Schools & Departments
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell is a global leader of scientific inquiry in the areas of agricultural, life, environmental and social sciences. It is a place where world-class faculty and staff with top-notch students come together in an environment that promotes mutual respect, diversity, inquisitiveness and dedication to applying knowledge with public purpose.
In order to foster this atmosphere of scholarship and collaboration, CALS is structured in two fundamental ways. Our faculty are organized into 16 academic departments and 2 schools, many of which are shared with other colleges at Cornell University. Our undergraduate students are organized by their majors and our graduate students are organized by their field of graduate study. CALS undergraduate students choose from over 20 exciting majors and more than 25 minors, many of which are cross-departmental to take advantage of the knowledge, experience and expertise of faculty from several disciplines. CALS faculty intersect with graduate students in more than 30 graduate fields of study that cover a wide array of scientific areas. Read more about our degree programs in the CALS Program Finder.
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School of Integrative Plant Science
The School of Integrative Plant Science is home to five distinct plant science areas that work together to envision solutions to the major challenges of feeding a burgeoning population, mitigating and adapting to climate change and preserving biodiversity and essential ecosystem functions.
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
With internationally renowned areas of expertise in food and agricultural economics, management, environmental and resource economics, and international and development economics, the Dyson School is perfectly poised to fulfill its core mission: to use business for the greater good.
The Department of Animal Science works to discover and develop new techniques and information to benefit animals, agriculture and human health through research programs that advance our understanding of animal biology and address local and global issues facing animal industries today.
The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering is one of the largest of its kind in the country and serves three integrated functions: teaching of undergraduate and graduate students; research on problems in agriculture, biology and the environment; and public outreach to help society implement new knowledge.
The Department of Computational Biology consists of faculty members who apply their expertise in computer science, genomics, systems biology, population genetics and modeling to a wide range of exciting problems in the life sciences.
The Department of Communication is a national leader in the study of communication as a social science and consists of faculty and staff who are dedicated to understanding the role and enhancing the effectiveness of communication processes, systems and infrastructure in society.
The Department of Development Sociology, a global leader in purpose-driven social science, is made up of professors, researchers and outreach specialists who are committed to improving communities in New York State and around the world through research on diverse aspects of development and mentorship of the next generation of change-makers.
The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is a global leader in research focused on understanding the fundamental processes that have shaped our environment and is committed to providing students with the earth literacy needed to serve as informed citizens and wise stewards of planet Earth.
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is a dynamic and friendly place, populated by students, faculty and expert staff who work together to understand the patterns and processes that structure ecological systems, and drive evolutionary change over all time scales.
The Department of Entomology is one of the top-ranked entomology programs in the country with work that spans the globe and impacts human lives on many levels, influencing a broad range of disciplines including human and veterinary medicine, farming, biodiversity and genomics.
As one of the premier food science programs in the nation, the Department of Food Science applies the principles of science and engineering to ensure the nutritional value, safety and quality of foods in the United States and around the globe. The program integrates the disciplines of chemistry, biology, nutrition, physiology, biotechnology and engineering to ensure that all people have access to healthy, affordable food.
The Department of Landscape Architecture is made up of faculty with varied perspectives, research, creative activity and mentoring styles, all of which are intended to challenge students to become responsible, creative designers and to develop innovative, just and sustainable site appropriate responses to critical issues affecting the planet and its inhabitants.
The Department of Microbiology acts as a center for expertise for numerous aspects of microbial biology with research interests in prokaryotic molecular biology and environmental microbiology.
The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics engages in cutting-edge research, training and teaching to solve basic questions in the life sciences and to apply biological knowledge to critical medical, agricultural and environmental problems.
The Department of Natural Resources creates knowledge and facilitates learning to improve society’s stewardship of the environment and promote a conservation ethos for a sustainable planet.
The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior combines the study of animal behavior with its neural basis, based on the belief that the interface between them is one of great research potential, and has research interests that span all levels of organization, from single neurons to complex circuits to whole organisms and societies thereof.
The Division of Nutritional Sciences embraces theories and methods across many academic disciplines to understand the complex relationships among human health, nutritional status, human genetics, food and lifestyle patterns, social and institutional environments and governmental policies.
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