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Inside CAFNR
CAFNR’s Environmental Sciences Degree Program

Congratulations on being admitted to the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR)! As a future Tiger, we want you to get a glimpse of what you can experience in the environmental sciences degree program. Click on the links below to learn more about the CAFNR Experience!

RISE Initiative
Representing Mizzou on a national stage (click to read)
Representing Mizzou on a national stage »

All CAFNR undergraduate students take part in a “signature experience” during their time on campus. This is denoted as the “RISE” Initiative: Research, International, Service learning, Experiential learning.

For example, Kesley Kobielusz was not only a member of Marching Mizzou, the marching band for the University of Missouri, she also gained hands-on learning experiences at KOMU-TV as a broadcast meteorologist.

Office of the Provost’s Grant for Classroom Improvement enhances soils lab experience (click to read)
Office of the Provost’s Grant for Classroom Improvement enhances soils lab experience »

Soils labs in the School of Natural Resources have been upgraded to prepare students to work in the lab and in the field.

CAFNR Has a Lot to Offer

Each of the 14 degree programs in CAFNR impact the largest industries in the region and address the most significant challenges in our world today, including agricultural policy and economics; tourism and hospitality; food nutrition, production, processing and safety; environmental sustainability; and animal and human health.

  • CAFNR awards $1.5 million in scholarships annually
  • Graduation rate is 17% higher than state and national averages
  • 98.8% of graduates are employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school
  • 200-plus employers recruit CAFNR students
  • 51% of CAFNR students graduate debt free
  • Multiple accelerated programs provide opportunities to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously


Making an Impact
A well-rounded experience (click to read)
A well-rounded experience »

The environmental sciences degree program prepared Matt Beckwith for a career as a broadcast meteorologist.

Senior Spotlight: Libby Orr (click to read)
Senior Spotlight: Libby Orr »

A degree from CAFNR impacts your future and career, as well as the core components of society — helping to feed the world and keep it healthy. This past Senior Spotlight features Libby Orr, a recent graduate of the environmental sciences degree program, as she shares her favorite experiences as a CAFNR student and how the College prepared her for the future.

Clubs and Organizations
Get Involved in CAFNR! (click to read)
Get Involved in CAFNR! »

Build leadership skills and friendships in more than 40 CAFNR-specific clubs and organizations. Each program has activities tailored to its students, in addition to many College-wide opportunities. Getting involved is a great way to expand on classroom learning, meet others with similar interests — and have some fun along the way!

MU Collegiate Soil Judging Team places third at Soil Science Society of America Region V Contest (click to read)
MU Collegiate Soil Judging Team places third at Soil Science Society of America Region V Contest »

The MU Collegiate Soil Judging Team won third place overall and third place for team judging in the Soil Science Society of America Region V soil judging contest. This placement qualifies them for the national contest in Ames, Iowa, April 22-26, 2024.