Research and graduate education
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Graduate degree programs: M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics, emphasizing the broad areas of food marketing and industrial organization, environmental and resource economics, health economics and policy, and international economic development.
Research areas: food marketing and demand analysis, empirical industrial organization, food and health, agribusiness management, applied econometrics, environmental economics, resource economics, economics of agricultural and resource policies, fisheries and aquaculture, international agricultural and natural resource development, cost-benefit analysis, international trade and production agriculture.
Department of Allied Health Sciences
Post Bacc Certificates: Dietetic internship, Certificate Program in Health Promotion Sciences and Health Education, Certificate Program in Medical Laboratory Sciences, Certificate Program in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health.
Graduate degree program: M.S. and Ph.D. in Health Promotion Sciences emphasizing behavioral, social and environmental influences in chronic diseases and conditions and to apply the principles and practices of health promotion and health behavior change to create innovative solutions for current and emerging health challenges. A Professional Science Masters in Health Care Genetics Program providing training in genome-based technologies and approaches to clinical diagnostic testing, health promotion and individualized health care.
Research areas: These fall into areas of chronic disease prevention and intervention (HIV/AIDS, obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and autoimmune disease) in school, work-sites and communities; high-risk behavioral interventions; meta-analysis and multilevel statistical modelling; and diagnostic modalities, stem-cells, chromosomal instability and the epigenome are among the ongoing research activities within the department.
Department of Animal Science
Graduate degree programs: M.S. or Ph.D. in Animal Science
M.S. degree with focus in animal behavior, animal biotechnology and stem cell biology, animal and dairy food products, growth and muscle biology, physiology of lactation, nutrition, physiology of reproduction or production management.
Ph.D. degree program offers several areas of concentration including animal genetics and regenerative biology, growth and reproductive physiology, animal nutrition, and food microbiology and safety.
Research areas: animal nutrition and metabolism, control of lactation and growth, embryology, endocrinology, food microbiology and safety, food science, molecular growth, and muscle physiology, reproductive physiology and stem cell biology.
Department of Kinesiology
Graduate degree programs:
M.S. and Ph.D. in Exercise Science
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
M.S. in Athletic Training – beginning summer 2019
Research areas: injury prevention, blood pressure regulation, genomics, cell signaling, responses to exercise in hot environments, nutritional supplements, thermal physiology, assessment of hydration status, fluid-electrolyte balance, motion analysis, and sudden death in sport.
Research and clinical areas: neurological rehabilitation, Parkinson’s disease, spine and shoulder disorders, knee injuries and osteoarthritis, early intervention/pediatric care; geriatric care
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
Graduate degree programs: M.S. and Ph.D. in Natural Resources with areas of concentration in environmental sustainability and conservation, fisheries and wildlife conservation, sustainable forest resources, and water resources and climate.
The Sustainable Environmental Planning & Management (SEPM) online graduate certificate program is available to anyone with a bachelors degree and includes 5 graduate courses.
Research areas: forest and wild land meteorology, biometeorology, air pollution meteorology, climate modeling, hydrological modeling, rainfall-runoff relationships, pollutant transport, evaporation-infiltration processes, accuracy of measurement methods, development of artificial wetlands, invasive species ecology, restoration ecology, predator-prey relationships, urban and suburban wildlife, migratory wildlife species, wildlife-human interactions, international wildlife, contaminants in wildlife, habitat restoration, forest and wildlife stewardship, municipal and watershed natural resources inventories and planning, fish habitat use and quality, fish species of conservation concern, aquatic biomonitoring, remote sensing, wildlife conservation, cartography, geodesy, photogrammetry, global positioning systems, geographic information systems, forest ecology, tree biomechanics, silviculture, ecotoxicology, biogeochemistry, landscape ecology, land use, coastal processes.
Department of Nutritional Sciences
Graduate degree programs: M.S., Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences, emphasizing biochemical and molecular nutrition, human nutrition and metabolism, and community nutrition and health.
Research areas: human nutrition and metabolism, bioactive food components and functional foods, nutrition and gene expression, dietary antioxidants and health, nutritional assessment, cholesterol, lipoprotein and lipid metabolism, diets and coronary heart disease, obesity, diabetes and fatty liver disease, and sports nutrition.
Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science
Graduate degree programs: M.S.and Ph.D. in Pathobiology with areas of concentration in bacteriology, pathology and virology; combined M.S./residency, training in morphologic pathology for veterinarians.
Research areas: The Department consists of several units, including pathology, virology, immunology, bacteriology, mycology, wildlife diseases, and environmental toxicology. Our research profile focuses on infectious diseases of animals and humans, vaccines, veterinary pathology, and wildlife diseases.
Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
Graduate degree programs: M.S. in landscape architecture; M.S., Ph.D. in agronomy, horticulture, plant breeding and soil science.
Research areas: controlled environment agriculture, floriculture, improving ornamental crops, integrated pest management (IPM), landscape architecture, plant biotechnology, plant mineral nutrition and container media, plant physiology and plant growth regulation, plant propagation, soil chemistry, soil environment and land use, sustainable agriculture, turf, vegetable crops, water resources, weed biology and control.
Note about the above section: For information about graduate degree programs, please contact the appropriate department. For information about research in the College, please contact the appropriate department or the Office of the Associate Dean for Research.
Research centers, clinical centers and institutes
- Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion (CEHHP) (Department of Allied Health Sciences)
- Center of Excellence for Vaccine Research (CEVR) (Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science), provides a unifying consortium for vaccine research at UConn
- Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)
- The Charles J. Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics)
- Connecticut State Climate Center
- Eversource Energy Center (College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and School of Engineering)
- Institute for Water Resources (Department of Natural Resources and the Environment)
- Korey Stringer Institute (housed in CAHNR, Department of Kinesiology)
- Laboratory for Earth Resources Information Systems (LERIS)
- Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Research Center (Department of Natural Resources and the Environment)
Events and programs
Career Development Events (CDEs) (fall and spring): hosted by CAHNR for Connecticut’s High School Ag-Ed. They range in fields of study from food science, to dairy judging, vet tech, forestry, floriculture and a variety of other fields.
Career Night: an annual event held in early November each year that brings together students who have an interest in agriculture, health, environment and related fields with employers in these fields. The event provides students with an opportunity to learn about career options in the field of study that they are pursuing or considering. In addition, Center for Career Development, Study Abroad, and graduate school representatives are available to talk with students.
Commencement: held at the University of Connecticut since 1882. Today, Commencement for CAHNR/RHSA is held at the beginning of May to award degrees to our graduating students.
Open Houses (fall and spring): gives the chance for prospective (fall) and admitted students (spring) to visit campus and explore what UConn and CAHNR/RHSA have to offer.
Scholars’ Night (formerly Scholarships and Awards): This fall event is a sit-down dinner to bring scholarship donors and students-recipients together to be recognized for their achievements. Faculty, staff and guests of students are also in attendance.
4-H events (rabbits, horses, poultry)
Equestrian and polo team events
Online Horse Sales
Summer and winter horse riding lessons
Little International Livestock Show
For many more events and event coordinator contact information, visit the ANSC events calendar
Plant science and landscape architecture
After Hours, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Bug Week (in collaboration with Extension), contact email@example.com
Garden Conference, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program, contact email@example.com
CIPWG Invasive Plant Symposium, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable Landscape Conference, contact email@example.com
Turfgrass Field Day, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Home and garden
A sampling of other events and programs
AHS Senior Dinner
Annual UCANRAA Senior Picnic
CLEAR Geospatial Training Program
CLEAR Land Use Academy
Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources
Connecticut Forest Forum
Environmental Health and Health Promotion Conference
Fall and spring agricultural science campus visits
Graduate Research Forum
Institute of Water Resources seminars
Learning for International Development (LID)
Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA)
Annual Fact Sheet update done in March 2017.