How CALS Students Learn

Practical Experience

CALS has a century-long tradition of creating practical solutions to real-world problems. Our students have a passion to make a difference in the world – whether it means asking basic questions about genes and microorganisms or applying biological principles to working lands. That’s one reason why CALS grads are so successful in the job market: prior to commencement, 28 percent of CALS undergraduates have accepted a full-time job, and 35 percent have been admitted to graduate school (data from 2014 student survey).

Hands-on Learning

CALS students explore the living world through out-of-classroom projects and self-initiated discovery, fostering their curiosity, creativity and leadership ability. According to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), 79 percent of CALS students complete an internship or field experience, 64 percent complete a mentored research project, and 31 percent study abroad.

Integrates Research and Education

Receiving an education through CALS allows students to explore opportunities in top-notch research facilities at one of the top public research universities in the country. CALS covers a wide spectrum of academic fields, mixing science and technology with social issues. In our ever-changing world, mixing these disciplines is a must, and at CALS, students are ahead of the curve.