Back

Discover CALS

See how our current work and research is bringing new thinking and new solutions to some of today's biggest challenges.

You want to change the world. So do we.

We are a community with an uncommon sense of a common goal: to leave the world better than we found it. Ambitious? Sure. But Cornell CALS has been changing the world for over a century and will be doing so for a century more.

Founded in agriculture and focused on life, we are pioneers who have shaped contemporary science and eagerly embraced international opportunity, while always serving the people in the state of New York.

The Wall Street Journal/Times of Higher Education 2020 College Rankings ranked CALS #1 in agriculture, agriculture operations and related sciences.

Our purpose

This is the charge that motivates us: CALS tackles the challenges of our times through purpose-driven science that advances understanding and improves life.

CALS at a glance

16

Departments

7 departments shared with other Cornell colleges and schools

2

Schools

The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management
and the School of Integrative Plant Science

$238M

Total research expenditures

FY 2021

3,590

Undergraduate students

As of May 2021

1,022

Graduate students

As of May 2021

350

Faculty

As of May 2021

We seek answers in order to find the next questions.

Our mission

These are our objectives and how we accomplish them: As a premier institution of scientific learning, we connect the life, agricultural, environmental and social sciences to provide world-class education, spark unexpected discoveries and inspire pioneering solutions.

people discussing plants

Teaching passion-driven minds

Scientist and student with computers

Purpose-driven science in action

researchers in field

Sharing knowledge with the community

Latest news, discoveries and breakthroughs

Explore the work we’re doing today and discover how it’s reshaping tomorrow.

Earth viewed from outer space, a large cloud swirl is forming in the center of the atmosphere.

News

Jicamarca Radio Observatory—Advancing Space Weather Science
Roughly 80–1,000 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, extreme ultraviolet radiation from the sun separates electrons from atoms and molecules in the upper atmosphere, creating a highly ionized plasma environment that hosts unique space weather...
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Planet
Headshot of Louis Albright

News

Louis Albright ’63, M.S. ’65, Ph.D. ’72, a world-renowned expert in environmental engineering of agricultural buildings and a pioneer in renewable energy systems, died March 26 in Ithaca.

  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Energy
  • Environment
A data center

News

A $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation will fund research on how big data and tech innovations affect organizational relationships on dairy farms and in the dairy industry.

  • Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Department of Communication