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.


The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences helps fulfill the University’s mission to discover, interpret, and share knowledge, to prepare students to lead productive, responsible, and creative lives, and to promote the application of relevant knowledge to benefit society.

CALS Points of Pride

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    Home to UVM Extension

    With 12 offices located throughout the state, UVM Extension faculty and staff work to help improve the quality of life of Vermonters through research-based educational programs and practical information. For more than 100 years, UVM Extension has delivered education tailored to local needs.

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Academic Offerings

CALS consists of six academic departments and four 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 17 undergraduate majors and 20 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

"What attracted me to CALS was the enthusiasm of everyone I met. Our faculty, staff and students are doing amazing work and are so passionate about making a difference in our communities and around the world."

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Fast Facts:

  • 1,327 undergraduates (Spring 2021)
  • 266 first year enrollment (Fall 2020)
  • 115 graduate students (Spring 2021)
  • 16 majors offered
  • 20 minors offered
  • 6 undergraduate departments
  • 4 cross college programs
  • $32.4 million research dollars (FY21)
  • 4 off site research and teaching facilities