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About CALS

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Established in 1878 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi, Mississippi State University today continues to excel in its original mission of education, research, and service. The study of agriculture, a founding basis for the institution, was formalized into a college in 1903.

The present-day College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS) presents a broad array of opportunities for the study of life, encompassing 9 schools and departments. Together, they offer 16 majors and 46 concentrations for undergraduates and 10 majors and 30 concentrations for graduate degrees.

The College boasts a learned, experienced faculty of 179, whose common goal is to provide students with the best education possible.

Many departments house specialized research centers that have attracted large federal grants and corporate funding. The College is also closely associated with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES) and the Mississippi State University Extension Service, which both share knowledge and solutions with farmers, business people, and government agencies throughout the state and beyond.


Dr. George Hopper

Dean, CALS

Director of MAFES

Dr. Scott Willard

Associate Dean, CALS

Department Heads/Directors

Dr. Wes Burger

Interim Head, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Dr. Keith Coble

Head, Agricultural Economics

Dr. John Blanton

Head, Animal and Dairy Sciences

Dr. Jeff Dean

Head, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology

Dr. Will Evans

Head, Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion

Dr. Michael Newman

Head, School of Human Sciences

Professor Sadik Artunc

Head, Landscape Architecture

Dr. Darrin Dodds

Head, Plant and Soil Sciences

Dr. Mary Beck

Head, Poultry Science


Cory Bailey

Admissions Coordinator

Amanda Bell

Advancement Coordinator

Taylor Campbell

Admissions Coordinator

Emily Shaw

Director, Undergraduate & Graduate Academic Advising

Beverly Smith

Administrative Assistant II

Tiffney Williams

Administrative Assistant II