North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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North Carolina State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is the second largest college in the university[1] and one of the largest colleges of its kind in the nation, with nearly 6,000 students pursuing associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and more than 1,600 on-campus and 950 off-campus faculty and staff members.[2]

With headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina, the college includes 20 academic departments, the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. The college dean is Dr. Richard Linton.[3]

The research service is the state’s principal agency of agricultural and life sciences research, with close to 600 projects related to more than 70 agricultural commodities, related agribusinesses and life science industries. Scientists work not only on the college campus in Raleigh but also at 18 agricultural research stations and 10 field laboratories across the state.[4] In 2008, the National Science Foundation ranked N.C. State sixth among U.S. universities in terms of agricultural research expenditures.[5]

The extension service is the largest outreach effort at North Carolina State University, with local centers serving all 100 of North Carolina’s counties as well as the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. Cooperative Extension’s educational programs, carried out by state specialists and county agents, focus on agriculture, natural resources, community development, family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth development. About 56,000 volunteers and advisory leaders also contribute to Extension’s efforts.[2]

The college staffs the Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis with faculty from the departments of horticultural science; food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences; plant biology; genetics; and agricultural and resource economics. This transdisciplinary interaction strengthens the efforts of individual faculty and supports the institute's mission to discover and deliver innovative plant-based solutions to advance human health.

The college's Department of Plant Pathology helps sponsor the Bailey Memorial Tour each year. This tour is offered to prospective agriculture students and gives them a broad based taste of the work of agricultural pathology, and is named after Dr. Jack Bailey, late pioneering Professor of Plant Pathology.


The college has the following departments:[6]

  • Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Animal Science
  • Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Crop Science
  • Entomology
  • Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
  • Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences
  • 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Genetics
  • Horticultural Science
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular and Structural Biochemistry
  • Plant Pathology
  • Poultry Science
  • Soil Science
  • Statistics


CALS offers more than 80 bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D. and associate degree programs in a wide array of disciplines. Undergraduate majors are as follows:[7]

  • Agricultural Business Management
    • Biological Sciences Concentration
  • Agricultural Education
    • Teacher Certification Option
  • Agricultural and Environmental Technology
  • Agricultural Science
  • Animal Science
  • Applied Sociology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Engineering
    • Agricultural Engineering Concentration
    • Environmental Engineering Concentration
    • Bioprocessing Engineering Concentration
  • Biology
    • Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Concentration
    • Human Biology Concentration
    • Integrative Physiology and Neurobiology Concentration
    • Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Concentration
  • Bioprocessing Science
  • Extension Education
    • Agricultural Extension Concentration
    • Communications Concentration
  • Food Science
    • HACCP/Food Safety Managers Certificate Program
  • Genetics
  • Horticultural Science
    • Floriculture, Ornamental, Fruits and Vegetables Concentration
    • General Horticulture Concentration
    • Landscape Design Concentration
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition Science
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant and Soil Science
    • Agroecology Concentration
    • Agronomic Business Concentration
    • Agronomic Science Concentration
    • Crop Biotechnology Concentration
    • Crop Production Concentration
    • Soil Science Concentration
  • Poultry Science
  • Turfgrass Science
  • Zoology

External links[edit]


  1. ^ “Enrollment trends by college.” North Carolina State University Planning and Analysis. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
  2. ^ a b “CALS by the numbers.” North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. January 2010.
  3. ^ “Dr. Richard Linton named College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean.” North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. July 17, 2012.
  4. ^ “Facts about North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.” North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. April 2010.
  5. ^ Academic R&D Expenditures: FY 2008.” National Science Foundation. April 2010.
  6. ^ "Organizational Chart" North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. October 2012.
  7. ^ “Undergraduate programs (including concentrations).” North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Retrieved 2010-09-30.