Meet the Majors

14 CALS Majors to Prep You for Success

Earn a bachelor of science in a variety of agriculture and life science disciplines. With 14 majors to choose from and over 30 different emphasis areas, you can easily customize your degree to fit you and your career goals. Visit UA Degree Search for more information on all degree programs in the college as well as the university.

Agribusiness Economics & Management

Management of the world's natural and human resources (land, people, food, water). Study agribusiness management, finance, economics, environmental regulation and quantitative techniques. Choose business management or agricultural economics.

Agricultural Technology Management & Education

Integration, application, and dissemination of knowledge in science, technical agriculture, and the principles/techniques of the teaching–learning process, communication, and leadership. Choose agricultural technology management, teaching, or leadership and communication.

Animal Sciences

Food safety, equine or dairy production, industry/production of animal systems, marketing, research/utilization of animals in agriculture, entertainment and companionship. Choose Animal Industry, Equine, Science and Pre-Professional or Race Track Industry.

Biosystems Engineering

Integrate engineering, mathematics and biology to design soil and water resource management systems and design biomedical and biological innovations. Focus on intentional use of energy, materials, biochemicals and recyclables. Choose water resource engineering or biological engineering.

Environmental Science

Integrate biology, ecology, chemistry, physics and agriculture with the study of environmental quality of land; courses in law, political science, economics and safety. Choose land and water, environmental microbiology, environmental health sciences, environmental systems or environmental biology.

Environmental & Water Resource Economics

Prepares students for careers in natural resource and environmental management. Training in economic, social, and physical aspects of environmental problems. You are encouraged to minor in a complementary field such as political science, watershed management, or soil and water science.

Family Studies & Human Development

Establish a foundation in family/interpersonal processes and human development across the life span. Complementary courses provide a background in social, behavioral, and biological sciences, as well as career-enhancing skills in research, writing, communication, and program planning/evaluation.

Microbiology

Focus on microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, parasites, protozoans, etc. Learn about diseases and how microbes interact with environment and host organisms. Suitable for pre-med, pre-vet, pre-pharm, and pre-health students as well as other graduate programs or immediate employment.

Natural Resources

Learn physical, biological and social sciences to protect and manage natural resources. Conservation Biology; Wildlife or Fisheries Conservation & Management; Ecology, Management & Restoration of Rangelands; Watershed Management & Ecohydrology; Global Change Ecology & Management.

Nutritional Sciences

Combine medicine, food chemistry, cell biology, and biochemistry, and focus on nutrition and foods in health/disease for humans and animals. Choose either dietetics and become a registered dietitian (RD) or nutrition and prepares for careers in the food/food supplement industries, and nutrition research.

Plant Sciences

Training in fundamental sciences, customized with electives in fields like genetics, genomics, development, biotechnology, plant pathology, environmental horticulture and sustainable agriculture. Optional research training prepare students for post-graduate studies and careers.

Retailing and Consumer Sciences

Retail marketing of products and services to consumers. Examine marketing and management principles applied across a spectrum of national and global businesses including store, catalog, internet and service firms that support these retailers. One of the few 4-year undergraduate retailing programs nationally.

Sustainable Plant Systems

Solid foundation in modern agriculture and crop production: field crop, permanent tree crop production, and/or a broad array of horticultural crops that are grown throughout the western United States and other regions in the world. Fundamentals derived can be applied to crop production systems and soil and water management anywhere in the world.

Veterinary Science

Explore human–animal relationships, animal reproduction and care of animal populations. Curriculum includes chemistry, physics, microbiology, anatomy, physiology and immunology, as well as classes on diseases and their causes. Other electives include nutrition, animal management and production, business and histology.

Don't worry! Our advisors can help you have a successful first year even if you enter the college as undeclared. Contact Ms. Nancy Rodriguez-Lorta by email for more information.