University of Vermont

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
General Information about CALS

General Information

Fast Facts:

  • 1339 undergraduates (Fall 2015)
  • 144 graduate students (Fall 2015)
  • 16 majors offered
  • 18 minors offered
  • 18 concentrations
  • 6 undergraduate departments
  • 4 cross college programs
  • 76 full time faculty (Fall 2015)
  • 224 first year enrollment (Fall 2015)
  • 90.4% first year retention rate (Fall 2012)
  • $312,354 in scholarships given out for CALS students (FY2013)
  • $6.6 million research dollars awarded to CALS faculty (FY2015)
  • $1.9 million federal Hatch dollars awarded (FY2015)
  • 4 off site research and teaching facilities

Morrill Hall, home of the College of Agriculture and Life SciencesThe College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) plays a key role in meeting the University of Vermont’s mission as Vermont’s Land Grant University. While connected to traditional agriculture of the past, our programs address current issues that are key to the future of Vermont, the nation and the world.With a focus on the study of the life sciences, we have programs that range from the basic science of molecular genetics to plant and animal ecosystems, and from human nutrition to international development. CALS provides educational and research opportunities that reach from “cells to society”.

CALS is structured around five internal departments, one department shared with the College of Medicine (COM), four interdisciplinary programs shared with other colleges and a Self Design program.This allows the College to offer our students many options with a great deal of flexibility around courses and schedules. The college stresses a close student/advisor relationship and provides multiple opportunities for experiential learning opportunities.

In addition to our teaching mission, CALS has a strong research focus. The College serves as Vermont’s Agricultural Experiment Station, which focuses on research that will serve the interest of Vermonters. In addition to the Experiment Station research dollars, our faculty brought in an additional 6.9 million dollars in 2007 in other sponsored research funding. Also, Off-campus research facilities are maintained which provide additional opportunities for student research at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

As part of our Land Grant mission, CALS also plays a vital role in outreach to Vermonters, sharing the knowledge learned from our research with the public.

The core of the college is our faculty. The faculty in CALS have won national teaching awards, are internationally renowned in research, and sit on numerous national and international panels. While active with research, our faculty are also who you will find at the front of the classroom and take their advising role seriously. Student contract is always a primary concern. As a university, we exist to discover new knowledge, teach students and share our knowledge with our communities. CALS is successful in these tasks due to our dedicated faculty and staff.

Last modified August 21 2015 11:12 AM

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