The Best Life & Agriculture Sciences Programs in the World Today

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The fields of life and agricultural science apply insights from biology, chemistry and environmental science to practical problems like crop production, livestock management and environmental stewardship. Both the Earth’s increasingly extreme weather and its growing population have created a need for life sciences jobs and agricultural science jobs.

Agricultural scientists and life scientists work to meet these challenges by increasing food production, creating weather and disease resistant crops, raising healthier animals and protecting the environment. If you are interested in a life sciences career or an agricultural science career, then read on. The schools on this list are leading the way towards a future where everyone has healthy food to eat as well as a healthy planet to live on.


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From the QS World University Rankings, we identified the 50 best programs in the latest 2019 University Rankings for Life and Agricultural Science.

Taking the QS ranking as our point of departure, we set their ranking against the ranking for life and agricultural Science programs produced by Using machine learning and search algorithms to characterize academic influence on the web, avoids the human bias that infects most academic rankings.

The rankings uncovered by are based on the influential faculty and alum publications, citations, and references associated with a school, degree programs, departments, or discipline. This ranking by influence approach elevates a school or degree program based on which members of its academic community are objectively influential in a given discipline.

By weighing both the QS Programmatic World Rankings and Academic Influence’s rankings, we not only created a unique ranking of the top 50 life and agricultural science programs, but we reveal why each university life and agricultural science program appears where it does.

The 50 Best Life and Agricultural Sciences Programs

1. Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Established in 1865, Cornell is a federal land-grant and private Ivy League research university. The school organizes its academic programs into seven undergraduate colleges and seven graduate colleges.

Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) has the distinction of being the second-largest undergraduate college at the university and the third-largest college of its kind in the country. The college maintains offers four areas of study and research in for its agriculture master’s programs:

  • Food and energy systems
  • Social sciences
  • Life sciences
  • Environmental sciences

The various divisions within the college include development sociology, landscape architecture, and integrative plant science. These divisions offer programs in more than 30 fields of study, which include:

  • Biometry
  • Food science and technology
  • Horticulture
  • Soil and crop sciences

Additionally, the college operates numerous outreach and extension programs, which include the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Stations, the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the CALS Research and Impact Portal.

2. University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Founded in 1817, U-M enjoys a reputation as the state’s oldest institute for higher education. The school offers more than 200 undergraduate majors, in addition to more than 100 doctoral degrees and 90 master’s programs.

U-M formally established its School for Environment and Sustainability in 1950. Master’s students can choose from six fields of specialization:

  • Behavior, education and communication
  • Conservation ecology
  • Environmental informatics
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental policy and planning
  • Sustainable systems

The university also features dual-degree programs in conjunction with:

  • The Erb Institute
  • The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • The University of Michigan Law School
  • The College of Engineering

Undergraduate agriculture programs take place through the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Additional research centers, institutes, and programs affiliated with U-M’s School for Environment and Sustainability include:

  • The Children’s Environmental Health Initiative
  • The Institute for Fisheries Research
  • The International Forestry Resources and Institutions research network

3. University of Cambridge

Cambridge, England

The University of Cambridge is comprised of six schools: Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Technology. The university also hosts 31 autonomous colleges.

Cambridge’s School of the Biological Sciences includes the Faculty of Biology, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, nine departments, five major research institutes and an animal hospital. The school offers a variety of agricultural and labor programs, and it works alongside the Graduate School of Life Sciences, the Graduate Committee, the Medical Education Committee and the Clinical School. The Psychometric Centre and the Centre for Family Studies also fall under the management of the School of the Biological Sciences.

Museums associated with Cambridge include:

  • The Fitzwilliam Museum
  • The Kettle’s Yard Museum
  • The Museum of Archeology and Anthropology
  • The Museum of Zoology
  • The Whipple Museum of the History of Science
  • The Polar Museum
  • The University Botanical Gardens

4. University of California – Davis

Davis, California

Founded in 1908, UC Davis stands as the third-largest school in the University of California system in terms of enrollment with more than 28,000 undergraduates and 7,700 postgraduates. Students can choose from a total of 104 majors and 96 graduate programs. These academic tracks fall under 11 schools and colleges, which include the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

The college has three major divisions: agriculture sciences, environmental sciences, and human sciences. The divisions cover 16 departments, which include:

  • Food science and technology
  • Land/air and water resources
  • Human ecology
  • Plant pathology
  • Biological and agricultural engineering

Offering a variety of agriculture programs, the agriculture college at UC Davis associates with 20 centers and institutes. Some examples include:

  • The Center for Produce Safety
  • The Center for Vector-Borne Diseases
  • The Seed Biotechnology Center
  • The Western Institute for Food Safety and Security

5. University of California – Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Founded in 1868, Berkeley has 14 schools and colleges with 170 academic departments and programs. One of the first colleges within the university was the College of Natural Resources, which can trace its history back to the 1868 formation of the school’s College of Agriculture.

The College of Natural Resources employs 120 faculty members. It enrolls more than 1,800 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students in a range of programs, which include agriculture master’s programs. There are also four Nobel laureates associated with the school. The college has five departments:

  • Agricultural and resource economics
  • Energy and resources group
  • Environmental science/policy and management
  • Nutritional science and toxicology
  • Plant and microbial biology

Additionally, Berkeley features 13 interdisciplinary research centers and facilities. Some of the research centers include:

  • The Berkeley Food Institute
  • The Center for Fire Research and Outreach
  • The Center for Forestry
  • The Center for Green Chemistry
  • The Center for Diversified Farming Systems
  • The Plant Gene Expression Center

6. Royal Veterinary College, University of London

London, England

Of all universities in this ranking, the University of London is the largest; it educates over 200,000 students. Approximately 25% of students earn their degrees entirely online. All 18 schools, colleges and institutions operate independently.

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is one of the top schools in the world for aspiring veterinarians, and it predates the University of London by over 70 years. It educates students both at its Camden campus (near central London) and Hertfordshire campus (just north of the city). The college offers undergraduate degrees in biological sciences, veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing. The graduate program offers three unique tracks: academic, research, and clinical. RVC also emphasizes continuing professional development with rotating courses; students always have at least 20 course options. Veterinarians and nurses can start these courses at any time and pay a flat fee.

RVC faculty and students treat small animals, pets and farm animals. RVC’s eight research centers study diverse veterinary topics like epidemiology, animal welfare and equine pregnancy. Master’s students spend their second and third year performing research, while undergraduates complete at least one research project.

Notable RVC alumni include Mary Brancker, who became the first woman president of the British Veterinary Association in 1967.

7. University of Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

Known as the second-oldest institution of higher education in Australia, the University of Melbourne began serving students in 1853. The public research university features 12 colleges, 11 academic units and 15 graduate schools on or near the main campus.

Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences offers five main academic divisions: agriculture science, food science, general studies, veterinary science, and wine technology and viticulture. Students can select from among 33 academic programs within the five divisions, which include agricultural education degree programs.

The University of Melbourne gives students extensive graduate research opportunities. Some of the project areas include:

  • Animal welfare and behavior
  • Meat science
  • Parasitology
  • Plant pathology
  • Soil science
  • Wildlife research
  • Zoo residencies

The university’s Office for Environmental Programs is separate from the Faculty of Veterinary and Agriculture Science. This program oversees graduate environmental studies programs, which include a master’s, graduate diploma or graduate certificate of environment.

8. Utrecht University

Utrecht, Netherlands

With respect to age, Utrecht University overshadows every other school in this ranking because it began educating students during the High Renaissance. This Dutch public university currently teaches approximately 30,000 students in seven faculties (a faculty is equivalent to a U.S. university school, college or department). Students who earn their degree in life sciences study at the secondary Utrecht Science Park campus.

Utrecht’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine combines coursework, research and patient care in its three master’s programs. Each program prepares graduates to work as veterinarians; the European Union and the U.S. recognize veterinary degrees from Utrecht. The bachelor’s program features a single track and instructs students in English and Dutch. The master’s program features three tracks — companion animal health, farm animal health, and equine health — and requires that students understand Dutch. Bachelor’s and master’s programs both last three years.

The university runs one of the largest educational veterinary hospitals on the European continent. The school’s research mission revolves around improving veterinary education in the Netherlands and throughout the world.Dr. Nienke Endenburg, an Utrecht faculty member, leads the Professional Wellness Group. This group strives to improve veterinarians’ physical and mental health by studying veterinarians’ working conditions throughout the world.

9. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is a private, Ivy League research university and one of the original nine colonial colleges; it began serving students in 1740. Penn administers its numerous academic programs through 12 graduate and professional schools.

The School of Arts and Sciences hosts 27 departments, which include anthropology, biology, criminology, and sociology. Penn offers a range of agriculture programs: a total of 54 undergraduate majors, 10 master’s programs and 33 doctoral programs. Nearly 500 renowned faculty members work on staff.

Penn features more than 30 research centers and programs, which include:

  • The Center for Ancient Studies
  • The Price Lab for Digital Humanities
  • The Energy Research Group
  • The Center for Particle Cosmology
  • The Penn Language Center
  • The Institute for Environmental Studies

The university also runs one of the oldest veterinary colleges in America, which has produced more than 6,000 graduates.

10. University of Sydney

Sydney, Australia

The University of Sydney was Australia’s first university. It educates over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The main campus’ Neo-Gothic architecture camouflages the university’s commitment to modernization. Since the mid-2000s, Sydney has completed five major renovation projects to its law, information technologies and GeoSciences schools.

Students interested in agriculture or life sciences can select from more than 40 majors and minors. Sydney, unlike other universities ranked here, offers a minor in virology and a major in hydrology. Students can further personalize their education by completing interdisciplinary projects. Students can earn credit by pairing and problem-solving with a local business.

Students studying at the Institute of Agriculture perform most of their work at the university’s Camden campus, which is approximately an hour drive from Sydney. The institute offers two tracks for prospective students: agriculture and agribusiness. Agriculture students select from 12 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs that include health security and agriculture and environment. Agribusiness students select from four degree paths.

The institute’s research primarily focuses on cross-cutting, quality food and development agriculture. Faculty and students perform research at seven facilities. The university’s analytical facilities include state-of-the-art mass spectrometers that analyze samples’ isotope ratios, gas chromatography and proton reaction.

11. University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

UCPH is generally recognized as the oldest research institution in Denmark. Founded in 1479, the school has grown into four campuses with six faculties: health and medical sciences, humanities, law, science, social science, and theology. Approximately 100 institutes, departments, laboratories, centers, and museums associate with the school.

The six faculties host more than 40 departments which include:

  • Large animal sciences
  • Veterinary disease biology
  • Food science
  • Plant and environmental sciences

Offering agriculture master’s programs in addition to undergraduate degrees, UCPH’s Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences focuses its research on areas such as:

  • Crop sciences
  • Ecology and biotechnology
  • Plant and soil science
  • Transport biology

Research centers associated with the department include:

  • The Center for Advanced Bioimaging
  • The Copenhagen Plant Science Center
  • The Centre for Social Evolution
  • The UNIK Synthetic Biology Center
  • The Valium Research Center for Plant Plasticity

12. University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland

Founded in 1582, the University of Edinburgh is the sixth-oldest institution of higher learning in the English-speaking world. In 2002, the school reorganized its academic divisions into three major colleges which humanities and social science, medicine and veterinary medicine, and science and engineering.

The College of Science and Engineering include the schools of biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, geosciences, informatics, mathematics, and physics and astronomy.

The School of GeoSciences exists as the result of a merger between the Institute of Ecology and Resource Management, the Department of Geography, the Department of Geology and Geophysics and the Institute for Meteorology. The school can trace its history back to 1770 and the teaching of natural history.

Affiliated research facilities with the university’s agriculture programs include:

  • The Ion Microprobe Facility
  • The Airborne GeoSciences facility
  • The Geophysical Equipment Facility
  • The Scottish Universities Environmental Research Center

13. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, Illinois

Founded 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hosts 17 colleges that offer over 150 undergraduate and 100 graduate programs of study. The school claims the honor of being the second-oldest institution of higher education in the state.

The College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences includes nearly 40 organizations. More than 2,500 undergraduates and 750 graduates participate in its various programs, which include agricultural programs at all levels. Departments include agriculture science and leadership education, crop sciences, food science and human nutrition, and animal sciences. A total of 183 tenured faculty members work on staff.

Research centers and initiatives include:

  • The Brownstown Agronomy Research Center
  • The Crop Sciences Research and Education Center
  • The Dixon Springs Agricultural Center
  • And Dudley Smith Initiative
  • The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
  • The Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center
  • The Saint Charles Horticulture Research Center

14. Wageningen University

Wageningen, Netherlands

Wageningen University functions as a public institute for higher education located in Wageningen, Netherlands. Founded in 1918, the school works to train specialists in the fields of life and social sciences and serves as a member of the Euroleague for Life Sciences university network.

The three core areas of the school are nutrition and food, habitat, and health/lifestyle and living conditions.Wageningen University features a total of 20 bachelor’s agriculture programs and 29 master’s programs, which include two online options, and doctoral studies.

Research areas focus on scientific, social, and commercial concerns in the areas of life sciences and natural resources. Affiliated centers and institutes include:

  • Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)
  • The Agricultural Economics Research Institute
  • The Centre for Development Innovation
  • The Research Institute for Strategic and Applied Marine Ecology
  • The Institute of Food Safety

15. (tie) University of Guelph

Ontario, Canada

A four-year public college, the University of Guelph educates over 32,000 students at its three Ontario campuses and online platform. Formerly the Ontario Agricultural College and Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph continues to attract students who desire an excellent education in the agricultural, life or veterinary sciences. Guelph’s researchers, many of whom are undergraduate and graduate students, investigate environmental challenges on every inhabited continent. The university also offers majors in business economics, engineering, the sciences and the humanities.

Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College 12 areas of study drive the college’s undergraduate and graduate majors. Undergraduates can earn a bachelor’s in one of 16 majors which include equine management, ecology or plant science. The graduate program includes doctoral degrees in animal biosciences and toxicology. The agricultural program also offers associate degrees and certificate programs. Students can complete certificate programs entirely online.

On campus, students learn and perform research in 15 laboratories. The Honey Bee Research Center on the Guelph campus maintains over 300 colonies to study bee health and partially funds itself through honey sales. Other research centers study sustainability issues such as urban organic farming, land and water stewardship, and renewable energy. Guelph hosts the Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety, which is an advisory organization who works with companies and government departments to promote food safety best practices.

15. (tie) University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Tracing its history back to 1853, the University of Florida is the third-largest school in the state. More than 49,000 pupils participate in 16 colleges and enjoy access to over 150 research centers and institutes.

UF’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences is a federal, state and county partnership which has a dedicated focus to agriculture and natural resources. The Institute is comprised of 18 schools and departments, which include the Agriculture and Biological Engineering Department, the Agriculture and Life Sciences College, the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, and the School of Natural Resources and Environment.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences offers 21 undergraduate majors and 23 graduate programs. These programs have over 50 areas of specialization, which include agriculture master’s programs. Associated facilities include:

  • 12 research and education centers throughout the state
  • Four research and demonstration sites
  • One research forest
  • One biological field station

17. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Uppsala, Sweden

At Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), graduate students complete 21 majors related to life or agricultural sciences. All but one graduate program instructs students in English. Agriculture master’s programs include environmental policy, agroecology, animal science, and horticulture. Bachelor’s programs include majors in rural development and forest science. Over 50% of the school’s bachelor’s programs require fluency in Swedish. Students study at one of three SLU campuses throughout Sweden.

The SLU Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden (NJV) performs collaborative research between the university’s animal science and agricultural science departments. Ongoing research projects study animal feed, cheese production and corn health. NJV doctoral students research the agricultural challenges of the 21st century: creating more efficient dairy cow feed, increasing grass biodiversity and farming sustainably. At the NJV research barn, researchers study how different feeds affect dairy cow’s milk production. With over 125 cows, multiple researchers can simultaneously work on various projects.

NJV professors instruct several undergraduate courses where students receive hands-on experience in feed science and animal production systems. Students and faculty members work at three research stations and two laboratories. The analytical laboratory boasts the latest gas chromatography and gel scanning equipment.

18. Texas A&M University

College Station, Texas

With one of the largest endowments in the U.S., Texas A&M University conducts research in multiple academic areas. Also, no other U.S. college or university can claim itself a sea-grant, land-grant and space-grant institution. These grant institutions have special relationships with other participating schools and perform vital research for government agencies. The university’s 12 colleges possess research centers on the main College Station campus, satellite campuses throughout Texas, and a global campus in Qatar.

In the 21st century, just under 10% of the nearly 70,000-member student body continue the agricultural research that began when the university first opened in 1871. The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences dates to 1911, making it Texas A&M second-oldest college. It awards degrees in over 80 undergraduate and graduate subfields that include nine agriculture certificate programs. Unique programs include a bachelor’s in forestry and a master’s in plant pathology.

Undergraduate and graduate students perform original research on crop viruses, climate change, and soil quality. Notable faculty includes Bruce McCarl, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work on climate change. Also, Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution which prevented famine throughout the developing world, taught in the college in the 1980s.

19. University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

Organized into 18 faculties, 12 schools and two colleges, UBC is one of the major public research universities in Canada. Founded in 1908, the school boasts an enrollment of more than 40,000 students. In addition, UBC conducts more than 500 million Canadian dollars’ worth of research each year.

UBC’s Land and Food Systems Faculty serves 1,400 undergraduates and 150 graduates within 12 major degree programs, which includes the agriculture programs. Research groups include the Animal Welfare Program, Food and Resource Economics, and Human Nutrition as well as the Soil, Water, and Sustainability Group.

Four major research centers affiliate with the Land and Food Systems Faculty:

  • The Centre for Aquaculture and Environmental Research
  • The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
  • The Dairy Education and Research Centre
  • The Wine Research Centre

20. University of Wisconsin – Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW) dates to the year Wisconsin became a state: 1848. The state’s first public university, UW became a land-grant college in the mid-1860s, a designation that required the university to offer majors in agriculture, science and engineering. The university has since evolved. Now it has 20 colleges that currently educate students in more than 270 undergraduate and graduate programs.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW dates to 1899. The undergraduate curricula focus on six fields:

  • Bioenergy
  • Climate change
  • Economic development
  • Food systems
  • Health
  • Healthy ecosystems

Students can select a major that involves one or more of these fields. Further, those majoring in an agricultural or life sciences subfield need not forgo studying abroad; students participate in short- and long-term field studies throughout the world. Some students with financial need receive study abroad scholarships.

Graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison work alongside faculty to conduct research that addresses climate change, increases food production and solves other agricultural issues which face modern societies. Students perform research at 12 university research stations throughout Wisconsin. When not conducting research, graduate students complete an agriculture master’s program in one of two subjects: life sciences communication or research and energy demand analysis.

21. ETH Zürich

Zürich, Switzerland

Established in 1854 by the Swiss government, ETH Zürich focuses on the training of engineers and scientists. The school’s 21 associated Nobel Prize winners include Albert Einstein.

Featuring agricultural and labor programs, ETH Zürich features 16 major academic departments. Under the System-Oriented Natural Sciences division sit three departments: earth science, environmental systems sciences and health sciences and technology.

The focus areas of the institution’s research are:

  • World food system
  • Cities of the future
  • Climate change
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Risk research
  • Information processing
  • New materials industrial processes

The school runs more than 16 joint Ph.D. programs with its neighbor, the University of Zürich.

22. Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana

With university classrooms and eight agricultural research stations throughout Indiana, Purdue students and faculty continue the 1860s mission of founder John Purdue. Purdue’s agriculture students use modern technology to study emerging agricultural subfields like plant pathology, natural resources and landscape architecture.

The College of Agriculture first accepted students in 1869; it was Purdue’s first and only college until the College of Pharmacy opened in 1884. Today, students in the agricultural program can select from more than 30 undergraduate majors in areas such as agribusiness, horticulture, and soil and water sciences. Students can apply for one of three on-campus research programs. Undergraduates also travel abroad to study agricultural best practices and perform research. The college’s faculty travel abroad as well: In the early 2000s, professors went to Kabul, Afghanistan to rebuild Kabul University’s agricultural studies programs. Since then, the two universities have rotated faculty to promote cultural and academic exchange.

The college’s graduate degrees include a dozen master’s and doctoral programs; an additional four interdisciplinary programs include faculty and resources from other Purdue colleges. Graduate students and faculty perform research in more than 170 countries. At on-campus research facilities, researchers use government grants to investigate topics like plant genetics and food security.

23. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

UMN is a public research university that was founded in 1851, and it administers educational programs through 19 colleges and schools. This includes the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. The current version of the college is the result of a merger between two separate colleges and a department.

Today, there are a total of 12 academic departments and 10 research and outreach centers associated with the college. The departments offer 13 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs, which include agriculture master’s programs.

The 10 research centers include:

  • The Cloquet Forestry Center
  • The Rosemount Research and Outreach Center
  • The Horticulture Research Center
  • The Sand Plain Research Center

Other multidisciplinary centers include:

  • The Institute on the Environment
  • The Food Industry Center
  • The Center on Urban Ecology and Sustainability
  • The Precision Agriculture Center
  • The Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment
  • The Bell Museum of Natural History
  • The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

24. Massey University

Palmerston North, New Zealand

From 1927-1961, Massey Agricultural College taught students both in the classroom and at local farms and factories. This ensured that their graduates had both academic knowledge and practical experience. Massey University emerged in 1961 after New Zealand reorganized its university system. With campuses in Manawatu, Albany and Wellington, Massey offers prospective students undergraduate programs in business, creative arts, humanities, sciences and health. Although many current students prepare for careers in computer science and other high-tech industries, the university continues to honor its first academic mission through programs in agriculture, horticulture, veterinary studies food, and the natural environment.

Massey’s School of Agriculture and Environment rates as the best agricultural program in New Zealand. The school offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Unique programs include a master’s in equine agriculture, a master’s of quality systems and a postgraduate diploma in soil science and technology. Research efforts center on sustainability, conservation, and preserving New Zealand’s biological diversity. Students studying animal and veterinary sciences can select from dozens of research opportunities. Finally, the school boasts more than 20 bachelor’s and master’s degrees that students can complete entirely online. Approximately 50% of Massey students earn their degrees online.

Nathan Guy, who earned a degree in farming from Massey in 2005, currently serves in New Zealand’s Parliament.

25. Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio

Another major U.S. university with roots in agriculture, The Ohio State University (Ohio State) educates over 66,000 students at its six campuses throughout Ohio. Approximately 90% of students earn their degrees on the Columbus campus, which boasts one of the largest research libraries in the country. Ohio State students study at 16 colleges and schools, many of which emphasize medicine or the sciences.

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) boasts 10 departments and schools that offer undergraduate degrees in animal sciences, meat science and plant health. The CFAES Global Option involves a specialized curriculum wherein students study African and Latin American agricultural challenges and local languages before studying abroad. This program includes a capstone portfolio and other unique graduation requirements.

Graduate students can earn a master’s or doctoral degree. CFAES features nine departmental programs, four interdisciplinary programs and five programs explicitly designed for students who possess professional experience. Graduate students research bioenergy, environmental sustainability and food security at the university’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). OARDC runs nine agricultural research stations and 10 research centers throughout Ohio. Ohio State participates in the Big 10 Academic Alliance. Member schools share research data and resources.

26. Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University’s story began in 1864 when students took courses in a single building known as the Farm House. The name reflected the university’s mission: improving the state’s agriculture by running experiments on the college’s model farm. In the following decades, the college’s academic offerings expanded. Today, 65,000 students work toward over 200 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

The Iowa Agricultural College’s legacy lives on in Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The 24 undergraduate majors include microbiology, nursing and forestry. Agriculture and life sciences students benefit from the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, learning communities and internships. The college encourages undergraduates to work as student researchers. The Science With Practice program conveys valuable academic and professional experience.

Graduate students can choose from over three dozen master’s and doctoral programs. Some programs, such as agricultural education, agronomy and plant breeding, can be completed entirely online. Graduate students perform extensive research at both the Iowa State campus and over a dozen research centers and demonstration farms throughout the state.

Iowa State’s agricultural sciences students follow in the footsteps of the university’s most famous alumni: American botanist and inventor George Washington Carver.

27. The University of Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

UTokyo began administering educational programs in 1877 as the first of Japan’s National Seven Universities. The academic divisions sit within 10 faculties across five campuses.

Featuring a range of agriculture programs, the university’s Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences is home to 12 departments, which include the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Biology, the Department of Global Agricultural Sciences, and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. The predecessor to the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences was the Agricultural Training School of the Ministry of Home Affairs, established in 1874.

Affiliated institutes include:

  • The Institute for Sustainable Agro-ecosystem Services
  • The Fisheries Laboratory
  • The Experimental Station for Bio-Animal Science
  • The Research Center for Food Safety
  • The University Library for Agricultural Life Sciences

28. North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina

Formerly the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, North Carolina State University (NC State) awards degrees in more than 300 undergraduate and graduate programs. In 2008, the university opened its University Sustainability Office to promote recycling and reduce the university’s electricity usage. Students can participate by joining the EcoVillage, a dormitory of like-minded students who spearhead the university’s sustainability efforts.

Students and faculty at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) promote sustainability by performing research at 18 agricultural sites throughout the state. The college boasts 12 departments which include agricultural and human sciences, applied ecology, and molecular and structural biochemistry. All programs include undergraduate and graduate degree paths.Undergraduate researchers play a vital role in the college’s work. The university’s career services work tirelessly to place graduate agricultural education program students in their first careers.

Within CALS, educational opportunities exist not only in the university’s classrooms and laboratories, but throughout the state. Through NC State Extension, students learn from practicing farmers and other professionals. Students who participate in this exciting program can select from four pathways: food sustainability, youth enrichment, community improvement, or public health.

CALS awards over 600 scholarships totaling more than $1,000,000 each year to eligible students.

29. Ghent University

Ghent, Belgium

Located in Belgium, Ghent University was established in 1817 and consists of 11 faculties and 130 departments who’s 9,000 staff members serve over 41,000 students. The Faculty of Bioscience Engineering manages 16 of those departments, which include: plant production, forestry and water management, food safety and food quality, soil, animal production, and applied life sciences.

Also managed by the faculty is the Department of Agricultural Economics, which focuses on the economic aspects of agriculture and food. The department Administers a variety of agriculture programs through its six major research domains:

  • Farm management/agricultural policy and rural environmental economics
  • Agro-food marketing
  • Agribusiness marketing and management
  • Rural development economics
  • Modelling and optimization of decisions in economics
  • Economics and management of natural resources

30. University of Bristol

Bristol, England

While the University of Bristol first educated engineering students in the late 16th century, it did not become an independent school until 1876. Today, Bristol educates nearly 24,000 students on its campus in England’s west country. The university attracts potential life sciences students with its new research center. Modern laboratories, office space and lecture rooms put Bristol at the center of 21st-century life sciences research.

Bristol’s Faculty of Life Sciences comprises 12 undergraduate and 24 graduate programs. Unlike many schools on this ranking, Bristol offers an undergraduate virology major. Doctoral students can select from fully-funded programs in:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological sciences
  • Cellular medicine
  • Experimental psychology
  • Physiology

In addition to offering degrees, the faculty also trains practicing doctors, nurses, and veterinarians in the latest medical knowledge and techniques. Like its doctoral programs, the university fully funds many training programs, which makes them an attractive option to medical professionals.

The faculty’s research spans 12 subfields. Faculty and students work at six on-campus research facilities. Veterinarians and students run a specialized animal hospital to provide care to pets, farm animals and animal research subjects. Bristol works alongside Britain’s National Health Service to test biomechanical implants on animal subjects before devices receive approval for human use.

31. Australian National University

Canberra, Australia

Originally a graduate and postgraduate university, Australian National University (ANU) now educates 10,000 undergraduates alongside its 10,000 graduate students. Located in Canberra, the national capital, the university promotes sustainability by performing groundbreaking research in environmental sciences, climate change, biodiversity, land management and alternative energy sources.

The Fenner School of Environment and Society spearheads many of ANU’s sustainability efforts. Undergraduates can earn one of six bachelor’s degrees, three of which include honors programs. The school’s master’s programs feature specializations in climate change, environment, environmental science and forestry. Doctoral students can custom-tailor their educations to their academic interests and career goals. Recent postgraduate dissertations cover many sustainability subfields: promoting societal change, improving the food supply chain, and creating new energy sources. All students can participate in one or more multi-night field trips to study Australia’s vast biodiversity.

Life sciences research at ANU takes place all over the world. An ongoing project studies biodiversity in Antarctica. Graduate and honors undergraduate students may apply to work on this and other research projects. For example, at the Vietnam Field School, students spend three weeks collecting data for an independent research project.

The Fenner School honors Frank Fenner, who, while working at ANU, made significant contributions to smallpox eradication and led the university’s Centre for Resources and Environmental Studies during the mid-1970s.

32. University of Reading

Reading, England

Once part of Oxford University in the late 19th century, the University of Reading has granted degrees since 1926. Approximately 40 miles west of London, the Reading campus contains 14 schools and institutes, and it boasts three satellite campuses around London and one in Malaysia. Although many of the university’s colleges and programs attract attention for their excellent research and faculty, only the agriculture program can claim to be the best the in the United Kingdom.

The School of Agriculture, Policy, and Development (APD) offers undergraduate degrees in agriculture, animal science, marketing, environmental management and international development. All programs emphasize case studies, practicums, and real-world experiences that students gain in the field. The agriculture program includes a placement option wherein students work at a global agribusiness company for one year in the United Kingdom, Europe or New Zealand. Master’s programs focus on applied economics and agriculture. Finally, the six doctoral programs emphasize international development and crop sciences. APD offers free online courses and continuing professional development so that agricultural students and scientists all over the world can benefit from APD’s research breakthroughs.

APD’s agriculture program research facilities include dairy, crop, fruit and analytical laboratories. Doctoral students regularly work alongside faculty. Latest research findings include methods to smoke food that reduce cancer-causing compounds without sacrificing flavor. APD also conducts cutting-edge research into producing healthier milk and studying cocoa’s healthy compounds.

33. University of Liverpool

Liverpool, England

Although the university dates to 1881, Liverpool looks to the future with sustainability initiatives that have reduced the university’s carbon footprint by 13% in recent years. The university has more than 200 programs which educate approximately 21,000 undergraduate and 6,200 graduate students.

Liverpool’s School of Life Sciences offers 13 undergraduate programs that include genetics, tropical disease biology and zoology. The graduate program features a single master’s degree in biological sciences with an academic or research track. Students in the research track participate in one of the university’s ongoing research projects in climate change, wildlife epidemiology and prion diseases. Both academic and research master’s students select from 15 educational pathways.

Life sciences students can further customize their educations by participating in one field course for each year they study. In the first year, students travel to a preserved habitat in the United Kingdom to learn taxonomy by observing local animal populations. In the second year, students spend two weeks in Uganda to perform a research project. Finally, in their third year, students spend two weeks in a French national park collecting data for their senior research projects.

Liverpool boasts four former faculty members who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for their work in disease prevention and genetics.

34. AgroParisTech

Paris, France

Officially the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food, and Environmental Sciences, ArgoParisTech inherited its predecessor’s experience and expertise. The institute educates 2,400 graduate students, 20% of whom enroll in doctoral programs. In 2018, the school’s nine campuses moved to Paris-Saclay, which was already famous for its university research laboratories and scientific discoveries. The center’s French reputation compares to the U.S.’s Silicon Valley.

ArgoParisTech’s curricula center on themes: water, forests, sustainable development, nutrition, etc. In the master’s program, French-speaking students select from 16 programs. The university offers only seven programs for English speakers:

  • Food innovation
  • Food studies
  • Climate
  • Forests
  • Animal biology
  • Synthetic biology
  • Business intelligence

Five of these programs do not formally admit students until they complete their first year at the institute. All doctoral programs require that applicants speak French. However, students may prepare their dissertations in English or French.

When not in class, ArgoParisTech faculty and students perform research in six areas that include agricultural research programs. The institute boasts relationships with France’s four premier research centers, which include the National Institute of Agronomic Research. Each summer, the institute hosts a unique agricultural and labor program wherein English-speaking students learn about French agricultural best practices.

35. Kyoto University

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto University began as the Chemistry School in 1869. The name was changed to Kyoto University in 1897, when the school became part of the Imperial University. The institution organizes its academic departments into 10 faculties and 19 graduate school divisions.

The Graduate School of Agriculture began in 1953; however, the Faculty of Agriculture was established in 1897. When the faculty launched, there were six departments: farming and horticulture, forestry, agricultural chemistry, biology of agriculture and forestry, agriculture and forestry engineering, and economics of agriculture and forestry. Today, there are a total of six undergraduate departments and seven graduate departments administering a variety of agriculture programs.

Numerous laboratories associate with each department. Some examples include:

  • The Laboratory of Forest Biology
  • The Chemistry of Biomaterials Laboratory
  • The Laboratory of Plant Breeding
  • The Laboratory of Food Quality Design and Development

36. The University of Queensland

Brisbane, Australia

The University of Queensland is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutes of higher education in Australia. It was founded in 1901 as a public research university. UQ offers academic divisions which are broadly organized into faculties such as business/economics and law, engineering/ architecture and information technology, health and behavioral sciences, humanities and social sciences, medicine and biomedical sciences, and science.

Students in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences can choose from more than 80 tracks. These tracks include:

  • Environmental management
  • Veterinary science
  • Rural development
  • Agriculture science
  • Dual-degree agriculture programs in agribusiness and equine science
  • Sustainable agriculture

Nine research institutes and more than 100 research centers affiliated with the university. Some examples include the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, and the Sustainable Minerals Institute.

37. Pennsylvania State University

University Park, Pennsylvania

With 19 campuses throughout Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) attracts many students who begin their educations at a local community college. The university boasts many 2+2 programs that accept associate degrees from state community colleges and let students earn their bachelor’s degree in just two years.

The College of Agricultural Sciences instructs students and performs research at Penn State’s main University Park Campus. The college specializes in nine areas; these areas feature veterinary sciences and plant pathology. Students can select from 17 bachelor’s and 18 graduate programs. Undergraduates apply to their majors after completing preliminary coursework. Each major has different admission requirements. Online students can complete an agriculture certificate program in turfgrass management.

In recent years, undergraduate students have completed internships as far away as Indonesia. Undergraduate internships confer college credit. The university invests nearly $100 million each year into faculty and graduate students’ research projects. The university’s food science research involves discovering mushrooms’ health benefits.

Gary Felton, who performed initial research into colony collapse disorder, leads the college’s Department of Entomology. In December 2018, Penn State became the 55th Bee Campus USA institution. Bee Campus USA recognizes schools that promote bee health through research and growing bee-friendly plants. Passionate undergraduates in the Beekeepers Club raise community awareness and learn beekeeping best practices from local farmers.

38. University of Glasgow

Glasgow, Scotland

The University of Glasgow is oldest school in this ranking; it has instructed students since 1451. Today, the university’s four colleges oversee 21 schools. Scottish and European Union residents — minus the other countries in the United Kingdom — receive free tuition, which makes Glasgow an attractive option for eligible students no matter their intended major.

The undergraduate program within the School of Life Sciences stands out from other universities for its focus on professional societies and career counseling. Students in each department — animal biology, human biology, infection and immunity, and biomolecular sciences — can join a specialized organization that provides both networking and extracurricular opportunities. Master’s students can select from four degree paths. The university designed its biomedical sciences master’s program specifically for students preparing to enter the doctoral program.

Doctoral students apply to work in one of the university’s ongoing research projects while earning their degrees. Current research projects include studying pollution’s effects on freshwater fish and examining how growing urban areas affect biodiversity. Doctoral researchers work at the university’s seven research institutes.

Each year, the university hosts an international summer school wherein college students from around the world gain hands-on experience in bioscience, genetics, and human anatomy. The summer school experience includes visits to Glasgow’s expansive zoology and anatomy museums.

39. Norwegian University of Life Sciences

As, Norway

Students and faculty at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NULS) dedicate themselves to improving the planet’s health by researching new ways to use resources responsibly and reduce pollution. NULS was Norway’s premier agricultural institution in the 19th century, and it continues to explore the life sciences’ frontier through its seven faculties. Approximately 5,000 students earn their degrees on the As campus just north of Norway’s capital, Oslo. The university offers four study programs: bachelor’s, master’s, veterinary medicine and doctoral programs.

The university’s three-year bachelor’s program stresses research methods and political ecology (how a nation’s economic decisions affect the environment). Master’s students select from 13 specializations, which include ecology and feed manufacturing techniques. The veterinary program, which requires five-and-a-half years to complete, requires that students understand Norwegian. NULS is the only university in Norway where students can earn a veterinary degree. The 10 doctoral programs at NULS include unique specializations in food sciences and international development. The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management oversees all life science and agriculture programs.

Master’s and doctoral students perform research in forest inventory, renewable energy and tropical rainforest ecology. The department boasts two state-of-the-art research centers studying biofuels and environmental pollution. The university’s other scientific departments possess centers for genetic, land tenure and biomedical research.

40. China Agricultural University

Beijing, China

More than 20,000 students attend China Agricultural University, the nation’s first university dedicated to agronomy, life sciences and food sciences. Founded in 1905, the university contains 18 colleges that instruct students in agriculture and other fields such as law, medicine, philosophy and literature.

Undergraduate students enrolled in the university’s College of Agronomy and Biotechnology can earn degrees in agronomy or seed science and engineering. Master’s students have seven options while doctoral students have five. The college uses career-planning services such as personality tests to help students select their first jobs after graduation.

The agriculture program employs 81 professors who, with graduate students’ assistance, perform research at the National Maize Improvement Center and other Ministry of Agriculture research centers. The college’s latest research concerns molecular breeding, rice genetics, and crop control cultivation.

The Communist Party of China oversees all work performed at China Agricultural. In the College of Agronomy and Biotechnology, a party secretary and vice-secretary run the undergraduate and graduate student unions. Chinese students use these unions as steppingstones toward party membership, which benefits them throughout their careers as scientists, researchers, or professors.

41. Colorado State University – Fort Collins

Fort Collins, Colorado

Founded in 1870, Colorado State — then known as Colorado Agricultural College — set out to study the best agricultural practices. Local farmers, known as the Grange, supported the college in its first years by donating money to campus construction efforts. Although the modern university offers degrees in business, engineering and liberal arts, the College of Agricultural Sciences continues the university’s first academic mission.

Colorado State’s College of Agricultural Sciences features five departments: resource economics, animal sciences, bioagricultural sciences, horticulture and crop sciences. The departments award nine undergraduate and 39 graduate degrees. The undergraduate curricula boast optional minors in soil restoration, plant health and organic agriculture. Graduate students earn master’s and doctorates in subjects relevant to 21st-century agricultural careers lie pest management, meat safety and plant biotechnology.

Students receive their first introduction to research at the university’s Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). At the AES and seven other research centers throughout the state, students perform research into animal and plant breeding. Colorado State facilitates graduate researchers with grant facilitation teams; these are professionals who guide students through the grant application process.

One of the college’s many traditions involves agricultural students growing and selling poinsettias during the holidays. Growing these festive plants teaches students about plant health and pest prevention.

42. Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

Washington’s first university, Washington State University (WSU) educates nearly 30,000 students at its six campuses and online. Its 10 colleges include an honors program for undergraduates majoring in any discipline.

The College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) awards undergraduate degrees in 21 subjects. Majors unique to WSU include agricultural education and viticulture (Washington boasts robust wine growing regions). Students can further personalize their degrees through a certificate, a specialization or a minor. The 15 master’s programs and 14 doctoral programs feature overlapping curricula wherein students who earn a master’s can immediately start a doctoral program in the same subject.

Students interested in on-campus internships build profiles on the WSU website and use them to apply to open positions. Some students intern at university research facilities while others intern at businesses that have a handshake agreement with WSU. Academically gifted students can become CAHNRS ambassadors: students who promote the college at local high schools.

The WSU Extension programs bring CAHNRS’s expertise to Washington residents. Programs and courses take place at 39 locations throughout the state. WSU also offers an online agricultural certificate program. The 18-credit organic agriculture undergraduate certificate includes an internship component that students complete in their home communities.

43. Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

A sun-grant institution, Oregon State University (OSU) receives federal funding for researching renewable energy; only five other universities throughout the U.S. hold this designation. The university receives nearly half-a-billion dollars per year to conduct research for the federal government. This allows OSU to simultaneously perform cutting-edge research in multiple fields. Approximately 31,000 students attend courses on the Corvallis, Bend and online campuses.

Undergraduates attending OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences select from more than 40 majors in diverse agricultural subfields: biosource research, ecological engineering and sustainability. Graduate students can enroll in a master’s, doctoral or a combined master’s/Ph.D. program. The college awards more than 140 scholarships each year to incoming students. Agricultural sciences students often study abroad in England and Peru to research sustainable farming practices.

OSU undergraduates perform research (via an internship) alongside graduate students and faculty at experiment stations. Each station pursues research in a different agricultural subfield. Depending on the research station, undergraduates may receive complimentary housing or salary for their work. Undergraduates can also intern at private businesses, federal agencies or even abroad. The university gives graduate students ample resources for writing research proposals, submitting grant applications, and maintaining a safe research site.

44. Free University of Berlin

Berlin, Germany

The Freie Universitaet Berlin — the Free University of Berlin or FU Berlin — opened in 1948 after students in West Berlin demanded a college free of political bias. Students protested in response to how the Nazi regime oppressed academia and how the Soviet Union, who controlled East Berlin, was doing the same to other German universities. In the years following German reunification, FU Berlin increased its research initiatives while forming relationships with institutes around the world.

At FU Berlin, the Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy and the Department of Veterinary Medicine attract students who plan to work in agriculture or life sciences careers. The veterinary department’s bachelor’s in horse science prepares students for a career or graduate study with a curriculum which emphasizes horse training, breeding and agricultural sciences. All life science and veterinary bachelor’s programs require students to communicate in German. Once students graduate, they can start a master’s program immediately. Master’s programs take two years and often involve research opportunities.

Students at the Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy perform research into molecular biology, plant sciences, and bioinformatics. The Department of Veterinary Medicine’s 15 institutes and four animal clinics study diverse topics such as animal biochemistry, virology, and pathology. FU Berlin conducts research in concert with local governmental and private organizations.

45. University College Dublin

Dublin, Republic of Ireland

University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland’s largest university and dates to 1854. Its six colleges educate 16,000 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students on its Belfield campus a few miles from Dublin’s city center. In the mid-2000s, UCD instituted UCD Horizons, a program where students personalize their educations by selecting electives that complement their majors.

UCD hosts Ireland’s only School of Agriculture and Food Science. Undergraduate majors emphasize Ireland’s agricultural history and 21st-century needs: dairy business, equine animal science and agribusiness management. All majors include either an internship or independent research component. Agricultural and food science students regularly study abroad or perform professional work experience overseas. The 10 graduate programs require one to two years to complete.

Graduate students apply to work on university research projects in:

  • Agribusiness
  • Crop science
  • Sustainable research management
  • Food science
  • Forestry

Hands-on research occurs at the Lyons Research Farm, where students and faculty experiment with new feed mixtures on cattle. Recent research breakthroughs include equine light therapy that helps pregnant horses produce healthier offspring.

UCD extends its agricultural program to local communities through a research seminar series. These seminars are open to the public and introduce farmers to new tools and methods such as using drones to perform crop management.

46. LMU Munich

Munich, Germany

Also known as LMU, the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich educated its first students in the late 15th century. These students could select from only four majors: medicine, law, theology or philosophy. Today, LMU offers hundreds of majors at its 18 faculties. To attract foreign graduate students, professors conduct 28 graduate programs in English, which include plant sciences. Undergraduates must understand German to gain admission.

The Faculty of Biology offers undergraduate students a single degree pathway which stresses foundational coursework in zoology, biochemistry and evolution. Students specialize by selecting electives in their second and third years. Graduate students have more options; they can earn doctorates in life sciences, systemic neuroscience, synthetic biology or cancer evolution. The faculty’s “Heads On” program introduces new graduate students to research methodology by having them work under faculty and more experienced graduate students in laboratory settings. Doctoral students who earn degrees in synthetic biology put their skills to the test in the annual iGEM competition.

Besides preparing students for careers as research scientists, the Faculty of Biology strives to improve biology education throughout German high schools. The faculty’s teacher education program trains more than 1,000 teachers in both biology teaching best practices and the field’s latest developments.

47. Vetsuisse Faculty Bern and Zürich

Bern and Zürich, Switzerland

The University of Bern and the University of Zürich represent the pinnacle of Switzerland’s higher education system. Rather than compete, these two esteemed universities collaborate. For example, in 2006 the universities’ veterinary departments merged into the Vetsuisse Faculty.

The veterinary program at Vetsuisse requires six years: three years for the bachelor’s degree and three years for master’s degree. Vetsuisse teaches all courses in German. Third-year bachelor’s students can intern at a local veterinary clinic for 8–12 weeks depending on the work site. The university also assists interested undergraduates in finding internship opportunities on local farms.

The program prepares students to take the Swiss veterinarian federal examination. The diploma does not automatically qualify graduates to work as veterinarians in the European Union or U.S. However, graduates may gain licensure in another country if they complete an internship and residency abroad. Vetsuisse places its graduates in 25 European and American institutes to receive additional training.

Between them, the universities boast several institutes and clinics. Students and faculty research veterinary physiology, epidemiology, food safety and other areas that benefit domestic pets, horses and other farm animals. The clinics provide students with valuable hands-on experience. Students who work with laboratory animals undergo extensive training to ensure that they humanely treat animal subjects.

48. University of Nottingham

Nottingham, England

The University of Nottingham’s School of Biosciences offers over two dozen undergraduate degrees in agriculture, animal science, environmental science and nutrition. Programs require three to four years to complete. Many programs include an industry placement year wherein students intern with a local business or research institute. Students can also study abroad at Nottingham’s Malaysia campus or a participating partner university in France, Austria or Spain. Students can choose to study full time or part time to complete their agriculture program.

Prospective biosciences graduate students can select from academic and research tracks that lead to a master’s or doctoral degree. Graduate students customize their degrees by choosing an educational pathway (e.g., crop science, dietetics, microbiology, etc.) and researching projects that form their dissertations’ framework.

Students study and perform research on the Sutton Bonington campus, which also houses the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. Bioscience and veterinary students often collaborate on animal science research projects. The university’s bioscience research themes feature reproduction, agriculture and industrial brewing. The campus uses modern facilities to research both small and large animals.

The university works with the greater Nottingham community by offering industry professionals short courses in animal science, food science, crop science and brewing. New training courses start at many points throughout the year.

49. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona — The Autonomous University of Barcelona, or UAB — boasts 57 departments that award over 160 undergraduate and graduate degrees to its approximately 43,000 students. Though the university celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018, it continuously ranks as one of the top universities not just in Spain, but in Western Europe.

The Faculty of Biosciences at UAB offers seven bachelor’s degree paths which require students to converse in Catalan, Spanish, and English. These programs accept 65-80 new students each semester and take four years to complete. The Faculty of Sciences’ veterinary program takes five years and prepares students to work as veterinarians throughout Spain and the European Union. While students in this program must understand Catalan and Spanish, this program also requires strong English skills.

Biosciences and veterinary students perform research at university research institutes, interuniversity institutes and national research centers. The Office of International Projects connects students with research opportunities throughout Europe and overseas.

UAB participates in the Horizon 2020 program, which grants funding to theoretical and practical research studies that promote innovation which benefits all Europeans. Biosciences graduate students who research food security or sustainable agriculture may apply for a Horizon 2020 grant.

50. University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia

One of the oldest public universities in the United States, the University of Georgia (UGA) educates 38,000 students at its Athens campus. Students in all 17 schools and colleges participate in the Sustainable UGA program. Students complete internships, certificate programs or independent projects that UGA funds through campus sustainability grants.

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) offers more than 20 agricultural programs such as an honors interdisciplinary studies majors where students create one-of-a-kind study plans. Other unique majors include entomology and applied biotechnology. Some undergraduate degrees include a 4+1 option where students earn a bachelor’s and master’s in just five years. Master’s and doctoral students select from eight fields, which include poultry science and dairy science. Graduate students can qualify for teaching, research or lab assistantships.

All CAES undergraduates complete either independent research, practicums or internships custom-tailored to their degrees. The graduate program includes research departments for each academic pathway. At any given time, each department’s faculty and graduate students perform 5–15 research projects.

CAES agriculture program students maintain a farm that produces herbs for teas and soap, which the university sells during the winter holidays. This farm represents only one of many student initiatives that CAES supports through university grants.


The 50 Best Life and Agriculture Sciences Programs in the World | 2015
  1. Harvard University
    (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
  2. University of Cambridge
    (Cambridge, England)
  3. Stanford University
    (Stanford, California)
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT
    (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
  5. University of California, San Francisco
    (San Francisco, California)
  6. University of Washington
    (Seattle, Washington)
  7. Yale University
    (New Haven, Connecticut)
  8. University of California, Berkeley
    (Berkeley, California)
  9. University College London
    (London, England)
  10. Rockefeller University
    (New York, New York)
  11. University of California, San Diego
    (San Diego, California)
  12. University of Oxford
    (Oxford, England)
  13. Columbia University
    (New York, New York)
  14. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
    (Dallas, Texas)
  15. Johns Hopkins University
    (Baltimore, Maryland)
  16. Cornell University
    (Ithaca, New York)
  17. University of California, Los Angeles
    (Los Angeles, California)
  18. University of Wisconsin - Madison
    (Madison, Wisconsin)
  19. University of Pennsylvania
    (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  20. Kyoto University
    (Kyoto, Japan)
  21. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    (Champaign, Illinois)
  22. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
  23. University of California – Davis
    (Davis, California)
  24. University of Zurich
    (Zurich, Switzerland)
  25. The University of Western Australia
    (Perth, Western Australia)
  26. McGill University
    (Montreal, Québec)
  27. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
  28. Washington University in St. Louis
    (St. Louis, Missouri)
  29. Duke University
    (Durham, North Carolina)
  30. University of Wageningen
    (Wageningen, Netherlands)
  31. Karolinska Institute
    (Solna Municipality, Sweden)
  32. The University of Melbourne
    (Melbourne, Austrailia)
  33. California Institute of Technology
    (Pasadena, California)
  34. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  35. London Imperial College
    (London, England)
  36. The University of Queensland
    (Brisbane, Queensland)
  37. The University of Tokyo
    (Tokyo, Japan)
  38. University of Toronto
    (Toronto, Canada)
  39. University of Copenhagen
    (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  40. University of British Columbia
    (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  41. University of Massachusetts Medical School
    (Worcester, Massachusetts)
  42. The University of Edinburgh
    (Edinburgh, Scotland)
  43. Ghent University
    (Ghent, Belgium)
  44. University of Basel
    (Basel, Switzerland)
  45. University of Pittsburgh
    (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  46. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich
    (Zürich, Switzerland)
  47. University of Chicago
    (Chicago, Illinois)
  48. University of Oslo
    (Oslo, Norway)
  49. University of Florida
    (Gainesville, Florida)
  50. King’s College London
    (London, England)

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