Community Science Scholars

The College of Science is pleased to announce the Community Science Scholars Program. This new initiative allows members of the local community to audit science classes at the UA for a reduced tuition rate. The goals are to increase the College’s engagement with the local community and give lifelong learners a chance to learn from our world-class science faculty.

Over two dozen classes are offered this Fall semester. Classes span ten departments within the College of Science, from life and physical sciences to mathematics. Examples include Golden Age of Planetary Exploration, Frontiers of Brain Science, Foundations of Biochemistry, Historical Geology, Bioinformatics Seminar, and Astronomy and the Arts. Instructors include award-winning teachers, University Distinguished Professors, and Department Heads. We hope to expand the range of offerings in the Spring 2018 semester and beyond.

Participants in the UA Community Science Scholars Program:

  • Must apply to the UA as a non-degree seeking student.
  • Must choose from a menu of pre-selected science classes in which to be enrolled.
  • Must be enrolled as auditors for non-credit, meaning they can attend the classes and participate in discussions, but aren’t required to submit written work or take exams. 
  • Pay $150 for each credit hour ($450 for a typical 3-unit class), a fraction of what credit-earning students pay.
  • Are exempt from mandatory campus fees (with the exception of the state-legislated Arizona Financial Aid Trust fee of $25.25 for a 3-unit course).
  • May take up to two classes per academic year (they can both be in the same semester).
  • Get a free UA email account, and can purchase a CatCard for $25 for access to the UA Libraries and other campus services.

Spring 2018 classes begin January 10. A small number of seats are open to auditors, and they’re filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage you to start the process right away. On this page you will find information about the program. In particular, you will find:

(1)  The Application to enroll as a non-degree seeking student. For questions about Admissions, please contact Jennifer Bevins, Assistant Director of Admissions Processing, at (520) 626-9488.

  • Please note that Scholars only have to apply to the program once, as long as they complete a class their first term, AND remain continuously enrolled for each subsequent semester. Scholars who take a semester off must reapply for admission once they are ready to return.

(2) You will receive an email when you have been admitted, usually within 4-5 days. Next, there is a Checklist to guide you through setting up a UA NetID and UA email address, enrolling and paying for classes, and accessing course materials.

(3) There will be a class list posted late in November to let you know what you can audit next semester, with days and times the classes meet, descriptions of the classes, links to instructor biographies, and links to the locations of the classes. If there is a class you don't see in this list that you would like to see offered in a future semester, please contact Chris Impey (below).

For examples of previously offered classes, please see the Fall 2017 Class List.

(4) Finally, there is a set of Parking Tips to outline the various parking options while studying at the UA.

We look forward to seeing you on campus and hope you enjoy this new program!


Chris Impey
University Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean, College of Science
(520) 621-0656

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