Our Mission

To be a premier center for learning, research and outreach that finds solutions to diverse environmental challenges to improve the quality of all life.

  • We educate and train future generations to solve environmental issues at the intersection of biology, chemistry, physics and social sciences.

  • We collaborate with industrial and professional partners to identify and apply practical and scientific solutions to current and emerging human-environmental challenges.

  • We engage the community, including under-served populations, through extension services and citizen science. 

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

We view championing diversity and inclusion as the only way to equitably and successfully solve the grand challenges associated with human-environment interactions.

The University of Arizona embraces and practices diversity and inclusiveness, and our department supports and protects all forms of social identities, including but not limited to: age, disability status, ethnicity, gender expression, gender identity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion and veteran status.


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For Students

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Housed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona, our faculty and research covers the full breadth and depth of environmental sciences, with strong expertise in arid and water-limited regions.

We were formally known as the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science (SWES) but as of July 1, 2019 are the Department of Environmental Science (ENVS).

Environmental Science 2019-2025 Strategic Plan

The U.S. News and World Report ranks the University of Arizona #1 in Arizona and #60 in the nation among public universities. Also named Arizona's best college in Forbes, the University of Arizona graduates students who are sought after by the top employers around the world.

Established in 1885, the University of Arizona, the state's land-grant university with two medical schools, produces graduates who are real-world ready through its 100% Engagement initiative. Recognized as a global leader, the UA is also a leader in research, bringing more than $622 million in research investment each year, and ranking 22nd among all public universities. The UA is advancing the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships and is a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $8.3 billion annually.