Welcome to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Idaho.
The world faces many unique challenges and it is the mission of our land-grant university to find solutions for feeding our world, protecting human and environmental health, stewarding our agricultural resources and enriching the lives of youth and families.
At CALS, we provide our students with a practical education that prepares them for careers in a growing job market. There is an increasing demand for graduates with degrees in agriculture and related fields and CALS is here to meet that demand.
CALS offers a diverse range of academic degree programs and students benefit from our faculty members’ expertise in teaching, research and extension. Nearly half of the college’s faculty work in communities throughout Idaho for University of Idaho Extension. They offer research-based information of a practical nature to people throughout the state.
World-class research facilities across the state and established relationships with alumni and industry partners means that all of Idaho is our classroom. We have a clear vision for the future and are prepared to meet the needs of our changing world.
Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
About Michael Parrella
Michael Parrella joined the University of Idaho as dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in February 2016. Prior to his appointment as dean, Parrella served as the associate dean for Agricultural Programs and as chair of the Department of Entomology and Nematology in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis. He maintained an active teaching, research and outreach program focused on integrated pest management/biological control strategies for the environmental horticulture industry. He has published more than 100 refereed publications and more than 200 trade press/limited distribution articles.
Parrella is vice president-elect of the Entomological Society of America and will assume duties as president of the society in 2018. He has also served as the Western Regional Administrator for the IR-4 program and was a board member of the Sacramento/Yolo County Mosquito Abatement District, the California Crop Improvement Association and the Robert Mondavi Institute for Food and Wine Science.
Parrella received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Rutgers University and his master’s and doctorate in entomology from Virginia Tech.