Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
|Motto||Ut Prosim (Latin)|
Motto in English
|That I May Serve|
|Location||Blacksburg, in Virginia, U.S.|
|Total Alumni||More than 21,000|
|Colors||Chicago maroon and Burnt orange|
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is one of eight colleges at Virginia Tech with a three-part mission of learning, discovery, and engagement and it is one of the best agriculture programs in the nation. It has more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students in a dozen academic departments. In 2013, the National Science Foundation ranked Virginia Tech No. 6 in the country for agricultural research expenditures, much of which originated from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
The college is home to a dozen academic departments:
- Agricultural and Applied Economics
- Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
- Animal and Poultry Sciences
- Biochemistry (with the College of Science)
- Biological Systems Engineering (with the College of Engineering)
- Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences
- Dairy Science
- Food Science and Technology
- Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
- Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science
|Andrew M. Soule||1903–1906|
|Harvey L. Price||1908–1945|
|Thomas B. Hutcheson||1946–1950|
|Leander B. Dietrick||1952–1962|
|Wilson B. Bell||1962–1968|
|James E. Martin||1968–1975|
|James R. Nichols||1975–1991|
|Andy L. Swiger||1992–2003|
|Sharron S. Quisenberry||2003–2009|
|Alan L. Grant||2009–present|
Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college named Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, Virginia Tech has evolved into a large public university with numerous degree offerings. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences provides the kind of education intended under the Morrill Act of 1862, making it the center of the land-grant tradition at Virginia Tech. Closely associated with the college are the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, established in 1886, and Virginia Cooperative Extension, established in 1914.
Today, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has more than 21,000 alumni.
The college offers bachelor's degrees in 13 majors as well as an undecided option. The Agricultural Technology Program prepares students for careers in the agricultural and green industries with a concentrated, two-year degree experience that leads to an associate degree. Students specialize in either applied agricultural management or landscape and turf management.
The college's Research division has identified six program areas as a focus for development and investment.
Together with the College of Natural Resources and Environment and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, the college administers the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, which allows faculty to investigate food and fiber systems, their impact on the environment, and natural and human resource issues. Eleven agricultural research and Extension centers, which are dispersed throughout Virginia’s five geographical areas, support this research system.
Virginia Tech’s research expenditures in the agricultural and life sciences have consistently ranked among the top in the nation. In 2009, these expenditures exceeded $91.6 million and accounted for more than 23 percent of Virginia Tech’s research spending. Through research and Extension efforts, the college helped elevate the state’s agricultural exports to record numbers. In 2013, exports in the commonwealth reached $2.85 billion.
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The burnt orange and Chicago maroon are the university's official colors that were adopted in 1896.
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- CALS Research