About CALS

Located at the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) is one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges devoted to the study of our living world.

Established in 1889, CALS carries out UW-Madison’s mission as a land-grant public university through excellence in teaching, research and public outreach across 17 academic fields. By encouraging collaboration and innovation across these fields, the college is working to address society’s grand challenges in the areas of food systems, ecosystems, climate change, bioenergy/bioproducts, economic and community development and health and wellness.

Based on enrollment, CALS is the third-largest college in UW-Madison. CALS has more than 240 faculty who help carry out the college’s research, education and outreach missions. Some 150 college faculty and staff also hold Cooperative Extension appointments, placing them in positions to work closely with county extension staff in delivering valuable information and advice to Wisconsin citizens, businesses and organizations.

CALS operates a network of 11 agricultural research stations located across the state. Combined, the stations have more than 8,000 acres and conduct around 800 research projects each year.