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Hak Lae Lee, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

As the cradle of Korean agricultural sciences, the College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS) of Seoul National University is proud of our century-long tradition of excellence. The CALS aims to contribute human resource development through research and education in agriculture and life sciences, nurturing future generations of outstanding scholars, leaders in bio-industry, leaders in sustainable agriculture and rural development, and individuals with creative mind and humanity. Our vision is to be the pre-eminent college for teaching, research, and extension of agriculture and life sciences.

The CALS originated from the College of Agriculture, Commerce and Engineering founded in 1904 from which the College of Agriculture and Forestry separated in 1906. In 1946, the College of Agriculture and Forestry was merged into Seoul National University and commenced as the College of Agriculture. In 1991, the college achieved the current name.

The CALS has 8 departments with 17 major programs and interdisciplinary programs. Numerous academic facilities, research institutions, interdisciplinary units and programs support students and faculty members, and are directly accessible to all members of the CALS and even to non-members of our community. Majority of equipments are state-of-the-art in the respective fields of science.

A total of 26,097 alumni, including 19,791 B.S,/B.A., 4,685 M.S./M.A., and 1,621 Ph.D., are playing pivotal roles in various fields. Especially, without their significant contribution for agricultural development and reforestation after the Korean War in 1950s, Korea would not have been able to achieve impressive industrialization and fast economic development in the world.

The CALS is fully committed to high-quality education and research to cope with the global and local challenges in agriculture as trans-disciplinary sciences and convergence of technologies. It is the very right place for students who pursue their careers as scientists and professionals in agriculture, biotechnology and environmental sciences in the 21st century.