University of Vermont
A Closer Look at the
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences
106 Morrill Hall
Burlington, Vermont 05405-0106
General Animal Science
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.
FLEXIBILITY, INDIVIDUALITYThe 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.
YOUR COURSE OF STUDYFaculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have developed a strong core curriculum of courses from a variety of disciplines.
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.
A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIESThe 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.
PREPARED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCEGraduates 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.
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