University of Vermont

2012-2013 Catalogue

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Contact Information

University of Vermont
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
108 Morrill Hall
146 University Place
Burlington, VT 05405

Phone: (802) 656-2980
Fax: (802) 656-0290

Web Site Link out of catalogue site.


The programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) emphasize life sciences, agriculture and food systems, environmental protection, and the preservation of healthy rural communities. In cooperation with the Agricultural Experiment Station and the University of Vermont Extension Service, the college performs the four public functions of teaching, research, disseminating information, and providing related services.

As an integral part of the University of Vermont, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences helps fulfill the university’s mission to discover, interpret and share knowledge; to prepare students to lead productive, responsible, and creative lives; and to promote the application of relevant knowledge to benefit the State of Vermont and society as a whole.

The college faculty strive for excellence in undergraduate education as evidenced by a sustained and enviable record of university teaching award winners. The college emphasizes the importance of each individual student and promotes significant student-faculty interaction. Students are provided with a firm foundation in the social and life sciences in order to excel and meet the challenges in future professional careers. Faculty and peer advisors provide a broad range of support to help students develop high-quality academic programs that meet individual needs.

Opportunities abound for off-campus experiences such as internships, independent study, and study abroad. Graduates of the college are successfully meeting the requirements to pursue advanced education. Career choices are broad, but focus primarily on agribusiness, dietetics, international and rural development, agriculture, veterinary and human medicine, biotechnology, nutrition, research and teaching, horticulture, and plant sciences.

Academic study is enhanced by the on-campus and field facilities, the labs, and the research for which the college is renowned. Many CALS faculty, working through the Experiment Station, conduct mission-oriented, applied agricultural research, and encourage undergraduate participation.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences welcomes applications from international students. The specific procedures and requirements are outlined in the “Admissions” section of this catalogue found under “Policies and General Information”.

The office of the dean of the college is located in Rooms 106 and 108 in Morrill Hall. For more information contact the Student Services office at or call 802-656-2980.


The college’s instructional units include six departments: Animal Science; Community Development and Applied Economics; Nutrition and Food Sciences; Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (a department shared with the College of Medicine); Plant and Soil Sciences; Plant Biology; and interdepartmental programs in Biochemistry, Biological Science, Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies.

Major Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded for the following programs:

  • Animal Science - with concentrations in:
    • Dairy Production/Farm Management
    • Equine Science
    • General Animal Science
    • Pre-veterinary/Pre-professional Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Community Entrepreneurship
  • Community and International Development
  • Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Ecological Agriculture
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Plant Biology - with concentrations in:
    • General Plant Biology
    • Plant Molecular Biology
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Plants
  • Public Communication
  • Self-Designed Major
  • Sustainable Landscape Horticulture


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