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College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences History

Old Main 1888

The Agricultural College of Utah is founded. Two years later, Vendla Berntson enrolls as the college's first student.

What Field
A "Course in Agriculture" began to be offered and included studies in botany, horticulture, geology, entomology, dairy practice, veterinary science, moral science and farm practice.
Old Book

Required reading for students in 1894 included Ulysses, A Christmas Carol and Paradise Lost.


The Department of Agronomy and the Department of Animal Industry were founded. 

Animal Science Building

The Animal Science Building was constructed along the Quad and still stands there to this day. 

Gustav Wilster

Gustav Wilster is hired to oversee the Aggie Creamery, headquartered in the basement of Old Main (shown on the left), and revitalize the course curricula in the dairy department. 

Aggie Ice Cream

By 1939, Aggie Ice Cream offered 13 flavors including the standard vanilla, chocolate and strawberry and the more unusual like cantaloupe and pineapple. 

Apple Machine

Various agricultural students helped grow and harvest apples that were then sold in the Apple Machine (shown on the left) in Old Main. 

Peterson Building

The E.G. Peterson Agricultural Sciences Building opens. 


The Department of Plant Science is added to the College of Agriculture. 


The college adds the Department of Biotechnology later combined with the Department of Animal Industry to become the current Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences.

Plants, Soils & Climate

The Department of Plant Science and the Department of Soil Science and Biometeorology merge, now known as the Department of Plant, Soils and Climate.

Family Life Absorbed in CAAS

The College of Agriculture absorbed parts of the former College of Family Life including family and consumer science education program, and the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences.

Van Accident

The College of Agriculture suffers a serious loss when an instructor and eight students were killed in a car accident returning to campus after a field trip. A memorial was built in their honor. 

ASTE Added

The School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education is added to the college.

APEC Added

The Department of Applied Economics is added to the college after the Department of Economics in the Huntsman School of Business splits.

LAEP Added

The Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning rejoins the College of Agriculture after the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is split. 

House Bill 57 Signed

Governor Gary Herbert signs House Bill 57 establishing the School of Veterinary Medicine, the first and only veterinary school in the state of Utah. 

AGRS Opens

The new Agricultural Sciences building opens on February 29. This new building houses the Student Services Center, labs, classrooms and much of the college's administration.

Renamed to College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

The college changes its name to the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences to better represent the academic diversity found within the college.

Sam Skaggs Family Equine Education Center

The Sam Skaggs Family Equine Education Center was completed. The center serves the college’s growing equine science and equine therapy programs.

Outdoor Product Design

The Outdoor Product Design and Development program is launched, offering the nation’s first undergraduate degree in designing and constructing outdoor apparel and gear.

Veterinary Medicine Graduation

Four years after the program’s first classes, 27 newly minted doctors of veterinary medicine celebrate their graduation from the USU/WSU program in veterinary medicine.

First Reindeer Express

The inaugural Reindeer Express is hosted by the School of Veterinary Medicine. Students educate guests about veterinary school, animal health, and the secrets of Santa’s annual flight.

Chocolate Factory

The Aggie Chocolate Factory opens its doors as a specialized food science laboratory. It is the first chocolate factory at a university in the western United States and produces its confections from bean to bar.

USU Eastern

USU expands its aviation technology and aviation maintenance management programs to the Price campus. USU Eastern’s program will admit between 25-100 students, and students can receive FAA certification upon completion.