Why should you join CALS? Because we are training scientists with the knowledge and skills needed to solve global challenges in food and agriculture, health and nutrition, biological sciences, sustainability, natural resources, and the environment and business, communication, and society.
A CALS education is rooted in our five signature experiences which intentionally combine in-class and co-curricular opportunities to help students build community and effectively utilize campus resources to be successful during their undergraduate career and beyond. You can learn more about our signature experiences below.
Make a strong start
Every first-year CALS student can make a strong start by exploring different areas of study, learning about how to access student services, connecting with other students, faculty and staff, and making friends in a First-Year Seminar.
Gain global perspective
CALS disciplines have a global reach, and students are interested in solving global problems. Every CALS student will gain global perspective by taking at least one course with an international focus and many choose to study or intern abroad during their undergraduate career.
Customize your path of study
CALS students can customize their path of study by pursuing certificates (similar to a minor) or second majors, choosing elective courses that match their interests and meet their goals, and participating in an honors program.
Learn through hands-on real world experiences
All CALS majors include a senior-level capstone course that integrates interdisciplinary knowledge to address a problem of societal relevance and also helps prepare students for their future careers. Most students also complete independent research experiences or participate in internship programs.
Build your community and networks
With more than 30 CALS-sponsored student organizations, students can build their professional networks early and enhance their leadership skills. Students also engage with faculty mentors, peer advisors and mentors, and residential learning communities to build community and networks.
Advising and Student Services
Our goal in CALS is to help students be academically and personally successful on campus and beyond. CALS advisors help students navigate their UW–Madison experience by offering advising and events related to academics, careers, study abroad, honors, and more.
Office of Academic Affairs
116 Agricultural Hall
1450 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Office Hours: 7:45am – 4:30pm
For current & prospective student general inquiries: