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. 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.


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.

Student life[edit]

St. Paul Campus is home to one residence 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 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.


The Bell Museum of Natural History.

The James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History was established by state legislative mandate in 1872. 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.

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