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 have the option during their academic career to pursue two or more majors within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as well as complete one or more minors 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 or staff coordinator regarding requirements and opportunities for concentrations in the major.
Agricultural sciences: Kari Richards, 707 Bradfield Hall, email@example.com
Animal science: Carol McEvoy, 149 Morrison Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Applied economics and management: Nicole Heasley, B60B Warren Hall, email@example.com
Atmospheric science: Mark Wysocki, 1114 Bradfield Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Biological engineering: Brenda Marchewka, 207 Riley-Robb Hall, email@example.com
Biological sciences: Amy Haner, 216 Stimson Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Biology & society: Stacey Stone, 306 Rockefeller Hall, email@example.com
Biometry and statistics: Beatrix Johnson, 1198 Comstock Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication: Andrea Poag, 451 Mann Library Building, email@example.com
Development sociology: Allison Barrett, 240D Warren Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Entomology: Stephanie Westmiller, 2134 Comstock Hall, email@example.com
Environmental engineering: Brenda Marchewka, 207 Riley–Robb Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental and sustainability sciences: Suzanne Wapner, G15 Fernow, email@example.com
Food science: Marin Cherry, M10C Stocking Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Global & public health sciences: Terry Mingle, B21 Savage Hall, email@example.com
Information science: Ani Mercincavage, 110H Gates Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Interdisciplinary studies: Lisa Ryan, CALS Student Services Office, 140 Roberts Hall, email@example.com
International agriculture and rural development: Diane Munn, 609 Bradfield Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Landscape architecture: Jamie Vanucchi, 454 Kennedy Hall, email@example.com
Nutritional sciences: Terry Mingle, B21 Savage Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant sciences: Leah Cook, 135C Plant Science, email@example.com
Science of earth systems: Savannah Williams, 2124 Snee Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Viticulture and enology: Marin Cherry, M10C Stocking Hall, email@example.com
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).
Graduate and Professional Fields of Study
Graduate study is organized by fields that generally coincide with the academic departments but may draw faculty from several disciplines in the various colleges of the university. The following graduate fields have primary affiliation in Agriculture and Life Sciences. Current directors of graduate studies are also listed. For more information on graduate programs, please refer to the Graduate School’s website. Information following this list refers to undergraduate studies.
Agriculture and life sciences [M.P.S. (agr.)]: Don Viands, 174 Roberts Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Animal science: Michael Thonney, 114 Morrison Hall, email@example.com
Applied economics and management: PhD: David Just, 210C Warren Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org. MS: Calum Turvey, 450A Warren Hall, email@example.com. MPS: David Ng, 310D Warren Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Atmospheric sciences: David Hysell, 3114 Snee Hall, email@example.com
Biochemistry, molecular, and cell biology: Marcus Smolka, 339 Weill Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Biological and environmental engineering: Peter Hess, 202 Riley-Robb Hall, email@example.com
Biophysics: Gerald W. Feigenson, 201 Biotechnology Bldg., firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication: Susan Fussell, 484 Mann Library Building, email@example.com
Computational Biology: Jason Mezey, 101B Biotechnology Bldg., firstname.lastname@example.org
Development sociology: Lindy Williams, 265 Warren Hall, email@example.com
Ecology and evolutionary biology: Monica Geber, E413 Corson Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Entomology: Brian Nault, 525 Barton Lab, email@example.com
Environmental toxicology: Andrew Yen, T4-008 Vet Research Tower, firstname.lastname@example.org
Food science and technology: Martin Wiedmann, 341 Stocking Hall, email@example.com
Genetics, genomics and development: Robert Weiss, T2006C VRT, firstname.lastname@example.org
Horticulture: William Miller, 28 Plant Science Bldg., email@example.com
International agriculture and rural development [M.P.S. (agr.)]: James Lassoie, 201 Fernow Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
International development: James Lassoie, 201 Fernow Hall, email@example.com
Landscape architecture [M.L.A.]: Josh Cerra, 444 Kennedy Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
M.P.S. agriculture with Peace Corps option (offered by most agriculture fields with M.P.S. programs): Terry Tucker, B75 Mann, or see director of graduate studies for chosen field, email@example.com
Microbiology: Marcus Smolka, 439 Weill Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural resources: Joseph Yavitt, G21 Fernow Hall, email@example.com
Neurobiology and behavior: TBD. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Nutritional sciences: Barbara Strupp, 217 Weill Hall & 102 Savage Hall, email@example.com
Physiology: Mark Roberson, T4-018 Vet Research Tower, firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant biology: Michael Scanlon, 140 Emerson Hall, email@example.com
Plant breeding and genetics: Michael Mazourek, 248 Emerson Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant pathology and plant-microbe biology: Adam Bogdanove, 360 Plant Science Bldg., email@example.com
Soil and crop sciences: Dan Buckley, 705 Bradfield Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Statistics: Giles Hooker, 1186 Comstock Hall, email@example.com
Zoology and Wildlife Conservation: Ned J. Place, S1-088 Schurman Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)
The M.P.S. program is designed especially for those who are interested in the growing complexity and diversity of systems and issues in the agricultural, life, social, and environmental sciences and offers challenging opportunities for those with appropriate skills, experience, and educational backgrounds. People who have already embarked on professional careers and those who plan to continue education in their current fields or related ones often select this program.
The M.P.S. program is typically a one-year program that emphasizes breadth of training via course work rather than research experience. M.P.S. degree candidates take the same courses as other graduate students and complete a problem-solving project. CALS offers a variety of M.P.S. degree concentrations tailored to each student’s professional graduate development objectives..
The dual degree in regional planning (M.R.P.) and landscape architecture (M.L.A.) prepares students for work in areas such as physical planning, environmental analysis, community development, and urban design — skills which are highly sought after in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Concurrent degree candidates may earn two distinct and independent graduate degrees from both colleges and must satisfy all requirements for both degrees. For further information about the Dual Master’s of Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture, visit the City and Regional Planning website.