The School of Plant Sciences has a long-standing tradition of excellence in the fundamental and applied study of plants, the organisms that underpin the survival of terrestrial life, and their associated microbes. Research within the School examines the evolution, growth and response of plants to the environment and interactions with associated microbial communities under controlled or natural conditions. Basic and applied research (including crop production, protection, and improvement) are directed toward addressing societal needs, including biofuels, enhanced nutrition, and the discovery of biomedicinal compounds.
Teaching activities within the School cover a wide-ranging curriculum, designed to provide depth and breadth of knowledge to majors and non-major undergraduate students, and to graduate students pursuing M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Faculty also actively participate in interdisciplinary research training groups within the University of Arizona.
The School of Plant Sciences grants the following degrees:
Bachelor of Science in Plant Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Plant Systems (jointly with the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science)
Master of Science in Plant Sciences
Master of Science in Plant Pathology
Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Pathology