CALS Students Learn inside and outside the classroom

Ways to Learn

With 19 departments, CALS offers numerous undergraduate and graduate programs in agriculture, natural resources, the social sciences and the life sciences. Students can enhance their education and explore their interests by participating in research projects, joining a student organization, getting a certificate in leadership or international programs or pursuing an honors degree.

In addition to traditional academic experiences, CALS offers short-course experiences through our Farm and Industry Short Course program.

You can explore some of the ways our students experience and learn in CALS:

  • International Experience – An international experience is an important part of your education that will give you the skills to successfully interact, motivate and work with a culturally diverse population.
  • Student Organizations – CALS has more than 35 student organizations and there are over 800 campus wide.
  • Mentored Research / Independent Study – UW-Madison is known for its cutting edge research. Students have the opportunity to be part of the discovery process.
  • Leadership Education – CALS has many opportunities for students to learn about, and practice, leadership including: a leadership seminar, a leadership retreat, student organizations, and College committees.
  • CALS Honors Program – Students who are interested in setting themselves apart can pursue a more rigorous course of study and be recognized for their achievements.
  • Service – CALS students have a strong record of service to the Madison, state, and international communities. Visit the Morgridge Center for opportunities.
  • Recreational Sports – UW-Madison has many opportunities for students who want to live active and healthy lifestyles.
  • Internships – Real world work experience will: (a) help you explore a field, (b) increase your post-graduation employment opportunities, and (c) broaden your professional network.

Involvement statistics

  • Every year, UW-Madison ranks among the top schools for producing Peace Corp volunteers. In fact UW-Madison was the top school in terms of Peace Corp volunteers for 20 straight years.
  • 63% of CALS students complete internships or field-experiences.
  • 75% of CALS students complete community service or volunteer activities
  • 50% of CALS students complete mentored research experiences