ProgramsThematics & Minors
A computer science minor is a great way for students to expand their skill set. Students can complement basic programming courses with course covering a wide variety of topics, to develop great critical and logical thinking skills and stand out from the crowd,
A minor in early childhood education will allow students to combine their knowledge of their major discipline with an understanding of educational practices and issues. The ultimate goal of this minor is to produce graduates who are educated in their major eld of study and who understand and appreciate education that positively impacts the community. The service learning experience embedded in this minor will enable students to apply their knowledge and skills to meaningful service experiences in the community.
The undergraduate Minor in Educational Technology offers a hands-on curriculum where students gain a strong background on the theoretical and practical uses of technology in learning and teaching environments. Students develop skills in producing high quality instructional materials using emerging technologies. This minor program is open to all major degree offerings due to its availability to a wide range of academic principles. This minor is offered fully online.
The Human Services minor will help students develop the knowledge and skills in program planning, human development and social issues to build long-term careers in the social services field.
The term informatics is broadly used to describe the study and practice of creating, storing, finding, manipulating and sharing information. It uses computation as a universal tool to solve problems in other fields to communicate and to express ideas. Informatics is not a computer science minor; rather, it focuses on computing in the interdisciplinary context of system administration, software development, information management and educational technology.
The minor in Intelligence Studies allows students to study the historical and political context of the intelligence field and provides a deeper understanding of world regions critical to U.S. national and international intelligence communities.
A minor in Math will enhance a student’s ability to think logically, problem solve and apply quantitative methods to their major field. A minor in Math is designed for students who want to further their knowledge of mathematics and is beneficial for students majoring in such disciplines as physics, engineering, business, economics and the life and social sciences.
Students who pursue a minor in Microbiology will gain a basic understanding of the biology of microorganisms and how they interact with their surroundings. They will learn about the interaction of microorganisms in the environment and what critical niches microorganisms overall in an environment’s health. Microbiology minors will also learn about bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites and how they relate to their environment.
The Nutritional Sciences Minor provides students with a foundation of knowledge in nutritional sciences, food studies, food systems and population health. Students examine food and nutrition practices and policies that affect sustainable diets and long-term health. The minor offers a multidisciplinary perspective of the food environment, including the interplay of food and nutrition, human behavior, business, culture and the environment. The Nutritional Science minor can only be awarded to degree seeking students currently attending the University of Arizona.
Organizational Leadership courses are based on theory, but focus on the application of psychological principles to work settings. This approach allows students to gain insight into crucial leadership topics and to gain a deep understanding of organizational processes and the interactions between leaders and followers. In the required capstone course students will complete a project within their communities.
A minor in Plant Science gives students a thorough introduction to plant biology and is compatible with like science majors including Microbiology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology and Environmental Science.
A minor in Psychology will help the student understand human behavior and mental processes such as language, thinking and memory and apply this knowledge in daily living. The student will improve critical thinking skills and gain knowledge about how to predict how humans behave in different situations.
A minor in Spanish allows students to gain proficiencies in Spanish language, composition, communication skills cultural knowledge and stylistics, with an exposure to Spanish-speaking cultures and literature.
The minor in Systems and Industrial Engineering allows the student insight into the basics of Systems or Industrial Engineering. Engineering management major students are not eligible for the traditional Systems and Industrial Engineering minor track.