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About CAES

Quick Facts

CAES Snapshot

The study of agriculture and the environment has been an important part of UGA since its earliest years. The university’s founder, Abraham Baldwin, envisioned a college garden capable of supplying food for the students and the community. What is now the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences was founded in 1859. It was the first college at the university to accept women (1918).

CAES is one of 17 schools and colleges that make up UGA. CAES provides students with a small college experience within a large university. Small, upper division classes allow students to connect easily with professors. Students can study plants, animals, business, communication, teaching, food science and the environment. The college focuses on providing a safe food supply, clean environment and a better life for everyone. CAES has classrooms, laboratories and facilities on UGA campuses in Athens, Griffin and Tifton, Georgia.

In addition, CAES has research and education facilities in Attapulgus, Blairsville, Calhoun, Camilla, Eatonton, Lyons, Midville, Plains, Savannah and Watkinsville. The college is also represented across the state by local UGA Cooperative Extension offices and five 4-H Centers in Hampton, Eatonton, Tybee Island, Jekyll Island and Dahlonega.

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18,856 acres; 937 buildings

Work Force

Tenure-track faculty and administration 248
Public service faculty 323 (269 agents)
Regular staff 1,006
Temporary employees 1,043
Total employees 2,620

FY15 Financial Summary *

$193.28 million (44.1% from state of Georgia)

  Instruction Research Extension
State $17.99 $36.86 $30.47
Federal - $6.82 $10.80
County - - $25.78
Sales $0.76 $9.48 $11.90
Sponsored $0.82 $30.12 $11.32
Other - $0.10 $0.06
TOTAL $19.57 $83.38 $90.33

*In millions of dollars; 'Reflects awards


  • Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
  • Animal and Dairy Science
  • Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Entomology
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Horticulture
  • Plant Pathology
  • Poultry Science

Centers and Institutes

  • Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development
  • Center for Applied Genetic Technologies
  • Center for Food Safety
  • Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
  • Center for Urban Agriculture
  • Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center
  • Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics
  • Regenerative Bioscience Center

Academic Offerings

  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (16 majors)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences (5 majors)
  • Minors (18 fields)
  • Certificate Programs (8 undergraduate; 4 graduate)
  • Master's degrees (19 programs)
  • Doctoral degrees (14 programs)
  • Study abroad opportunities (9+ programs)

Student Enrollment (Fall Semester 2015)

Undergraduate: 1,559; Graduate: 461
Total: 2,020

CAES students on campus

  • From Georgia: 88%
  • International: 8.1%
  • Female: 63.3%
  • African-American: 9.9%
  • All minority: 21.8%

Total CAES Graduates: 22,000

Student Scholastic Achievement

98%+ in-state freshmen on HOPE Scholarships.
86 students, including 28 freshmen, in UGA Honors Program.

Career Preparation

Of 12 UGA colleges awarding undergraduate degrees, CAES ranks:

  • 2nd in percentage of graduates attending graduate/professional schools
  • 3rd in average starting salaries

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University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)