Discover CALS

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

Pursue knowledge while pursuing your purpose

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to one of Cornell University’s largest populations of students, faculty, and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education, and outreach.

The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy, and environmental resources; and social, physical, and economic well-being.

Since our founding, we have evolved continuously to meet the changing needs of our world. Our top-ranked programs include over 20 majors in community and rural development, environment and natural resources, food and nutrition, communication, applied economics, agriculture, international programs, and life sciences.

First-Year Students

Applying to college is an important step! From admissions requirements to a list of CALS majors, you'll find it all here.  We can't wait to CUatCALS! 

Transfer Applicants

Many pathways can lead to a degree from Cornell CALS. We welcome students with diverse experiences. 

Tuition & Aid

You’re encouraged to work closely with our Financial Aid Office.

Undergraduate Stories

Four students stand outside holding bioaccoustics tools

Field Note

Undergrads in the field: ‘Our winter on the Big Island’
  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Field Note

Meet Eli Newell ‘24, an undergraduate in global development who seeks to boost environmental health by using a key ingredient that is readily available – urine. Under the mentorship of Rebecca Nelson , professor in the Department of Global...
  • Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
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Field Note

Meet Noah Choe ’24, an undergraduate in Global Development who is driven by the ongoing quest for global food security with sustainable development at its core. With a double major in International Agriculture & Rural Development and Biometry &...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Environment
Woman attends hunger, nutrition and health conference.

Field Note

Meet Kate McHale’24, an undergraduate in Global Development who is on a mission to increase youth engagement specifically as it relates to nutrition. As an eight-year alumna and current student leader of 4-H, Kate advocates for youth’s voices in...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Global Development

Field Note


This summer, international agriculture and rural development major Jensen Njagi ’25 interned for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Conservation Biocontrol on Urban Farms in New York City project. This three-year project is designed to help urban...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture

Opportunity Spotlight

Apply what you learn through real-world experiences and internships.

Faculty Spotlight

Passionate teachers, researchers & world-renowned leaders in their fields.

Research Spotlight

Join research teams taking on some of today’s most pressing issues.

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three people examining plants under a plastic covering
graduate students doing research