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 over 20 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 and may have the option during their academic year to pursue two or more majors within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as well as complete a minor offered by the University. Students need an advisor in each major. Course requirements for double majors may overlap. Students interested in completing a double major must contact the department of interest to complete their application procedure.
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
- Apply methods of sustainability to the analysis of one or more major challenges facing humans and the Earth’s resources.
The following units offer major fields of study for undergraduates. A department 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Animal science: James Giles, 411 Morrison Hall, email@example.com
Applied economics and management: Dale Grossman, 134 Warren Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Atmospheric science: Mark Wysocki, 1114 Bradfield Hall, email@example.com
Biological engineering: Jean Hunter, 207 Riley-Robb Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Biological sciences: Bonnie Comella, 216 Stimson Hall, email@example.com
Biology and society: Brian Chabot, 102 Little Rice, firstname.lastname@example.org
Biometry and statistics: Beatrix Johnson, 1198 Comstock Hall, email@example.com
Communication: Kathy Berggren, 312 Kennedy Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Development sociology: Tom Hirschl, 120 Academic Surge A, email@example.com
Entomology: Cole Gilbert, 6136 Comstock Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental engineering: Jean Hunter, 207 Riley–Robb Hall, email@example.com
Food science: Alicia Orta-Ramirez, 107 Stocking Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Information science: Amy Sindone, 303 Upson Hall, email@example.com
Interdisciplinary studies: CALS Student Services Office, 140 Roberts Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
International agriculture and rural development: Peter Hobbs, 611 Bradfield Hall, email@example.com
Landscape architecture: Daniel Krall, 440 Kennedy Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural resources: Tim Fahey, 104 Bruckner Hall, email@example.com
Nutritional sciences: Cha-Sook You, B17 Savage Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant sciences (crop science; horticulture; plant biology; plant breeding and genetics; plant pathology/protection): George Hudler, 315 Plant Sciences Bldg., email@example.com
Science of earth systems: Natalie Mahowald, 2140 Snee Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Science of natural and environmental systems: Tim Fahey, 104 Bruckner Hall, email@example.com
Viticulture and enology: Ian Merwin, 118 Plant Sciences Bldg., firstname.lastname@example.org
Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences may pursue one or more minor fields of study offered by any department within Cornell University, 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 offered by CALS 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 (www.cornell.edu/academics/minors.cfm).