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A Closer Look at the

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences
Dean’s Office
106 Morrill Hall
Burlington, Vermont 05405-0106


Majors and Concentrations:
  • Agricultural and Resource Entrepreneurship
  • Animal Science
      Preveterinary Science
      Equine Science
      Dairy Production
      General Animal Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Community and International Development
  • Dietetics
  • Ecological Agriculture
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Plant Biology
  • Public Communication
  • Self-Designed Major
  • Sustainable Landscape Horticulture
  • Undecided
  • The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is one of seven academic units offering undergraduate degrees at the University of Vermont. CALS’ programs emphasize life sciences, agriculture and food systems, environmental stewardship and the preservation of healthy, rural communities. Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences learn how to make a difference in our changing world. Rigorous course work, research in state-of-the-art labs, hands-on experiences, and relevant internships provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to solve important societal problems and ensure a more sustainable planet. Award- winning faculty in the College promote high standards and encourage educational excellence that will serve students throughout their professional careers.

    The College is recognized for its commitment to student advising and promotes significant student-faculty interaction. We believe that advising is important to a student’s success here, so each undergraduate gets individual attention from his or her advisor. Advisors provide a broad range of support, helping students develop high- quality academic programs as well as guidance in career choices later on. Each first-year student is also introduced to the campus and to college life through our acclaimed, two-semester course called Foundations.


    The College is divided into six departments, offering Bachelor of Science degrees in sixteen majors. We encourage students to tailor their academic programs to fit their individual interests, needs and goals. Students may choose to add a minor to their degree programs, but it is not required. Qualified students have the option of a self-designed major. Entering students unsure of which academic path to follow can apply as “Undecided” as they explore the college’s many programs. Students generally have flexibility within their required curricula to explore electives across campus.


    Faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have developed a strong core curriculum of courses from a variety of disciplines.
    1. Physical Sciences and Life Sciences – 6 to 8 hours, two courses
    2. Social Sciences – 6 hours, two courses
    3. Humanities and Fine Arts – 6 hours, two courses
    4. Communication Skills – 6 hours, writing and oral communication
    5. Information Technology Skills – 3 hours
    6. Analytical Skills – 6 hours, mathematics and statistics
    7. Race and Culture – one course

    Each major has its own set of required courses. A typical semester includes 15 to 18 credit hours. To earn a degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, you must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.00 and complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of course work, plus two additional credit hours of physical education.


    The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences encourages students to pursue academic opportunities beyond the classroom. Programs are enhanced by on-campus facilities, modern laboratories, and undergraduate research for which the College is renowned. In addition, options abound for off-campus internships, independent study, and study abroad. Students ready for greater challenge may pursue research through the undergraduate College Honors Program.


    Graduates of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences may continue with advanced study in human and animal medicine, education, industry and research, for example. They are also prepared to work in such fields as dietetics, horticulture, landscape design, biotechnology, international and rural development, ecological agriculture, equine management, organic farming, and environmental policy.

    If you would like more specific information, contact the Dean’s office at the address shown. If you would like to schedule a personal tour of the College and UVM campus, please contact the UVM Admissions office at: (802) 656-3370.


    Animal Science
    Dr. Thomas McFadden, Chair
    Terrill Hall
    (802) 656-0155
    Environmental Studies
    Ibit Getchell, Student Services Coordinator
    Bittersweet Building
    (802) 656-0176
    or Dr. Ian Worley, Director
    Bittersweet Building
    (802) 656-4055
    Dr. John Burke & Dr. Chris Landry, Co-directors
    220B Stafford Hall
    (802) 656-8503
    Microbiology / Molecular Genetics
    Dr. Douglas Johnson
    Stafford Building
    (802) 656-8203
    or Brenda Tessmann
    Stafford Building
    (802) 656-8254
    Dr.Thomas Vogelmann, Chair
    Marsh Life Science Bldg
    (802) 656-2930
    Nutrition and Food Sciences / Dietetics
    Dr. Jean Harvey-Berino, Chair
    Terrill Hall
    (802) 656-3374
    Integrated Biological Science
    Dr. David Kerr & Dr. Allison Brody, Co-directors
    213 Terrill Hall
    (802) 656-2113
    Ecological Agriculture / Sustainable Landscape Horticulture
    Dr. Milton Tignor
    Hills Building
    (802) 656-0466
    or Dr. Deborah Neher, Chair
    Hills Building
    (802) 656-0474
    Agricultural and Resource Entrepreneurship / Community and International Development / Public Communication
    Dr. Jane Kolodinsky, Chair
    Morrill Hall
    (802) 656-2001
    Self-Designed Major
    Dr. Jonathan Leonard, Program Director
    Morrill Hall
    (802) 656-2979
    Environmental Sciences
    Dr. Donald Ross
    Hills Building
    (802) 656-0138
    Rose Laba, CALS Dean’s Office
    Morrill Hall
    (802) 656-0289, Fax: (802) 656-0290

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