We are cells to society.

While connected to our agricultural heritage, UVM's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences advances education, research and scholarship across the life and social sciences to build a healthier, more sustainable world. The College is proudly home to UVM Extension, which works within communities and partners across the state to help improve the health and wellbeing of Vermonters and realize the university's land-grant mission.


Our mision is to deliver collaborative, transformative research, academics, and outreach that create critical thinkers and problem solvers to build resilient, sustainable, inclusive, and healthy communities and environments.


We envision a college that moves society continuously towards science-informed decisions to help our community and environments thrive.

CALS 2022 Strategic Plan

CALS Points of Pride

  • Preparing Students for Success

    25-30% of CALS undergradute students enroll in graduate programs within six months of earning their B.S. degree - the highest rate of any college on campus.

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Academic Offerings

CALS consists of six academic departments and two cross-college undergraduate programs that center around creating interdisciplinary and applied learning opportunities for students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. 

Undergraduate Programs

We are is home to 14 undergraduate majors and 19 minors spanning the life and social sciences. Our programs range from the basic science of molecular genetics to plant and animal ecosystems, and from human nutrition to international development.

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Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs offer opportunities to pursue specialized study, and inspire and motivate students through diverse research methods, transdisciplinary and systems thinking. In addition to our masters and doctoral programs, we offer a number of professional programs and five Accelerated Master's programs, enabling students to earn their bachelor's and master's degree in five years.

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Dean Leslie Parise

"Our faculty, staff and students are doing amazing, high-impact work and are incredibly passionate about making a difference locally and around the world."

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Fast Facts:

  • 1,376 undergraduates (Spring 2022)
  • 293 first year enrollment (Fall 2021)
  • 99 master's degree candidates (Spring 2022)
  • 68 doctoral degree candidates (Spring 2022)
  • 17 postdoctoral associates (Spring 2022)
  • 14 undergraduate majors
  • 19 undergraduate minors
  • 6 undergraduate academic departments
  • 2 cross-college programs
  • $32.4 million research dollars (FY21)
  • 5 off site research and teaching facilities
  • Approx. 120 faculty across academic units and Extension
  • Approx. 160 staff members