We balance classroom learning with practical application so that you gain valuable, on-the-job experience long before you graduate. You will roll up your sleeves and learn alongside top researchers and industry leaders in biotechnology, agriculture, medicine and beyond as you explore opportunities related to the major. Advisors and faculty mentors will help you find the right opportunities for you.
Internships and Hands-on Learning
With the University of Arizona’s unique approach to career readiness, 92 percent of employers say UA grads have the skills needed to succeed on the job. Here, you’ll engage in experiential learning that equips you with the confidence, connections, and expertise to achieve a successful, fulfilling career.
The University of Arizona’s 100% Engagement program draws attention to these real-world experiences on your transcript so potential employers can’t miss your relevant industry experience.
There are seven competency areas: Civic and Community Responsibility, Diversity and Identity, Global and Intercultural Comprehension, Innovation and Creativity, Interdisciplinarity, Professionalism, Sustainability.
Engagement courses for Plant Sciences majors include:
- PLS/PLP 399, PLS/PLP 499 Independent Study
- PLS/PLP 392, PLS/PLP 492 Directed Research
- PLS/PLP 393, PLS/PLP493 Internship
With these courses, students work in faculty research settings, and campus facilities including the Arizona Genomics Institute, The BIO5 Institude, The UA Herbarium, scientific institutes around the world and industry partners in the southwest. Students apply knowledge of biology, genetics, genomics and biotechnology to improve plants grown for food, medicines, fuel and materials.