Courses of Study 2011-2012 
    Mar 20, 2018  
Courses of Study 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Degree Programs

In the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences .

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences offers programs leading to the degrees bachelor of science, master of science, and doctor of philosophy. Professional degrees include the master of professional studies, master of landscape architecture, and master of arts in teaching. Some registered professional licensing and certification programs are also available.

Each curriculum in the college creditable toward a degree is registered with the New York State Education Department.

Bachelor of Science Degree

Departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences sponsor study for the B.S. degree in 24 major programs. To qualify for the degree, students must fulfill requirements established by the faculty of the college and administered through the Office of Academic Programs. Students are admitted into a single major but afterwards may pursue and graduate with two or more majors within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Students need an advisor in each major. Course requirements for double majors may overlap. The Counseling and Advising Office (140 Roberts Hall) and department representatives have a form for students to complete to officially recognize the double major.

The college learning outcomes expected for all students to earn a B.S. degree are listed below:

  • Explain, evaluate, and effectively interpret factual claims, theories, and assumptions in the student’s discipline(s) (especially in one or more of the college’s priority areas of land grant–agricultural sciences, applied social sciences, environmental sciences, and/or life sciences) and more broadly in the sciences and humanities
  • Find, access, critically evaluate, and ethically use information
  • Integrate quantitative and qualitative information to reach defensible and creative conclusions
  • Communicate effectively through writing, speech, and visual information
  • Articulate the views of people with diverse perspectives
  • Demonstrate the capability to work both independently and in cooperation with others

The following units offer major fields of study for undergraduates. A faculty advising coordinator is listed for each unit. Students should consult with the faculty coordinator regarding requirements and opportunities for concentrations in the major.


Agricultural sciences: Antonio DiTommaso, 903 Bradfield Hall,

Agricultural science education: Travis Park, 420 Kennedy Hall,

Animal science: James Giles, 411 Morrison Hall,

Applied economics and management: Dale Grossman, 114 Warren Hall,

Atmospheric science: Mark Wysocki, 1114 Bradfield Hall,

Biological engineering: Jean Hunter, 207 Riley-Robb Hall,

Biological sciences: Bonnie Comella, 216 Stimson Hall,

Biology and society: Brian Chabot, 102 Little Rice,

Biometry and statistics: 607-255-5488, 1198 Comstock Hall,

Communication: Danielle Dean-Manzer, 334 Kennedy Hall,

Crop and soil sciences: Antonio DiTommaso, 903 Bradfield Hall,

Development sociology: Tom Hirschl, 333 Warren Hall,

Entomology: Cole Gilbert, 6136 Comstock Hall,

Environmental engineering: Jean Hunter, 207 Riley–Robb Hall,

Food science: Alicia Orta-Ramirez, 107 Stocking Hall,

Information science: Christine Stenglein, 303 Upson Hall,

Interdisciplinary studies: Lisa Ryan, 140 Roberts Hall,

International agriculture and rural development: Peter Hobbs, 611 Bradfield Hall,

Landscape architecture: Kathryn Gleason, 454 Kennedy Hall,

Natural resources: Tim Fahey, 12 Fernow Hall,

Nutritional sciences: Charles McCormick, 223 Savage Hall,

Plant sciences (crop science; horticulture; plant biology; plant breeding and genetics; plant pathology/protection): George Hudler, 334 Plant Sciences Bldg.,

Science of earth systems: Natalie Mahowald, 2140 Snee Hall,

Science of natural and environmental systems: Tim Fahey, 12 Fernow Hall,

Viticulture and enology: Ian Merwin, 118 Plant Sciences Bldg.,


Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences may pursue one or more minor fields of study in any department in any college that offers them, subject to limitations placed by the department offering the minor or by the student’s major. Minor fields of study do not require an academic advisor, but each minor field has a contact person who will provide information and verify on the application to graduate that the student will successfully complete the requirements of the minor by graduation. Students may complete as many minors as they wish; the requirements of minors may overlap. Minors are described along with the majors later in the CALS section of this catalog. Not all majors or departments offer minors. Minors available at the university can be found on Cornell University’s academics website (