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Academics

No matter what ag or life sciences career you’re thinking about, we’ll make sure you are well prepared.

Accepted for Fall? Visit Virtually Now!

In light of the many changes happening across our nation due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we know you and your family may have many questions as you navigate the next steps in your educational journey.

First, as a CALS major, you can check out our College overview for students here. Spend 15 minutes learning more about your new college and what it has to offer all CALS students – from what makes us unique, what opportunities and resources are available, and how we support students.

Next, we hope you will be able to join us for our Virtual “Conversations with CALS” Visitation Days! Chat with our recruiting and advising teams, departmental faculty and staff, and current students…all in CALS! You may join any session(s)  you feel would be helpful to you. Our sessions will be conducted via Zoom. You may join us via an audio only or the audio/video feature – it is up to you, though we do recommend the video feature if possible so we can create a conversation as much as we can!

*Please note: if you are a high school underclassman (freshman, sophomore, junior) or a prospective transfer student, please contact cals_recruiting@ncsu.edu for specialized prospective student virtual opportunities. The opportunities posted on this page are geared toward Fall 2020 accepted students.

Join us through a 3 step process:

1) Create a free Zoom account (if you have never used Zoom before): https://zoom.us/signup.
2) Register for the session(s) below you wish to attend virtually (registration is required).
3) Follow the instructions through the emails you receive after registration to log on to join us.

Friday, April 17

CALS Welcome and First Year Experience Tips: 9:00-10:00am
Hear from our recruiting and advising teams, learn how CALS supports its students, and hear tips for your first year.
Click here to register and receive details

CALS Major Chats: 11:00-11:30am
Hear from faculty and staff in your admitted major.  A great opportunity to ask specific questions about your admitted major and get to know a departmental representative! Click on your major below to register and receive details.

Agricultural Business Management
Agricultural Education
Agricultural Science
Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (Community Food Systems and Research & Production Concentrations)
Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (Urban Horticulture Concentration)
Animal Science
Biological and Agricultural Engineering Technology
Bioprocessing Science
Crop and Soil Sciences
Food Science
Horticultural Science
Life Sciences First Year: Biochemistry Intent
Life Sciences First Year: Nutrition Science Intent
Life Sciences First Year: Plant Biology Intent
Natural Resources: Soil, Water, and Land Use
Poultry Science
Turfgrass Science

CALS Pack Chats: 4:00-5:00pm
Chat with current CALS students in your department of interest! Want to hear more about a day in the life experience of a CALS student in your admitted major? Have questions about student life? Join a Pack Chat! Click on your admitted major below to register and receive details.

Agricultural Business Management
Agricultural Education
Agricultural Science
Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (Community Food Systems and Research & Production Concentrations)
Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (Urban Horticulture Concentration)
Animal Science
Biological and Agricultural Engineering Technology
Bioprocessing Science
Crop and Soil Sciences
Food Science
Horticultural Science
Life Sciences First Year: Biochemistry Intent
Life Sciences First Year: Nutrition Science Intent
Life Sciences First Year: Plant Biology Intent
Natural Resources: Soil, Water, and Land Use
Poultry Science
Turfgrass Science

Friday, April 24

CALS Welcome and First Year Experience Tips: 1:00-2:00pm
Hear from our recruiting and advising teams, learn how CALS supports its students, and hear tips for your first year.
Click here to register and receive details

CALS Major Chats: 3:00-3:30pm (*Exception: Animal Science Major Chat 2:15-2:45pm)
Hear from faculty and staff in your admitted major.  A great opportunity to ask specific questions about your admitted major and get to know a departmental representative! Click on your major below to register and receive details.

Agricultural Business Management
Agricultural Education
Agricultural Science
Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (Community Food Systems and Research & Production Concentrations)
Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (Urban Horticulture Concentration)
Animal Science (*2:15-2:45pm)
Biological and Agricultural Engineering Technology
Bioprocessing Science
Crop and Soil Sciences
Food Science
Horticultural Science
Life Sciences FirstYear: Biochemistry Intent
Life Sciences First Year: Nutrition Science Intent
Life Sciences First Year: Plant Biology Intent
Natural Resources: Soil, Water, and Land Use
Poultry Science
Turfgrass Science

CALS Pack Chats: 4:00-5:00pm
Chat with current CALS students in your department of interest! Want to hear more about a day in the life experience of a CALS student in your admitted major? Have questions about student life? Join a Pack Chat! Click on your admitted major below to register and receive details.

Agricultural Business Management
Agricultural Education
Agricultural Science
Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (Community Food Systems and Research & Production Concentrations)
Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (Urban Horticulture Concentration)
Animal Science
Biological and Agricultural Engineering Technology
Bioprocessing Science
Crop and Soil Sciences
Food Science
Horticultural Science
Life Sciences First Year: Biochemistry Intent
Life Sciences First Year: Nutrition Science Intent
Life Sciences First Year: Plant Biology Intent
Natural Resources: Soil, Water, and Land Use
Poultry Science
Turfgrass Science

Please reach out to cals_recruiting@ncsu.edu with questions.

Why You Should Attend CALS

North Carolina has one of the largest, most diverse agricultural industries in the nation. We develop, grow and market hundreds of different crops. Add in the state’s life sciences industry and you have an unbeatable combination.

We focus on teaching students. We nurture and promote their discovery of new knowledge. We engage them in the delivery of technology and innovation that transforms challenges into agriculture and life sciences opportunities.

Through our four Collaborative Systems comprised of 12 departments, we provide 17 undergraduate majors, 19 minors, 25 graduate programs, undergraduate and graduate certificates, and the Agricultural Institute offering six, hands-on two-year degree programs.

There are tremendous opportunities in agriculture and the life sciences. It’s our privilege to help you get ready for yours.

3,831 Total CALS Students

63% in 4-Year Undergraduate Programs
10% in 2-Year Agricultural Institute
26% in Graduate Programs
1% Non-Degree Seeking Students

CALS by The Numbers

#1 Return on Investment among N.C. Public Universities
#4 Best Value among National Public Universities
$1M+ in Scholarships Available to Undergraduates
Upon Graduation: 43% of Graduates Held Full-time Jobs
27% Pursued Postgraduate Degrees

CALS Grads in High Demand

USDA forecasts demand for college graduates in agriculture and food industries to be 57,900 a year.
American agricultural colleges only produce 35,400 graduates a year.

AG*IDEA at NC State

AG*IDEA is an affiliate of the Great Plains IDEA, a national consortium of universities offering distance education programs and courses in agriculture.

Completed courses appear on a student’s transcript as NC State courses with the grade assigned by the teaching faculty member regardless of the professor’s university.

AG*IDEA has three instructional terms in a calendar year: spring semester, fall semester, and a summer term, which corresponds to the NC State 10-week summer term.

CALS Academic Mission

The academic mission of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is to deliver exceptional teaching and advising so graduates address the complex challenges of agricultural innovation, food security, climate resilience, energy needs, and sustainability. Our graduates are life-long learners, engaged community members, and recognized leaders in agriculture and life sciences.

CALS Academic Advising

Have Questions? We’re Here to Help.

For more information about CALS Majors and Minors, email us at cals_recruiting@ncsu.edu

To add or change a major, visit the Student Services Center’s Change of Degree Application (CODA) webpage.

For all other questions, call us at 919-515-2614, or email us at cals_advising@ncsu.edu.