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University of Georgia
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Established 1859[1]
Type Public
Dean J. Scott Angle
Faculty 681
Staff 903
Students 1816
Undergraduates 1451
Postgraduates 365
Location Athens, Georgia, USA
Information current as of Fall Semester 2007[2]

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is a college within the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Georgia, United States.



Originally the state agricultural college, CAES was founded in 1859 by the University Board of Trustees as part of a complete reorganization of the University.[1] It was the first college at the University of Georgia to accept women, beginning in 1918. There are three main campuses--Athens, Tifton, and Griffin. All three campuses are home to various research stations and extension programs. The main Athens campus buildings are Conner Hall, the Edgar Rhodes Center for Animal and Dairy Sciences, and the Four Towers Building. Off-campus sites include barns on South Milledge Avenue, the UGA Teaching Dairy, Double Bridges Farm, the UGA Livestock Teaching Arena, and the Wilkins Beef Unit. Additional research centers are located in Attapulgus, Eatonton, Camilla, Savannah, Blairsville, Calhoun, and Plains. Georgia's Agricultural Extension has programs in 157 of Georgia's 159 counties and five 4-H centers for youth that are located in Hampton, Jekyll Island, Eatonton, Tybee Island, and Dahlonega.


Conner Hall Centennial Celebration

In 1906, Georgia Representative James T. Conner of Bartow County introduced a bill that led to the building's construction. Conner Hall was built in 1908 to house the Georgia State College of Agriculture and the Mechanical Arts. It was first known to the University as Agriculture Hall. In 1923, Agriculture Hall was re-named for Rep. Conner. The building was rededicated in 1976 after a renovation that included features such as an elevator and heating systems. On April 11, 2008, students, faculty, and staff gathered on the lawn of Conner to celebrate the building's 100th year on campus. The celebration included limited edition giclee prints of a watercolor by Jill Leite and free Conner Crunch ice cream catered by Rock Eagle 4-H Center.


  • Dean, J. Scott Angle
  • Associate Dean for Academics, Joe Broder
  • Associate Dean for Research, Bob Shulstad
  • Associate Dean for Extension, Beverly Sparks
  • Assistant Dean Griffiin Campus, Gerald Arkin
  • Assistant Dean Tifton Campus, Joe West


The following departments are part of CAES:

  • Agricultural and Applied Economics (Department Head: Octavio Ramirez)
  • Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (Department Head: Ray Herren)
  • Animal and Dairy Science (Department Head: J. Keith Bertrand)
  • Biological and Agricultural Engineering (Department Head: Ernest Dale Threadgill)
  • Crop and Soil Sciences (Department Head: Donn Shilling)
  • Entomology (Department Head: Raymond Noblet)
  • Food Science and Technology (Department Head: Rakesh Singh)
  • Horticulture (Department Head: Douglas Bailey)
  • Plant Pathology (Department Head: John Sherwood)
  • Poultry Science (Department Head: Michael Lacy)

Programs of Study

Undergraduate Majors Offered

  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Agricultural Communication
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agriscience and Environmental Systems
  • Animal Health
  • Animal Science
  • Applied Biotechnology
  • Avian Biology
  • Biological Engineering
  • Biological Science
  • Dairy Science
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Economics and Management
  • Environmental Resource Science
  • Food Industry Marketing and Administration
  • Food Science
  • Honors Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Horticulture
  • Poultry Science
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Water and Soil Resources

Graduate Majors Offered

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Leadership
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Science
  • Animal and Dairy Science
  • Biological Engineering
  • Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Crop and Soil Science
  • Dairy Science
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Economics
  • Food Science
  • Food Technology
  • Horticulture
  • Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Protection and Pest Management
  • Poultry Science

Undergraduate Minors Offered

  • Agribusiness and Management
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Animal Science
  • Applied Biotechnology
  • Crop Science
  • Dairy Science
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Economics and Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Soil Science
  • Food and Fiber Marketing
  • Food Science
  • Horticulture
  • Plant Pathology
  • Poultry Science
  • Resource Economics
  • Turfgrass Management

Certificate Programs Offered

  • Agrosecurity
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering
  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • International Agriculture
  • Leadership and Service
  • Organic Agriculture
  • Water Resources

Degrees offered


The following undergraduate degrees are offered by CAES:[3]

  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.S.A.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering (B.S.A.E.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Biotechnology (B.S.A.B.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering (B.S.B.E.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences (B.S.E.S.)


  • Master of Agricultural Economics (MAE)
  • Master of Agricultural Leadership (MAL)
  • Master of Animal and Dairy Science (MADS)
  • Master of Crop and Soil Science (MCSS)
  • Master of Food Technology (MFT)
  • Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management (MPPPM)
  • Master of Science (MS)

Interesting Facts

  • The Block and Bridle Club hosts the annual Great Southland Stampede Rodeo every spring
  • Stegeman Coliseum was originally built for agricultural purposes
  • Two different ice-creams have been created for CAES--Centennial Cupcake (4-H) and Conner Crunch (Conner Hall Centennial)
  • There are several Greek organizations associated with the College: Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, Alpha Gamma Rho Agricultural Fraternity, Pi Alpha Xi Horticulture Honor Society, and Alpha Zeta Agricultural Honor Fraternity




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