Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems

  • Alana Davidson sitting in Holloway Commons Dining Hall
    Alana Davidson ’17 wants everyone to have equal access to nutritious food. Learn More
  • Lizzie Gill
    Known for being a country rich in biodiversity, Costa Rica provided the perfect location for Lizzie to conduct research on the wide variety of tropical pumpkin grown there. Learn More
  • Jasmin Beateu describing her poster
    In 1991, COLSA faculty recognized that an increasing number of undergraduate students were conducting research in faculty labs. Donna Brown, founding director of the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, and COLSA faculty member Wayne Fagerberg decided that students should have the experience of a professional scientific conference where they could showcase research in collaboration with faculty mentors. See scences from this year's conference. Learn More
  • Moocall Sensor
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“I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture …” With the global population projected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, those words of George Washington (1794) have never been more relevant or agriculture more important than it is today.

As the College’s Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems, we are dedicated to offering programs designed for students interested in any of the broad range of exciting and challenging careers that are critical for providing current and future generations with adequate amounts of nutritious food through efficient, sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Through our Animal Science, Equine Studies, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) majors, our extensive course offerings, our farm and research facilities, and an outstanding and dedicated teaching and research faculty, our graduates are well prepared for careers in the dairy, equine, fish aquaculture, food crop and ornamental plant industries, as nutritional scientists or registered dietitians, or to pursue veterinary or M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

We are always eager to share information about our programs with you.

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