Morrill Hall, home to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean's Office

The 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 and in 2018, our faculty brought in over $17 million in sponsored research funding. In addition, CALS maintains a number of off-campus research facilities 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. In 2017, we welcomed UVM Extension back into the College, a reintegration that strengthens this outreach-research-education connection. As the University’s land-grant outreach education provider since 1913, UVM Extension focuses on solving current societal and environmental issues, and providing service to citizens of the state.

UVM Extension’s programs are designed to protect and enhance the unique quality of life in Vermont, characterized by a thriving economy, resilient youth, strong sense of community, and deeply engrained connection to agriculture and the natural environment. Specific areas of focus include improving and maintaining water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin and the Connecticut River Valley, supporting the viability, sustainability and safety of food and agricultural businesses, providing educational services and nutrition programs which support healthy living, and promoting positive youth development and prevention through school-community partnerships.

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.

Fast Facts:

  • 1,375 undergraduates (2018-19)
  • 122 graduate students (2018-19)
  • 17 majors offered
  • 18 minors offered
  • 18 concentrations
  • 6 undergraduate departments
  • 4 cross college programs
  • 276 first year enrollment (Fall 2018)
  • $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