Endowed Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Wendy Wintersteen

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is one of the world's leading institutions of agriculture. Building on 150 years of excellence the college provides leadership in science, education and research, areas vital to the future of Iowa, the nation and the world.

The roots of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences go back to 1858 when Iowa established the State Agricultural College and Model Farm. It officially opened in 1869 as the first coed land-grant in the nation. That was among many college “firsts,” including the first courses in forestry, dairying and bacteriology in the nation. (Learn More)

Dates of Existence

Historical Names

  • Department of Agriculture (1858–1959)
  • College of Agriculture (1959–2007)


Browse the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Collections:

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Agricultural Education and Studies


Animal Science

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Bioeconomy Institute

Center for Crops Utilization Research

Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology



Food Science and Human Nutrition

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology

Historical Departments, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station

Iowa Beef Center

Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Natural Resource Ecology and Management

North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station

Plant Pathology and Microbiology