Courses of Study 2016-2017 
    Jun 12, 2024  
Courses of Study 2016-2017 [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 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.

Undergraduate Majors

Agricultural sciences: Kari Richards, 707 Bradfield Hall,

Animal science: Carol McEvoy, 149 Morrison Hall,

Applied economics and management: Adrienne Wilson, B60B Warren Hall,

Atmospheric science: Mark Wysocki, 1114 Bradfield Hall,

Biological engineering: Brenda Marchewka, 207 Riley-Robb Hall,

Biological sciences: Amy Horning, 216 Stimson Hall,

Biology & society: Stacey Stone, 306 Rockefeller Hall,

Biometry and statistics: Beatrix Johnson, 1198 Comstock Hall,

Communication: Andrea Poag, 451 Mann Library Building,

Development sociology: Cindy Twardokus, 240A Warren Hall,

Entomology: Rita Stucky, 2134 Comstock Hall,

Environmental engineering: Brenda Marchewka, 207 Riley–Robb Hall,

Environmental and sustainability sciences: Suzanne Wapner, G15 Fernow,

Food science: Marin Cherry, M10C Stocking Hall,

Global & public health sciences: Terry Mingle, B21 Savage Hall,

Information science: Ani Mercincavage, 110H Gates Hall,

Interdisciplinary studies: Lisa Ryan, CALS Student Services Office, 140 Roberts Hall,

International agriculture and rural development: Diane Munn, 609 Bradfield Hall,

Landscape architecture: Peter Trowbridge, 440 Kennedy Hall,

Nutritional sciences: Terry Mingle, B21 Savage Hall,

Plant science (horticulture; plant biology; plant breeding and genetics; plant pathology and plant-microbe biology; soil and crop science): Leah Cook, 162 Plant Science,

Science of earth systems: Savannah Williams, 2124 Snee Hall,

Viticulture and enology:  Marin Cherry, M10C Stocking Hall,

Undergraduate Minors

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 (

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,

Animal science: Michael Thonney, 114 Morrison Hall,

Applied economics and management: PhD: David Just, 210C Warren Hall, MS: Calum Turvey, 450A Warren Hall, MPS: David Ng, 310D Warren Hall,

Atmospheric sciences: Natalie Mahowald, 1112 Bradfield Hall,

Biochemistry, molecular, and cell biology: Marcus Smolka, 339 Weill Hall,

Biological and environmental engineering: John March, 202 Riley-Robb Hall,

Biophysics: Gerald W. Feigenson, 201 Biotechnology Bldg.,

Communication: Susan Fussell, 484 Mann Library Building,

Computational Biology: Jason Mezey, 101B Biotechnology Bldg.,

Development sociology: Tom Hirschl, 260 Warren Hall,

Ecology and evolutionary biology: Monica Geber, E413 Corson Hall,

Entomology: Bryan Danforth, 3124 Comstock Hall,

Environmental toxicology: Andrew Yen, T4-008 Vet Research Tower,

Food science and technology: Martin Wiedmann, 341 Stocking Hall,

Genetics, genomics and development: Robert Weiss, T2006C VRT,

Horticulture: William Miller, 28 Plant Science Bldg.,

International agriculture and rural development [M.P.S. (agr.)]: Steven Kyle, 332 Warren Hall,

International development: Steven Kyle, 332 Warren Hall,

Landscape architecture [M.L.A.]: Kathryn L. Gleason, 446 Kennedy Hall,

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,

Microbiology: Marcus Smolka, 439 Weill Hall,

Natural resources: Joseph Yavitt, G21 Fernow Hall,

Neurobiology and behavior: H. Kern Reeve, W309 Mudd Hall,

Nutritional sciences: Barbara Strupp, 217 Weill Hall & 102 Savage Hall,

Physiology: Mark Roberson, T4-018 Vet Research Tower,

Plant biology: Jian Hua, 158 Emerson Hall,

Plant breeding and genetics: Michael Mazourek, 248 Emerson Hall,

Plant pathology and plant-microbe biology: Adam Bogdanove, 360 Plant Science Bldg.,

Soil and crop sciences: Dan Buckley, 705 Bradfield Hall,

Statistics: Giles Hooker, 1186 Comstock Hall,

Zoology and Wildlife Conservation: Ned J. Place, S1-088 Schurman Hall,

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 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. degrees.

Dual Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture  and Regional Planning

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.