University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

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The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) is one of seventeen colleges and professional schools at the University of Minnesota. CFANS is focused on helping people solve everyday problems through science. The college offers 13 majors, 3 pre-major and pre-professional majors and 26 freestanding minors for undergraduate students and a variety of graduate graduate study options that include master's, doctoral and joint degree programs.


The college was formed on July 1, 2006, with the merger of two former colleges; the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Natural Resources, as well as the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. However, the origins of the college's programs extend back to 1869.

Divisions and Departments[edit]

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences comprises six divisions, twelve academic units (two are held jointly), 10 research and outreach centers throughout Minnesota, the Bell Museum of Natural History and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Division of Applied Economics and Agricultural Education

Division of Bioresources and Bioenergy

Division of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Division of Food, Animal and Nutritional Sciences

Division of Plant Science

Division for Translational Research and Engagement

Hubachek Center at Ely


For the 2013-2014 academic year, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences enrolled 1,939 undergraduate students in 13 majors and 26 minors and 692 graduate students in 15 programs, including three interdisciplinary programs offered in collaboration with other colleges. The college employs 268 faculty members and hosts 10 research centers around the state that provide education, research and service to students and citizens.

Majors- CFANS offers interdisciplinary undergraduate majors that focus on practical applications that can enable students to successfully create, apply and interpret new ideas. Majors that CFANS offers include:

Pre-Majors- A pre-major is an undergraduate course of study that specifically prepares students to pursue and upper-division degree program in another college. CFANS offers one major program:

Pre-Professional Programs- Pre-professional Programs are specifically designed to meet the entrance requirements to professional programs such as veterinary medicine, medicine and dentistry. CFANS offers these pre-professional program options:

Minors- CFANS offers 26 freestanding minors to supplement the coursework done by students in their major program. Minors in CFANS are open to students throughout the entire University and these minors are an excellent way to further focus the studies in a related area of interest for the students. Minors offered by CFANS include:

Student life[edit]

St. Paul Campus is home to one residence hall, Bailey Hall. Bailey Hall is a community of 505 residents, many of whom are CFANS students. Bailey Hall offers living and learning communities that group residence by floors and are geared towards bringing students of similar majors together so that they can get the most out of their studies at the University of Minnesota. Communities found in Bailey Hall geared towards CFANS students include The Environment House, Pre-veterinary Science and St. Paul Leaders and Scholars.

Bailey Hall is conveniently attached to the St. Paul Campus Student Center which contains a movie theater and eight lanes of bowling, pool tables and arcade games located in the Gopher Spot. The student center also has great places to eat and hosts Gophers After Dark on the weekends.

Extension Service[edit]

The University of Minnesota Extension makes connection between Minnesota issues and University of Minnesota expertise in the three areas of community development and vitality; land, food and environment; and youth development and family living. The University of Minnesota Extension is committed to delivering high-quality, relevant educational programs and information to Minnesota and communities.


The Bell Museum of Natural History is a portal to experiences that bring people closer to the natural world. It is a small, personable place with big ideas. An historic state treasure, it is a familiar point-of-entry to the resources of the University of Minnesota and a gateway to the natural wonders of our state. The Bell Museum serves young and old alike as they seek to find—and better understand and appreciate—their own place in a living, changing world.

The James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History was established by state legislative mandate in 1872 to collect, preserve, skillfully prepare, display, and interpret our state's diverse animal and plant life for scholarly research and teaching and for public appreciation, enrichment, and enjoyment. Its governance belongs, by state legislative designation, to the University of Minnesota. The Bell Museum operates independently as a unit of CFANS.

The Bell Museum of Natural History is open to the public and classrooms for tours Tuesday through Sunday.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum features more than 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas-from woodlands and wetlands to prairie-with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants. Tour the Arboretum on 12.5 miles (20.1 km) of garden paths and hiking trails. Walk the close gardens and bike, walk or drive Three-Mile Drive to see more gardens and collections.

The Arboretum's mission is to provide a community and national resource for horticultural and environmental information, research and public education; to develop and evaluate plants and horticultural practices for cold climates; and to inspire and delight all visitors with quality plants in well-designed and maintained displays, collections, model landscapes, and conservation areas.


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