Many Plant Science majors transfer to CALS from other institutions. CALS has agreements with many in-state and out-of-state institutions. CALS gives priority to students from articulation schools who meet all of the transfer requirements and demonstrate a true interest in Plant Sciences.
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Students can still transfer from a college that does not have a formal agreement with CALS. Not all credits may transfer, however. Transfer credits are determined by the admissions office. Transfer credits for the major are determined by your advisor. Up to 60 out of 120 required credits can transfer to Cornell from other institutions.
Before the beginning of their junior year, Plant Sciences majors who matriculated as freshmen or sophomores declare an intended concentration (or an intention to complete requirements for a CALS minor in a field of study outside of the Plant Sciences).
The five concentrations are:
Plant Genetics and Breeding
Sustainable Plant Production and Landscape Management
One of the opportunities offered by Cornell that few other institutions can provide is to work side-by-side with world renown faculty on research. Most faculty at Cornell engage in research and will welcome undergraduates into their lab.
Undergraduate researchers can earn credit for their experience, they may get paid to do research, and they often are listed as authors on scientific papers. Many Cornell faculty can trace their road to becoming a professor to a research experience they had as an undergraduate.
All Plant Science Majors are encouraged to engage in a research experience of some type at least once during their time at Cornell. The first step is simply to ask faculty if there are opportunities available. Although structured research programs are available, many opportunities are less formal and come through internships and word-of-mouth. Undergraduate researchers may even apply to graduate with honors.