Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Graduate Programs
2013-2014
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The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (http://ag.udel.edu/) offers graduate education through all of its academic departments: Animal and Food Sciences, Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, Applied Economics and Statistics, and Plant and Soil Sciences. Each department offers programs leading to the Master of Science (MS) degree; additionally, programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree are offered in Animal and Food Sciences, in Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, and in Plant and Soil Sciences. The College also participates in the interdisciplinary graduate program in Water Science and Policy, which offers both MS and PhD degrees, manages an MS degree program cooperatively with Longwood Gardens in the area of Public Horticulture, and offers an MA degree in Agricultural Education. The College seeks highly qualified students interested in conducting basic and applied research that will lead to careers in academia, industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations.  Faculty members in all departments actively mentor graduate students, helping them to identify and conduct their graduate research projects.  Students are encouraged to publish their research and to participate regularly in local, regional, and national professional meetings.

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences has three graduate degree offerings: the PhD in Animal and Food Sciences, the MS in Animal Science and the MS in Food Science. In Animal Science, a student may specialize in animal physiology and nutrition; avian microbiology, immunology and pathology; avian molecular biology, genomics, and bioinformatics; and ruminant nutrition, microbiology, and physiology. The MS program in Food Science includes research in food biochemistry, bacteriology, virology, parasitology, toxicology and processing, with an emphasis on applications to food safety and food processing and packaging.

The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology has three graduate degrees:  the MS in Entomology, the MS in Wildlife Ecology, and the PhD in Entomology and Wildlife Ecology.  These degree programs offer graduate students opportunities to engage in both applied and basic research dealing with insects, birds, mammals, and other wildlife.  Areas of emphasis include ecology, human-wildlife interactions, plant-insect interactions, biological control, conservation biology, and wildlife ecology in a human dominated landscape.

The Department of Applied Economics and Statistics conducts research focused on the study of quantitative economics, international agricultural trade, economic development, resource economics, marketing and policy. Graduate degrees offered include a MS in Agriculture and Resource Economics, and a  MS in Statistics.

In Plant and Soil Sciences, graduate students may obtain both MS and PhD degrees.  Areas of study in the plant sciences include plant breeding, tissue culture, molecular biology, pathology, plant improvement, physiology and horticulture. In soil science areas of emphasis are soil chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, physics, conservation, and management. A specialized MS program, the University of Delaware/Longwood program in Public Horticulture is a 2-year Master's degree program requiring a thesis.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has two campuses with modern research laboratories, state-of-the-art equipment, and extensive field research sites that support a wide range of applied and basic graduate studies.   Located on the Newark Campus are Worrilow Hall, Townsend Hall, the Charles C. Allen, Jr. Laboratory, the Fischer Greenhouse Laboratory, the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, a modern research farm with 250 acres of cropland, a 35-acre woodlot for ecological studies, and extensive facilities for animal science research.   The Elbert V. and Ann Carvel Center, located at the college’s southern Delaware campus in Georgetown, DE  has more than 300 acres of land used for studies on the applied aspects of crop production and sophisticated facilities that support a wide range of research in poultry science.  For more information on the college’s research infrastructure, please see http://ag.udel.edu/landandfacilities.html.




Agricultural Education (MA)

Animal and Food Sciences (MS, PhD)

Applied Economics and Statistics (MS, PhD)

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology (MS, PhD)

Plant and Soil Sciences (MS, PhD)

Public Horticulture (Longwood Graduate Program) (MS)

Water Science & Policy (MS, PhD)


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