In 1885-nearly three decades before Arizona became a state-the thirteenth territorial legislature approved $25,000 for building The University of Arizona in Tucson. The first classes convened in 1891, when 32 students and six teachers met in the original building now known as Old Main.

The University has developed in accordance with the Act of Congress of July 2, 1862, known as the Morrill Act. This legislation created the land-grant colleges and enabled the institution to obtain federal funds for its original schools of agriculture and mines.

In its early days, there were more students in the preparatory department than in the University proper, and the number of University graduates was never more than ten a year. Then came a decade of rapid expansion. The territory became a state, high schools multiplied, and the preparatory department was closed. In 1915, the University was reorganized as three colleges-the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences (later Liberal Arts); the College of Mines and Engineering; and the College of Agriculture. The Arizona Bureau of Mines was established the same year.

In 1922, the College of Education was organized, and in 1925 offerings in law, originally established in 1915, were organized under the College of Law. The School of Business and Public Administration, established within the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences in 1934, was reorganized as a separate college in 1944. In 1934 the Department of Home Economics was enlarged to a school within the College of Agriculture. In 1934 the College of Fine Arts, including the School of Music, and the Graduate College were established. In 1940 the Board of Regents reorganized the College of Mines and Engineering into two separate colleges. In 1967 the School of Earth Sciences was organized within the College of Mines, and became the College of Earth Sciences in 1971. In 1947 the School of Pharmacy was organized within the College of Liberal Arts, and was given separate status as the College of Pharmacy in 1949. The Board of Regents in 1956 authorized the establishment of the School of Nursing as a division of the College of Liberal Arts, and in 1964 the school became the College of Nursing. The Department of Architecture in the College of Fine Arts, authorized in 1958, became the College of Architecture in 1964. The Board of Regents authorized the College of Medicine in 1961. In 1974 the School of Renewable Natural Resources was approved as a new unit of the College of Agriculture. The School of Health-Related Professions was authorized by the Board of Regents in 1977. In 1982 the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Fine Arts were reorganized into the College of Arts and Sciences, which includes the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences. In 1984, the departments that constituted the former College of Earth Sciences were reorganized to become part of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering, and the School of Home Economics was renamed the School of Family and Consumer Resources. In 1985, the College of Mines combined with the College of Engineering to become the College of Engineering and Mines.

The 40-acre campus of the 1890s, then some miles outside Tucson, has grown to 345 acres and 155 buildings. Its stated purpose remains: "to provide the inhabitants of this state with the means of acquiring a thorough knowledge of the various branches of literature, science, and the arts," and, insofar as possible, to provide a technical education adapted to the development of the resources peculiar to Arizona. The University is maintained by funds appropriated by the State of Arizona and the United States government, and by fees and collections including private grants from many sources.


The responsibility for administering the state's public universities resides with the Arizona Board of Regents. The President of the University is appointed by the Arizona Board of Regents and serves as the University's chief executive officer. The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost is the University's chief academic officer and the Senior Vice President for Business Affairs is the University's chief fiscal and operations officer. Two vice presidents and five vice provosts report to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.They are the Vice President for Research; Vice President for Student Affairs; Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Vice Provost, College of Agriculture; Vice Provost, College of Engineering and Mines; Vice Provost for Health Sciences; and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs.

Eleven colleges comprise the academic divisions of the University. Colleges have principal responsibility for determining degree requirements, including the general education program required for each degree. The eleven colleges are the College of Agriculture, the College of Architecture, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Administration, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Mines, the College of Law, the College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, and the Graduate College. Arts and Sciences is divided into Science, Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Each college and each division within Arts and Sciences is administered by a dean who has responsibility for academic programs and policies.

Within colleges are schools, departments, divisions, or committees which have direct responsibility for course offerings and for determination of requirements for majors. The academic programs offered by the University through its various units are listed in the chart which follows in this section of the catalog. Course offerings are listed according to the offering department in the Departments and Courses of Instruction section of this catalog.


More detailed information may be found under listings for the specific college or department.

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE-Schools: Family and Consumer Resources (with divisions in Family Studies; Retailing and Consumer Studies); Renewable Natural Resources (with programs in Landscape Architecture; Range Management; Watershed Management; Wildlife and Fisheries Science). Departments: Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering; Agricultural and Resource Economics; Agricultural Education; Animal Sciences; Entomology; Nutritional Sciences; Plant Pathology; Plant Sciences; Soil and Water Science; Undergraduate Program in Microbiology; Veterinary Science. University Departments: Biochemistry; Molecular and Cellular Biology.


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES- Schools: Music; Library Science. Departments: Anthropology; Art; Astronomy; Atmospheric Sciences; Chemistry; Classics; Communication; Computer Science; East Asian Studies, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; English; French and Italian; Geography and Regional Development; Geosciences; German Studies; History; Journalism; Linguistics; Mathematics; Media Arts; Near Eastern Studies; Philosophy; Physics; Planetary Sciences; Political Science; Psychology; Russian and Slavic Languages; Sociology; Spanish and Portuguese; Speech and Hearing Sciences; Statistics; Theatre Arts. University Departments: Biochemistry; Microbiology and Immunology; Molecular and Cellular Biology. Committees: African American Studies; Critical Languages; Dance; Judaic Studies; Mexican American Studies; Religious Studies; Russian and Soviet Studies; Women's Studies. Program: Humanities.

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION-Schools: Karl Eller Graduate School of Management; Public Administration and Policy. Departments: Accounting; Economics; Finance; Management and Policy; Management Information Systems; Marketing.

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION-Departments: Educational Administration and Higher Education; Educational Psychology; Language, Reading, and Culture; Special Education and Rehabilitation; Teaching and Teacher Education.

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND MINES-Departments: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering; Chemical and Environmental Engineering; Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Hydrology and Water Resources; Materials Science and Engineering; Mining and Geological Engineering; Nuclear and Energy Engineering; Systems and Industrial Engineering. Committee: Biomedical Engineering.


COLLEGE OF MEDICINE-Departments: Anesthesiology; Cell Biology and Anatomy; Family and Community Medicine; Medicine; Neurology; Obstetrics-Gynecology; Ophthalmology; Pathology; Pediatrics; Pharmacology; Physiology; Psychiatry; Public Health; Radiation Oncology; Radiology; Surgery. University Departments: Biochemistry; Microbiology and Immunology; Molecular and Cellular Biology.


COLLEGE OF PHARMACY-Departments: Pharmaceutical Sciences; Pharmacology and Toxicology; Pharmacy Practice.

SCHOOL OF HEALTH-RELATED PROFESSIONS-Departments: Exercise and Sport Sciences; Divisions: Community and Environmental Health; Medical Technology.

GRADUATE COLLEGE-Committees: American Indian Studies; Applied Mathematics; Arid Lands Resource Sciences; Biophysics; Cancer Biology; Cognitive Science; Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies; Epidemiology; Genetics; Gerontological Studies; Global Change; Insect Science; Latin American Studies; Neuroscience; Nutritional Sciences; Optical Sciences; Pharmacology and Toxicology; Physiological Sciences; Planning; Remote Sensing, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching.

GENERAL DEPARTMENTS-School of Military Science, Naval Science, and Military Aerospace Studies.

UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENTS-Biochemistry; Microbiology and Immunology; Molecular and Cellular Biology.