Forestry undergraduate student Hannah Hampton collects a water sample from College Creek as part of Dr. Jan Thompson's research.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Discover your passion

Be greater than you imagine as a Cyclone. Explore CALS majors and other degree options designed to inspire, challenge and prepare you to create a better world.

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Nicole Jonas


Annie's Project leads to national reach, local impact



Shobade selected for inaugural innovation in agriculture award

Trevor Clawson


From small town Iowa to NFL stadiums

Joe Van Essendelft
“I came here not knowing anyone, and I’m leaving here feeling like I’m part of a family.”
Joe Van Essendelft, '23 agricultural business

Hands-on approach

From Cyclones in the making to those already formed, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has a place for everyone. The innovations made in the labs, the farms, the forests and the fields strive to carry out Iowa State’s original land grant mission: discovering, developing, disseminating and preserving knowledge.

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Recent News

  • Aerial view of anaerobic digesters in farm scene.

    Registration opens for Anaerobic Digestion on the Farm Conference, Nov. 6-8

    AMES, Iowa –Registration is open for the upcoming conference titled “Anaerobic Digestion on the Farm – Optimizing Environmental and Economic Outcomes for Rural Communities and Beyond,” Nov. 6-8, 2023, at Iowa State University in Ames. Early-bird rates are available through Oct. 6. The conference will be hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa.

  • ABE students learn how to operate food processing machinery in order to understand how to properly maintain it

    New industrial technology degree option available for students

    The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering has introduced a new option in their industrial technology major, preparing students for the expanding field of biological and biomanufacturing systems.

  • Various booths of employers taking part in CALS Career Day and talking to students.

    Gearing up for CALS Career Day

    AMES, Iowa – Students are polishing resumes and researching which companies they want to check out in preparation for the upcoming College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day.