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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sweeping for insects


Exploring the world of organic agriculture at Iowa State

Reuben Weers Feng


Researchers identify the role of genes that boost disease resiliency in rice



Multidisciplinary option lets students customize their education

Kelsey Henderson
“It's not about what awards or titles you win, but how you can truly make a difference in any way at any level.”
Kelsey Henderson, '24 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.

Learn more about research within CALS

Explore Iowa State University demonstration farms

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Recent News

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    CALS faculty Huff-Lonergan named AAAS Fellow

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently named Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan, University Professor of Animal Science, as a AAAS Fellow for her “distinguished contributions to the field of meat science, particularly in early postmortem muscle biochemistry." 

  • Overhead view of students presenting their research posters in a large, open space inside a building.

    Iowa State’s ag, forestry programs again ranked among top worldwide

    AMES, Iowa – Continuing a proud tradition, Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences agricultural and forestry programs are once again ranked among the top.

  • Lydia Johnson

    Johnson emphasizes importance of balancing academics, life experiences

    When Lydia Johnson was in high school, she spent part of her summers on Iowa State University's campus for the state 4-H conferences. During that time, she got to learn in lecture halls, sleep in dorms and build a network of friends on the campus she will graduate from this semester.