Preparing our students for success and helping our communities thrive.
The College of Applied Science & Technology (CAST) provides opportunities for students to earn high-quality and meaningful University of Arizona degrees at sites throughout Southern Arizona, including key border communities in Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties. CAST partners with community colleges to offer regionally-relevant transfer programs that are low cost, and geographically accessible.
Students can choose from Bachelor of Applied Science programs, select Master’s programs, and a variety of continuing education programs designed to meet the workforce needs of area industry.
The College of Applied Science & Technology
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
means we support each one’s unique journey. View services
- 63% are first generation college students
- 28% are military affiliated
- 33% are Hispanic students
- Average age: 31
- Undergraduate GPA: 3.22
- Headcount: 1700 per semester
respond to the needs of our communities.
UArizona CAST offers:
1 Master’s Degree
12 Bachelor’s Degrees
make the College of Applied Science and Technology a great place to learn and work. View directory
- 27 Full-time faculty
- 64 Part-time faculty
- 31 Full-time staff
- Our faculty and staff are recognized for excellence again and again
students by empowering them to succeed.
Over $500,000 in scholarships awarded in 2020
Students Pell Grant eligible: 59%
Student to teacher ratio: 24 to 1
60% of students complete an engagement experience
WE ARE RECOGNIZED
for our innovation, leadership, and mission.
- $3 million in grants awarded in the last five years
- Recognized Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)
- Designated a Military Friendly Institution
- Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations
- Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
WE ARE DEDICATED
to making the College of Applied Science & Technology inclusive for everyone.
At CAST, we are committed to creating and maintaining an environment where all are welcome, where diversity, equity, and inclusion define who we are and who we succeed, and where different backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences are celebrated.
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
Welcome to the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) - the newest and fastest growing college at the University of Arizona!
The year 2020 was replete with issues we would like to forget but will always remember. A global pandemic we handled poorly, a summer where long-standing racial inequities boiled over, and a national election that highlighted the divides of 21 st Century America dominated the news and our communities. In the immortal words of Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
Three themes permeate all these issues: Science, technology, and social justice. These themes define what many have dubbed the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). The technologies of the 4IR such as cyber, artificial intelligence, data science, and biotechnologies are changing the world at a pace unheard of in human history. Thriving in a 4IR world demands a new approach to problem solving that anticipates, rather than reacts to change. Thriving in the 4IR also demands accessible education where everybody has the opportunity to be successful. As a Land Grant University, the University of Arizona’s strategic plan has identified preparing diverse students for this 4IR world a strategic priority. CAST supports these strategic efforts with a portfolio of majors, minors, and certificates that develop the critical thinking and skills to thrive in a 4IR world across the interconnected themes of science, technology, and human behavior.
CAST degrees and certificates offer students the opportunity to earn a coveted University of Arizona degree in a personalized and affordable way for students in Southeast Arizona, the military, and communities across the nation. CAST is leading the way to address the needs of families and workplaces in a highly volatile world through relevant, science-based education. Our award-winning programs are nationally recognized for their innovative approach to 4IR education. Both our Cyber Operations and our Intelligence Studies degrees are national centers of academic excellence. Our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment, Cyberapolis, is the epitome of educational innovation and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. All of our programs focus on quality education with academic rigor and personalized instruction in small classes to prepare you for employment in high demand career fields.
Our on-line, hybrid, and in-person programs deliver flexible degree and certificate pathways that are adaptable to the needs of almost any student. Our unique education model combines community college experience with an applied bachelor’s degree making our degrees affordable and attainable. We find the best match between your career goals and your education to ensure your success. At CAST, we believe success in the 21st Century is dependent on your ability to keep up with the dizzying pace of change that defines your world. A CAST education will provide you with the tools you need to thrive. Check us out and join us on the journey to develop the skills and ways of thinking that define success for your future!
* Prior to 2019, programs at the University of Arizona’s Sierra Vista campus were offered under the name UA South. In 2019, the Arizona Board of Regent’s changed the name of UA South to the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) . CAST continues to serve the land grant mission of the University of Arizona by providing affordable, accessible higher education in science and technology to students throughout rural areas of Southeastern Arizona and expands this access to students across the state and nation. To learn about the historical roots of CAST, check out our history page.
Dr. Gary Packard
Dean, College of Applied Science & Technology
University of Arizona classes began in 1891 with 32 students and six teachers.Learn More