outreach to educate students about the benefits of service in the community, provide for families in need, and build relationships among faculty, students, alumni, and community
- Life Sciences Student Association - dedicated to conveying the importance of plants in our world and sustainability through teaching about the care of plants from seed to harvest
- Microbiology Club - motivated to expand the knowledge of microorganisms to any curious fellow human
- Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) - a nationally recognized organization focused on professional development in the field of agriculture
- Nutritional Sciences Club - devoted to nutrition education, outreach, and awareness both on campus and in the local community
- Pre-Veterinary Club
- Retail Entrepreneurship Club
- Rodeo Club
- Sigma Alpha - professional agricultural sorority
- Soil, Water and Environmental Science Club - educating students about the environment and connecting our members with community and national organizations
- Student Advisory Board (Retailing)
- Take Charge Cats - we create financially informed Arizona by providing educational outreach to Tucson high schools and community organizations
- Tierra Seca
- TREND - where business meets fashion
- VIDA/CARES Volunteer Organization - helping fellow human beings and animals by bringing people together through service-learning to make this world a better place
- Wildlife Diseases
- The Wildlife & American Fisheries Society - interact with professionals, better the environment and promote conservation, meet new people, learn useful skills, and have fun!
Explore one of the three CALS leadership programs: CALS Ambassadors, Dean's Leadership 50, and Peer Mentors. As a member you’ll have a great experience, participate in leadership training, and earn a 100% Engagement notation. The timeline for member recruitment varies. All CALS students are encouraged to apply!
- As student recruiters, CALS Ambassadors develop outstanding public relations skills while being the face of the college to prospective students and their families
- Dean’s Leadership 50 (DL50) members excel at innovation, creativity, and community connection with a focus on developing skills as entrepreneurial leaders
- Peer Mentors, affectionately known as CALS PALS, are an ally and coach who use their in-depth training to champion the academic and individual success of their mentees
What is CALS Connections?
CALS Connections brings undergraduate students in our college, new and seasoned, together through on-campus mentorship! Powered by Mentor Collective, an international online mentoring community, CALS Connections matches new students, freshman and transfers alike, with current, trained, undergraduate student mentors. As a mentee or mentor, you'll connect with undergraduates that have common interests, academics, professional aspirations, background, and more. Sign up today via the links below and get connected!
What will a mentor and mentee discuss?
- How will my major impact my professional options?
- How do I balance the demands of school, sleep, and socializing?
- How can I set myself up for academic, social, and career success?
- How do I make connections with peers and professional contacts?
- And more!
Expectations for being a part of CALS Connections mentorship?
- Meet a few times a month, either through video chat or an in-person meetup (recommended)
- Mentors: connect with your mentee to help them maintain their success should they have questions, concerns, or uncertainties
- Mentees: rely on your mentor so they can help you whenever you need it---remember, they've been where you are now!
How do you sign up?
To sign up, click your corresponding link below and fill out the prompts provided. If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or your CALS contacts: Gabrielle Sykes-Casavant (email@example.com), or Nancy Rodriguez-Lorta (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Research & Internship Opportunities
- Find an on-campus job (including Federal Work Study positions)
- Looking for a full-time off-campus job in your field? The CALS Career Center curates a custom database of employment opportunities in the following fields: commerce, health professions, helping profession, science & technology, sustainability, and traditional agriculture.
Adventure can earn you course credit. CALS offers several faculty-led study abroad opportunities (listed below) or visit UA Study Abroad for a complete list of available programs.
- Amazon Rainforest Conservation Biology: Quito, Ecuador
- Desert Ecology and Conservation Biology: Namibia
- Environmental Conservation in Australia: Australia
- Mediterranean Diet and Health: Verona, Italy
We host numerous student-focused events each year because being connected to the college is important. Each fall semester we host a New Student Welcome, Student Club Fair, and a Fall Harvest Celebration. In the spring semester, we celebrate Student Appreciation Days and our Senior Sendoff. Check the CALS Calendar for a complete list of all events.
- ASUA Student Government
- Graduate & Professional Student Council
- Fraternity & Sorority Programs
- Arizona Student Media
- Inclusion & Multicultural Affairs
- Late Night Programs