The predecessor of College of Basic Science and Information Engineering is the Department of Basic Subjectswhich was founded in November, 1961. On the basis of this, the university officially set up "College of Basic Science and Information Engineering, Yunnan Agricultural University" in April 2001. It consists of: the Department of Computer Science and Technology, the Department of Electronic Information Engineering, the Department of Applied Mathematics and Applied Chemistry. With years’ efforts, the college now has 86 teaching staff with solid knowledge base and rich experience. Among the staff, 5 of them are professors; more than 10 are master’s supervisors and 13 hold doctoral degrees. They undertake all the professional courses in Math, Chemistry, Physics and Computer for all the students in the university. Successively, some staffs were awarded as the national excellent teachers and national advanced laboratory workers. Some of them are employed as members of national and provincial education guidance committees, and some received awards in provincial or university teaching competitions.
It offers five specialties: Computer Science and Technology, Network Engineering, Electronic Information Engineering, Applied Math and Applied Chemistry. The college also has a perfect education system for postgraduates, with different types of master’s degree --- academic, professional and on-job degree, etc. At present, the college offers one academic master degree for "Agricultural Information Technology and Engineering" and one on-job master’s degree for "Informatization of Agriculture". The college adopts the talent training mode which focuses on solid foundation, board scope and wide application, encouraging students to participate in each task and help them develop stronger abilities in practices. The college also pays attention to the development of specialty features, by integrating specialty construction with modern agriculture development to differentiate the college with others. It now has 903 students and the management is in compliance with standardized rules. Excellent students get the opportunity to make academic exchange abroad. Because of the solid knowledge base, professional skills and precise work style, the graduates are popular and earn good reputation among the employers.
There is one Provincial Key Laboratory of Agricultural Information Technology, one Basic Experimental Teaching Center, and three professional laboratories in the college, occupying over 5000 m2. The total value of the instrument and equipment is over 700 million Yuan. The computer labs are equipped with more than 700 computers which can access to campus internal network. They are also used as the sites of “National Computer Rank Examination" and "National Computer Software Level Examination". In recent years, teachers in the college have undertaken more than 10 projects of the National Science & Technology Program, National Natural Science Foundation and Provincial Natural Science Foundation, etc. Meanwhile, they actively cooperate with many enterprises to promote scientific and technological achievements into practice. Currently, staffs have published hundreds of research papers, over 30 teaching materials and two monographs, won a second place of the Teaching Achievement Award in Yunnan, and obtained predominance in the field of agricultural informatization in Yunnan.
All the staff is now dedicating to the construction of the college enthusiastically with the spirit of objectivity, innovation, cooperation and development and strives to improve the strength of the college and make contribution to the bright future of China.