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A Message from Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee

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Dear Friends: It is January 12th and I’m excited about the 61st Delmarva Chicken Festival to be held on the campus of Delaware State University on June 18th and 19th. The Delmarva poultry industry was born in 1923. That year, Mrs. Wilmer Steele in Ocean View raised chickens to 16 week old birds and sold them at a good profit. Even though the industry started in Sussex County, it seems fitting that the festival will be celebrated at our land grant university in the state capital of Delaware. The Chicken Festival has an extraordinary tradition of celebrating our state’s number one industry, tremendous educational opportunities for youth and adults, and having just plain fun. This year’s partnership of the Festival with Delaware State University will, no doubt, continue those traditions. Six days a week, over 200 trucks, or 8 million pounds, of fresh chicken leaves Delaware and the peninsula headed for customers throughout the eastern United States. We live within 8 hours of 1/3 of our nation’s population, making Delaware a “food shed” for the east. All of this generates income, creates jobs and preserves our farmland through profit. I hope thousands of Delawareans come to the Chicken Festival to learn about all of this and have some fun while doing it. My sincere thanks to everyone associated with Delaware State University and the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. who are working on the festival. The tradition continues!    

Agronomy Plant Science

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  As a land-grant institution, Delaware State University has been at the forefront of plant science education and research for more than 100 years. Our Plant Sciences – Agronomy degree addresses cutting-edge applications of agronomy in industries such as biofuels and pharmaceuticals, while providing a solid background in the scientific traditions of the discipline. Delaware State’s Plant Sciences - Agronomy program combines classroom instruction with hands-on, practical experience. Students gain an academic foundation in genetics, chemistry, biology, and other scientific fundamentals. They also have the opportunity to work on Delaware State’s demonstration farms, while participating in extension programs and research projects. In these real-world learning environments, students get a practical first-hand education in all aspects of the plant sciences, including genetics and breeding soil and water management crop production weed, insect and disease management economic patterns of production, consumption, and trade Professional Preparation Graduates of Delaware State’s Plant Sciences program have an outstanding success rate in the job market, in part because the program emphasizes experiential learning. Many of our students take advantage of internships with some of the top companies in the agricultural industry. Plant Sciences – Agronomy graduates go into careers such as Agrochemical sales and service Crop advising Agricultural resource conservation Consulting Plant breeding About 15 percent of our Agronomy students continue to graduate school. Faculty Faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences combine a strong academic background with extensive industry ties and professional experience. As a result, they can offer career guidance and mentorship as well as classroom instruction. Many of our instructors have active research programs, and they regularly provide undergraduates with opportunities to get involved in scientific investigations. Our small class sizes guarantee a high degree of direct faculty-student interaction. Research and Experience Plant Science – Agronomy majors at Delaware State have access to the Phillips Herbarium, one of the country’s most extensive collections of preserved plant specimens (and the largest herbarium at any HBCU). Some students get involved in Cooperative Extension research, demonstration plots, and educational programs. Plant Science majors also enjoy opportunities to get involved in faculty-sponsored research and to collaborate with industry professionals. All students in the Plant Sciences – Agronomy program perform a senior capstone project in sustainable agriculture. In this project, students perform a real-world agricultural analysis that integrates factors such as profit potential environmental impacts food yield technological inputs labor requirements    

Agribusiness

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  Delaware State University’s Agribusiness degree provides outstanding preparation for a broad range of careers in the agricultural industry. Agribusiness majors get an advanced education in the science of agricultural production as well as the business principles behind it. They also get hands-on experience by working on Delaware State’s demonstration farms, extension programs, and research initiatives. Our agribusiness program is built around direct, practical experience. Agribusiness majors have access to our two on-campus farms, greenhouse, and animal operations, gaining real-world knowledge that translates directly to the workplace. They have an opportunity to put agribusiness fundamentals into practice, including accounting and finance macroeconomics marketing sales personnel management farm management As a land-grant institution, DSU has been at the forefront of agricultural education, research, and science for more than 100 years. There is no better place to get an agribusiness degree. Professional Preparation Graduates of Delaware State’s agribusiness degree program have an outstanding success rate in the job market. Because the program emphasizes experiential learning, students build up their resumes and develop professional contacts. Agribusiness graduates go into careers such as farm management marketing, sales, and distribution research and product development environmental consulting animal production About 15 percent of our agribusiness students continue to graduate school. Faculty Faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences combine a strong academic background with extensive industry ties and professional experience. As a result, they can offer career guidance and mentorship as well as classroom instruction. Many of our instructors are very active researchers, and they regularly provide undergraduates with opportunities to get involved in scientific investigations and research projects. Our small class sizes guarantee a high degree of direct faculty-student interaction. Research and Experience Delaware State’s extension programs provide various forms of support to the wider agricultural community, including research, training, education, and public outreach. These programs provide Agribusiness majors with valuable opportunities to collaborate with industry professionals on pilot programs, research projects, policy studies, and other initiatives. Undergraduates also enjoy opportunities to get involved in faculty-sponsored research programs. All students in the agribusiness program perform a senior capstone project in sustainable agriculture. In this project, students perform a real-world agricultural analysis that integrates factors such as profit potential environmental impacts food yield technological inputs labor requirements        

Environmental Sciences

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  Environmental science has emerged as a critical discipline in the 21st century — and Delaware State boasts a superior Bachelor of Environmental Science degree program. As a land-grant institution, we have a 100-plus-year history of leadership in environmental science education. Our environmental science program builds on that tradition, preparing students for careers that address issues such as   global climate change biofuels and renewable energy sustainable agriculture water and soil conservation environmental policy habitat and species protection Environmental Science majors divide their time between the classroom, where they develop an academic foundation, and real-world learning environments such as Delaware State’s demonstration farms, extension programs, and research initiatives. In these hands-on settings, students cultivate practical skills and develop first-hand knowledge of subjects such as sustainable technologies environmental impacts policy development soil and water management resource management Professional Preparation Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree from Delaware State perform extremely well in the job market. Our program’s emphasis on practical experience and field work enables students to build up their resumes and establish professional contacts. They enter the work force well equipped to compete for employment in such fields as environmental consulting research and development conservation resource management habitat restoration environmental regulation About 15 percent of our Environmental Science students continue to graduate school. Faculty Faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences combine a strong academic background with extensive industry ties and professional experience. As a result, they can offer career guidance and mentorship as well as classroom instruction. Many of our instructors are very active researchers, and they regularly provide undergraduates with opportunities to get involved in scientific investigations and research projects. Our small class sizes guarantee a high degree of direct faculty-student interaction. Research and Experience Undergraduates at Delaware State frequently participate in faculty-sponsored research programs. At present, there is ongoing research in such niches as wetlands habitat protection, fisheries management, water conservation, and habitat evaluation.  All students in the Environmental Sciences program perform a senior capstone project. In this project, students perform a real-world analysis of an agriculture- or natural resource-based ecosystem. The analysis accounts for factors such as environmental impacts technological inputs habitat evaluation sustainability    

Animal and Poultry Science

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  Delaware State University’s Animal and Poultry Sciences degree provides outstanding preparation for careers in animal care, breeding, and production. Students learn the most current animal science principles and practices in the classroom, and then apply that knowledge by working directly with animals. Delaware State’s demonstration farms, extension programs, and research initiatives provide students with practical, hands-on education in the animal sciences. The program offers advanced instruction in   production of pork, poultry, beef, and sheep animal nutrition, health, and diseases genetics and microbiology forage crop production marketing of agricultural products All of our facilities use the same state-of-the-art technology and techniques that are employed used in the animal science industry, so Delaware State graduates enter the work force with the skills and knowledge they need to launch their careers. As a land-grant institution, DSU has been at the forefront of agricultural education, research, and science for more than 100 years. There is no better place to get an Animal and Poultry Sciences degree. Professional Preparation Animal and Poultry Science majors may develop professional skills by working on Delaware State’s demonstration farms, and by serving real-world clients through the College of Agriculture’s Extension Service. These activities enable Animal Science majors to build up their resumes and establish some contacts with agricultural employers. Our graduates have an outstanding job-placement record, going into fields such as farm management animal/poultry health sales and service animal research and development animal and poultry production animal nutrition sales and service animal breeding About 15 percent of our agribusiness students continue to graduate school. Faculty Faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences combine a strong academic background with extensive industry ties and professional experience. As a result, they can offer career guidance and mentorship as well as classroom instruction. Many of our instructors are very active researchers, and they regularly provide undergraduates with opportunities to get involved in scientific investigations and research projects. Our small class sizes guarantee a high degree of direct faculty-student interaction. Research and Experience Delaware State’s extension programs serve the wider agricultural community, providing assistance with research, training, education, and public outreach. These programs offer Animal and Poultry Science majors a range of opportunities to gain valuable real-world experience. In addition, undergraduates enjoy many opportunities to collaborate with faculty in agricultural research on campus. Current research projects in the animal sciences involve such subjects as parasite growth, meat production, and reproductive management in sheep and goats. All students in the Animal and Poultry Science program perform a senior capstone project in sustainable agriculture. In this project, students perform a real-world agricultural analysis that integrates factors such as profit potential environmental impacts food yield technological inputs labor requirements    

Horticulture Plant Science

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  Delaware State University’s Plant Sciences – Horticulture degree offers a unique blend of tradition and innovation. Our program addresses cutting-edge applications of Horticulture in modern industries such as medicine, energy, food production, ornamental plant selection and breeding. It also carries forward our institution’s 100-plus years of leadership in plant science education and research. Delaware State offers far more hands-on experience than the typical horticulture program. Plant Science majors spend time in real-world learning environments, including our demonstration farms and greenhouses, extension programs, and herbarium. Our students get a practical first-hand education in subjects such as plant breeding and genetics soil and water management plant systematics weed, insect and disease management horticultural plant marketing Professional Preparation Graduates of Delaware State’s plant sciences program have an outstanding success rate in the job market, in part because the program emphasizes experiential learning. Students build up their resumes and develop professional contacts through participation in on-campus research projects, extension service work, and internships. Plant sciences – Horticulture graduates go into careers such as greenhouse management landscape design lawn and landscape maintenance pest control ornamental horticultural crop production plant merchandising About 15 percent of our Horticulture students continue to graduate school. Faculty Faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences combine a strong academic background with extensive industry ties and professional experience. As a result, they can offer career guidance and mentorship as well as classroom instruction. Many of our instructors are very active researchers, and they regularly provide undergraduates with opportunities to get involved in scientific investigations and research projects. Our small class sizes guarantee a high degree of direct faculty-student interaction. Research and Experience Horticulture majors at Delaware State have access to the Phillips Herbarium, one of the country’s most extensive collections of plant samples (and the largest herbarium at any HBCU). They also have the opportunity to get involved in Delaware State’s extension programs, which provide various forms of support to the wider agricultural community, including research, training, education, and public outreach. These programs enable Plant Science – Horticulture majors to collaborate with industry professionals on pilot programs, research projects, policy studies, and other initiatives. Undergraduates also enjoy opportunities to get involved in faculty-sponsored research programs. All students in the Plant Sciences – Horticulture program perform a senior capstone project in sustainable agriculture. In this project, students perform a real-world agricultural analysis that integrates factors such as profit potential environmental impacts crop yields technological inputs labor requirements    

General Agriculture

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  As a land-grant institution, Delaware State University has been at the forefront of agricultural education, research, and science for more than 100 years. We combine a tradition of excellence in education with a spirit of innovation and cutting-edge research. There is no better place to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture. Our Agriculture degree program is built around direct, practical experience. Agriculture majors have opportunities to work on Delaware State’s demonstration farms, in the extension programs, and on research initiatives, gaining professional knowledge and problem-solving skills that translate directly to the workplace. Our students work with the most current technologies and techniques in a full range of agricultural specialties, including water and soil management crop production animal and poultry science business, marketing, and sales environmental conservation Delaware State’s combination of superior academics and hands-on learning provides outstanding preparation for the job market, the research lab, or graduate school. Professional Preparation With a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Delaware State University, graduates can pursue employment in almost any agricultural specialty. Because the program emphasizes experiential learning, students build up their resumes and develop professional contacts. Agriculture program graduates go into careers such as farm management marketing, sales, and distribution research and product development environmental consulting animal breeding and management consulting About 15 percent of our Agriculture majors continue to graduate school. Faculty Faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences combine a strong academic background with extensive industry ties and professional experience. As a result, they can offer career guidance and mentorship as well as classroom instruction. Many of our instructors are very active researchers, and they regularly provide undergraduates with opportunities to get involved in scientific investigations and research projects. Our small class sizes guarantee a high degree of direct faculty-student interaction. Research and Experience All students in the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program perform a senior capstone project in sustainable agriculture. In this project, students plan and evaluate real-world agricultural analysis that integrates factors such as profit potential environmental impacts food yield technological inputs labor requirements In addition, some Agriculture majors may get involved in Delaware State’s extension programs, which provide various forms of support to the wider agricultural community, including research, training, education, and public outreach. These programs enable Agriculture students to collaborate with industry professionals on pilot programs, research projects, policy studies, and other initiatives. Undergraduates also enjoy opportunities to get involved in faculty-sponsored agricultural research programs.    

Wildlife Management — Fisheries

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  Delaware State University is a regional leader in Fisheries Wildlife Management education. Located near two of the continent’s richest marine biology environments (the Atlantic Coast and Chesapeake Bay), we offer a superior Fisheries Management degree that combines advanced classroom and lab instruction with extensive field work and practical experience.   Delaware State’s Fisheries Management program stands out for its emphasis on real-world learning environments. We have a 13-acre wetland on campus and are the only institution in Delaware to offer coursework in aquaculture. In addition, our students gain valuable experience in wildlife and fisheries management via the university’s extension programs and research initiatives, developing practical knowledge and skills in water conservation pollution control environmental law habit and species protection wetlands biology wildlife and fisheries biology Professional Preparation Delaware State’s Fisheries Wildlife Management degree provides graduates with outstanding career preparation. Our program’s emphasis on practical experience and field work enables students to build up their resumes and establish professional contacts. They enter the work force well equipped to compete for employment in such fields as wildlife management fisheries management environmental policy analysis environmental consulting game wardens wildlife biologist fisheries biologist About 15 percent of our Fisheries Management students continue to graduate school. Faculty Faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences combine a strong academic background with extensive industry ties and professional experience. As a result, they can offer career guidance and mentorship as well as classroom instruction. Many of our instructors are very active researchers, and they regularly provide undergraduates with opportunities to get involved in scientific investigations and research projects. Our small class sizes guarantee a high degree of direct faculty-student interaction. Research and Experience Delaware State’s agricultural extension programs provide various forms of support to the environmental community, including research, training, education, and public outreach. These programs enable Fisheries Wildlife Management majors to collaborate with industry professionals on pilot programs, research projects, policy studies, and other initiatives. Undergraduates also enjoy opportunities to get involved in faculty-sponsored research programs. At present, Delaware State researchers have active projects in such niches as wetlands habitat protection, fisheries management, water conservation, and environmental protection. All students in the Fisheries Management program perform a senior capstone project. In this project, students perform a real-world ecosystem analysis, which accounts for factors such as environmental impacts habitat evaluation technological inputs sustainability          

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