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Ability and ambition. Passion and persistence. Curiosity and conscientiousness. Rather than looking for one-track minds, Cornell CALS seeks out unconventional, passion-driven individuals who want a greater understanding of the world, and also a greater understanding of how they can make the world a better place.

Student and Professor

With 22 majors and more than 40 minors across the agricultural, environmental and social sciences, Cornell CALS offers an unrivaled academic experience. But, it’s our admissions process that really sets us apart. Find out why applying for your major now creates exceptional opportunities for you later.

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Research degrees: Explore our research-centered advanced degree programs – Master of Science and Ph.D. – in more than 30 fields of study.

Professional degrees: Our professional master’s degree programs are designed to fit your life and schedule, while quickly advancing careers in industry, government and nonprofit agencies.

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From continuing education credits to online farming classes, Cornell CALS offers a number of non-degree and certificate courses for those who wish to pursue “any person ... any study” at their own pace without committing to a degree-granting program.

22

Majors & 40+ minors

3,590

Undergraduate students

As of May 2021

1,022

Graduate students

As of May 2021

46%

of our undergraduates were involved in one or more research experiences in 2019.

80%

of undergraduate students completed one or more internships in 2019.

33%

of our undergraduate students had international experiences in 2019.

Latest news, discoveries and breakthroughs

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

Members of the Solar Panel Reboot team stand around a solar panel

News

Using polyurethane, resin, epoxy – and gallons of wit – the Solar Panel Reboot student team, part of the Cornell University Sustainability Design, provides an afterlife to old, broken photovoltaic boards.

  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Energy
(L-R), Steven Mana’oakamai Johnson, Natalie Cápiro ’00, Hale Ann Tufan, Chuan Liao, Shaila Musharoff, Michael Charles ’16.

Spotlight

This is the fifth in a series of stories detailing actions CALS students, faculty and staff have taken over the past several years to make our community a more diverse, equitable and inclusive place for everyone. In fall 2021, CALS announced it's first-ever faculty cohort initiative focused on hiring a group of scientists whose work explicitly addresses systemic challenges facing marginalized communities through transdisciplinary collaboration. The first search was received with great enthusiasm and 381 people applied for the six positions.
  • American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Computational Biology