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About CAES

Quick Facts

Mission — Making Life Better

To seek, verify and apply knowledge to enhance agriculture, the environment and communities.


The study of agriculture and the environment has been an important part of UGA since the 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).


The CAES has classrooms, laboratories and facilities on UGA campuses in Athens, Griffin and Tifton, Georgia. These locations are also where the UGA agricultural experiment stations are based. In addition, CAES has research and education centers in Attapulgus, Eatonton, Watkinsville, Blairsville, Calhoun, Midville, Plains and Lyons. The college is also represented across the state by local UGA Extension offices and five 4-H Centers in Hampton, Jekyll Island, Eatonton, Tybee Island and Dahlonega.


17,664 acres — 835 buildings in 24 counties

Work Force

Faculty - 485; Staff - 749; Total Employees: 1,234

FY12 Financial Summary

$68.81 million (46% from State of Georgia)

  Instruction Research Extension
State $15.35* $33.84 $28.23
Federal $0.57 $4.92 $8.23
County $22.27
Sales $0.54 $6.93 $11.00
Sponsored $28.32 $7.38
Other $0.98 $0.25

*in millions of dollars


J. Scott Angle, Dean and Director
Joe Broder, Associate Dean - Academics
Bob Shulstad, Associate Dean - Research
Beverly Sparks, Associate Dean - Extension
Jean A. Bertrand, Assistant Dean - Academics
Harald Scherm, Assistant Dean - Research
Steve L. Brown, Assistant Dean - Extension
John Sherwood, Assistant Dean - Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Gerald Arkin, Assistant Dean - Griffin Campus
Joe West, Assistant Dean - Tifton Campus


  • 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

Student Enrollment (Fall Semester 2012)

Undergraduate - 1,687; Graduate - 397; Total: 2,084

CAES students on campus

From Georgia - 83%
International - 9%
Female - 58%
African-American - 8%
All minority - 19%
Total Alumni: 14,500+

Student Scholastic Achievement

2012 Freshmen
857 students; Average SAT score - 1210 (math + verbal)
95%+ in-state freshmen on HOPE Scholarships

Honors Program
79 students, including 28 freshmen; Freshman SAT score - 1334

Career Preparation
Of 10 UGA colleges awarding undergraduate degrees, CAES ranks:

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

Academic Offerings

  • Bachelors of science in agriculture (16 majors)
  • Bachelors of science in applied biotechnology
  • Bachelors of science in environmental sciences (5 majors)
  • Minors (17 fields)
  • Certificate programs (9 certificates)
  • Master of agribusiness
  • Master of agricultural leadership
  • Master of animal and dairy science
  • Master of crop and soil sciences
  • Master of food technology
  • Master of plant protection and pest management
  • Masters of Science (15 programs)
  • Ph.D. (8 programs)

Student Opportunities

  • The Deans' Promise
  • 30 student organizations
  • Career resources
  • Distance education
  • High school programs

Study Abroad programs to:

  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Europe
  • France
  • Italy
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Uruguay
  • U.S. Virgin Islands - St. Croix


  • CAES is ranked No. 4 by the National Research Council for scientific productivity in American colleges of agricultural science.
  • CAES based research accounted for 78 percent of all royalty income for UGA in FY2013.
  • 70 percent of the peanuts grown in the U.S. are UGA-developed varieties.
  • UGA licensed turfgrass grows on every continent except Antarctica.

Centers and Institutes

  • Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development
  • Center for Food Safety
  • Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
  • Center for Soybean Improvement
  • Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center
  • Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
  • Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics

Laboratories and Initiatives

  • Laboratories
  • Center of Atmospheric Biogeosciences
  • C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park
  • Food Process Research and Development Laboratory
  • Georgia Envirotron
  • Georgia Structural Pest Control Training Facility
  • Honey Bee Lab
  • Laboratory for Environmental Analysis
  • Meat Science and Technology Center
  • National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory
  • Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation
  • Poultry Research Center
  • UGA Rhizotron

UGA Extension

  • UGA Extension agents in 157 counties provide Georgian with unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, youth and families.
  • Returns $3 for every $1 invested in Georgia counties.
  • Reaches more than 2.1 million Georgians each year.
  • More than 170,000 Georgia 4-H members are pledging their heads, hearts, hands and health in order to improve their communities.

Contact Information

Dean and Director
101 Conner Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7501

Phone: (706) 542-3924
Fax: (706) 542-0803



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