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Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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How will our worldwide food system accommodate 7 billion people while sustaining our environment?

Choose a career in agriculture
or natural resources at DSU to learn how
you can help:

(302) 857-6410 or Mr. Alex Meredith
Recruiter

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The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR), a unit in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, is committed to the land-grant mission of the university, which is excellence in teaching, research and outreach. AGNR offers professional programs designed to prepare students for future academic and career paths, and technical courses designed to develop practical production and management skills. AGNR offers two degrees: Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with concentrations in:   Agri-business (AB curriculum) Animal and Poultry Science (APS curriculum) General Agriculture (GA curriculum) Plant Sciences (Agronomy curriculum) (Horticulture curriculum) Equine Business Management (EBM curriculum) Pre-veterinary Science (PV curriculum) Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources with concentrations in:  Environmental Science (ES curriculum) Fisheries and Wildlife Management (FM curriculum)  Wildlife Management (WM curriculum)   Students can select options in either Agriculture or Natural Resources that will provide preparation for graduate study. A Baccalaureate degree is conferred upon completion of a minimum of 120 hours of course work. Dr. Barczewski and DSU Agriculture & Related Sciences 2013 Graduates Why choose Agriculture and Natural Resources programs at DSU? AGNR students are immersed in an educational environment, which offers faculty who are experts in their fields, small class sizes, a variety of majors, opportunities for hands-on experience, and a sound foundation for a career in agriculture or natural resources, or an advanced degree.   
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Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources


(302) 857-6410

Faculty Profile


Chair: 
Richard Barczewski, PhD

Professors Emeriti
Kenneth W. Bell, PhD
Arthur O. Tucker, PhD

Professors:
Dyremple Marsh, PhD
Gulnihal Ozbay, PhD

Kevina Vulinec, PhD
Mingxin Guo, PhD

Associate Professors: 
Richard Barczewski, PhD
Cyril Broderick, PhD
Dewayne Fox, PhD
Venugopal Kalavacharla, PhD
Dennis McIntosh, PhD

Assistant Professors:
 
 
Herbarium Educator: 
Susan Yost, PhD
 
Research Associate
 
Post-Doctoral Employees:    
 
Departmental Technicians:

Ag Education Program Leader
Stacey Hofmann

College Recruiter: 
Alex Meredith

 

Master's Program in Plant Science Course Descriptions

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Master's Program in Plant Science Course Descriptions 29-511. PLANT BREEDING. An introduction to and application of plant breeding methodology and selection. Various methods utilized in plant breeding programs, and an understanding of heredity, hybridization and selection of various plant species will be discussed. Prerequisites: Agriculture 317. 3 credit hours. 29-531. CROP BIOCHEMISTRY, PHYSIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY. An advanced study of the physiology and ecological factors affecting the productivity of crop plants and their response to environmental stress. Prerequisites: Agriculture 317 and Biology 206. 3 credit hours. 29-541. PLANT ANATOMY AND MORPHOLOGY. A study of the structure and function of major plant cells and tissues and the morphology of organs of vascular and nonvascular plants. Laboratories will focus upon comparisons among taxa and the characteristics of major plant groups. Prerequisite: Biology 101 and 102 and Biology 206. 3 credit hours. 29-551. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN. A study of the use of advanced experimental designs in planning, analyzing and interpreting experimental data. Three one-hour class periods per week. Prerequisite: 3 credits in statistics/biometrics. 3 credit hours. 29-560. RESEARCH PROBLEM IN AREA OF SPECIALIZATION. A special problems course designed to provide research training in the area of the students field of study and specifically related to the needs of their research program. 3 credit hours. 29-572. DEPARTMENT SEMINAR. A seminar, meeting once per week with faculty and student presentations on their research and/or other relative scientific topics. 1 credit hour. 29-581. ADVANCED FORAGE AND MINOR CROP PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION. An advanced application of forage and minor crop production and utilization. The course will include visits to and analysis of various forage and minor crop operations in the Delmarva Area. Prerequisites: None. 3 credit hours.  

Department of Human Ecology

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A DSU degree in Consumer Science, Food and Nutritional Science or Textiles and Apparel Studies will provide you with the knowledge, skills and competency that are required in the global economy.

 

 

 

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The Department of Human Ecology, a unit in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, embraces and promotes the land-grant mission of the university, which is excellence in teaching, research and outreach. The Department offers three undergraduate programs:  Food and Nutritional Science (FNS curriculum) (FNS course descriptions), Textiles and Apparel Studies (TAS curriculum) (TAS course descriptions), and Consumer Sciences (CS curriculum); and two graduate programs: Master of Science in Food Science (MS-FS curriculum) and Master of Science in Family and Consumer Science Education.   The Department promotes diversity by recruiting students from under-represented groups and internationally to meet its global commitment. Undergraduate and graduate course delivery methods incorporate emerging technologies and advanced teaching tools to enhance graduates’ reading, writing, speaking, computer competency, critical thinking and problem solving skills.  A Baccalaureate degree is conferred upon completion of a minimum of 125 hours of course work, whereas Master of Science degrees are conferred upon completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate level coursework and 6 credits of thesis work.   Course Descriptions (FNS) Course Descriptions (TAS) Facilities Faculty & Staff Outreach Programs Programs Request Information Undergraduate Admission and Academic Policies   Why choose Human Ecology programs at DSU? There are many reasons for choosing to study Consumer Science, Food and Nutritional Sciences, or Textiles and Apparel Studies at Delaware State University. Whether it is the degree programs that we offer, or the experience that you will acquire both inside and outside of the classroom, a DSU degree in Consumer Science, Food and Nutritional Science or Textiles and Apparel Studies will provide you with the knowledge, skills and competency that are required in the global economy. We have a multitude of contacts with businesses and organizations that show great interest in hiring our graduates. Our teaching methods that expose students to new technology and research will prepare you for graduate and professional programs with assistantship in some of the top graduate schools in the nation.  
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Department of Human Ecology


(302) 857-6440

Faculty Profile


Chair:
Samuel Besong, PhD

Professor:
Samuel Besong, PhD

Associate Professors:
Mopelola Adegoke, PhD
Jungmi Oh, PhD

Assistant Professor:
Jung-lim Lee, PhD

Didactic Program in Dietetics Director:
Carol Giesecke, PhD

Academic Advisement Director
Ahira Y. Smith

Academic Advisor
Lee Hawkins

College Recruiter 
Alex Meredith

Department Secretary
Sherry Garrison

 

Agriculture and Natural Resources Directory

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Administration Delaware State University provides personal attention and recognition from a talented, dedicated staff—from coaches to counselors to police officers. Consider us your own support team, ready to help you succeed. Use the links below to find contact information for administrative staff throughout the university. You can also return to the top of the directory and find more detailed contact information for individuals and departments using the Campus Directory. Agriculture and Natural Resources Department Home Page   Agriculture and Natural Resources Department 302-857-6410 Dr. Richard A. BARCZEWSKI Ph.D., University of Maryland M.S., Virginia Technical B.S., University of Delaware Chairperson 302-857-6410 rbarczewski@desu.edu Dr. Arthur O. TUCKER Ph.D., Rutgers University M.S., Rutgers University B.A., Kutztown State College 302-857-6410 atucker@desu.edu Dr. Cyril E. BRODERICK Ph.D., University of New Hampshire M.S., Iowa State University B.S., University of Liberia 302-857-6410 cbroderick@desu.edu Dr. Randel A. PEIFFER Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University Ed.D., Syracuse University M.S., The Pennsylvania State University B.S., Delaware State University 302-857-6410 rpeiffer@desu.edu Dr. Dewayne A. FOX 302-857-6410 dfox@desu.edu Dr. Mingxin GUO Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University M.S., Chinese Academy of Sciences 302-857-6410 mguo@desu.edu Dahlia JACKSON Assistant Professor/Small Ruminant Specialist 302-857-6410 djjackson@desu.edu Dr. Venugopal S. KALAVACHARLA Ph.D., North Dakota State University M.S., University of Manitoba B.S., Punjabrao Agricultural University 302-857-6410 vkalavacharla@desu.edu Dr. Brigid McCREA Ph.D. Poultry Science M.S. Avian Sciences B.S. Avian Sciences Assistant Professor 302-857-6410 Dr. Dennis M. McINTOSH Extension Specialist 302-857-6410 dmcintosh@desu.edu Dr. Gulnihal OZBAY Ph.D., Auburn University M.S., University of Maine B.S., University of Ondokuzmayis (Turkey) Associate Professor 302-857-6410 gozbay@desu.edu Dr. Kevina VULINEC 302-857-6410 kvulinec@desu.edu Mr. Michael J. MACIARELLO M.S., University of Maryland - Eastern Shore B.S., Delaware State University 302-857-6410 mmaciare@desu.edu Mr. Alex D. MEREDITH 302-857-6410 ameredith@desu.edu Mr. David E. BYLER Agriculture Technician 302-857-6410 Ms. Michelle S. HAYES Invoice Audit Clerk III 302-857-6410 mhayes@desu.edu Ms. Karla A. MARTIN M.S., North Carolina A&T State University B.S., Fort Valley State University USDA/1890 Liaison Officer 302-857-6410 kmartin@desu.edu Ms. Alexandra E. ULRICH Recruiter 302-857-6410 aulrich@desu.edu Mr. Donald E. WUJTEWICZ M.S., Delaware State University B.S., Delaware State University 302-857-6410 dwujtewi@desu.edu Dr. Susan E. YOST Educator Claude E. Phillips Herbarium 302-857-6410 syost@desu.edu Miss Lori M. BROWN Mariculture Research Technician 302-857-6410 lmbrown@desu.edu Mr. Grant S. BLANK Aquaculture Research Assistant 302-857-6410 gblank@desu.edu Mrs. Jana L. RHEAUME Senior Secretary 302-857-6410 jrheaume@desu.edu Dr. Zhiming YANG 302-857-6410 zyang@desu.edu Troy DARDEN Information Coordinator 302-857-6410 tdarden@desu.edu Mrs. Sandra K. JACOBSON B.S., Delaware State University Research Technician 302-857-6410 sjacobse@desu.edu Michael WASYLKOWSKI Small Farm Educator/NRCS 302-857-6410 mwasylkwoski@desu.edu Dr. HECKSCHER Christopher Associate Professor 302-857-6410 checkscher@desu.edu Phyllis HELPER Nutrition Education Assistant 302-857-6410 phelper@desu.edu Stacey E. HOFMAN Agriculture Education Program Leader 302-857-6410 shofman@desu.edu Dr. Kalpalatha MELMAIEE Post Doctoral Research Scientist 302-857-6410 kmelmaiee@desu.edu  

Master's Program in Plant Science

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Objectives The Graduate Program in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources prepares students for career opportunities and cooperative ventures with federal and state agencies, private industry, and nearby horticultural institutions. The program strives to generate research designed to solve problems encountered in the study, production and manipulation of plant species and in evaluating various aspects of the plant sciences including plant production, physiology, culture and taxonomy. Admissions and Degree Requirements In addition to the general Graduate School Requirements, potential candidates must have an undergraduate degree in plant sciences or the equivalent, with (30) credits from the following list of courses: General Botany, Horticultural Plant Materials, Statistics/Biometrics, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Field Crops, Forage Crops, Ecology, Plant Systematics, Soils, Entomology, Weed Science, Genetics, Plant Physiology, Molecular Biology, Plant Pathology and Plant Propagation. Course Descriptions Degree Requirements Master of Science Degree Program in Plant Science The Masters Degree in Plant Science is designed to prepare students for advanced study in plant culture, physiology, management and/or systematics. The degree requires a supervised research program and a thesis. A total of 31 credit hours are required for the degree, including 22 hours of course work and 9 credit hours of research. Curriculum Facilities The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources is housed in the W.W. Baker Building, which contains classrooms, offices, and laboratories that support the program. Other facilities include the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium and a 6,000 square foot Research Greenhouse. The Claude E. Phillips Herbarium, with ca. 145,000 specimens, contains the largest collection of preserved plant specimens at any historically black institution and is a premier center for studying plant diversity, human uses of plants, and the conservation of rare plants. A research greenhouse is located on the north side of the Baker building. Several fields and research plots are located on the campus grounds. Hickory Hill Farm, used for forage and animal research, is located approximately 7 miles away in Cheswold, Delaware. Faculty The faculty in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources are dedicated to their fields of study and have diverse backgrounds. Their specific areas of research interest include plant systematics, plant physiology, tissue culture, forage production, forage utilization, and minor crop production. Active research programs exist within these areas and offer graduate students many opportunities for active learning and discovery.

Master's Program in Natural Resources

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James Baker Building, Room 118
302.857.6412 • Fax: 302.857.6455

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Faculty The faculty in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources possess diverse backgrounds and are dedicated to their fields of study. Specific areas of research interest in the faculty include aquatic ecology, wildlife management, integrated environmental modeling, wetland ecology, rainforest ecology and aquaculture. Active research programs exist within these areas and offer graduate students opportunities for active learning, funding, internships, and potential jobs upon graduation. Objectives The Master of Science in Natural Resources, a program of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is designed to be a flexible degree that can meet the advanced educational goals of a wide range of students. The program was developed to provide advanced study and experience in natural resources management, field ecology, environmental science, and related fields that are not readily available at other local colleges and universities. The program’s research projects emphasize local environmental management issues, and facilitate cooperative ventures with federal and state government agencies, private industry, and other interested organizations through grant proposals, internships, service learning relationships, and similar programs. Admission and Degree Requirements In addition to Graduate School requirements, the candidate must have a Bachelor's degree in some aspect of natural or applied field science (such as natural resources, wildlife management, fisheries, a field oriented biological science degree, or similar), including thirty (30) credits from the following courses: Aquaculture, Biometrics, Botany, Dendrology, Ecology, Ecosystems, Environmental Law/Policy, Fisheries Science, Ichthyology, Forestry, Land Use Planning, Limnology/Aquatic Ecology, Mammalogy, Marine Biology, Ornithology, Population Biology, Resource Management, Soil & Water Management, Wetlands Biology, Wildlife Management, Zoology. Any deficiencies in course background identified by a student's advisory committee can be completed at DSU, although courses taken to fill deficiencies cannot be applied to the graduate program for credit. Course Descriptions Degree Requirements Master of Science Degree Program in Natural Resources The Masters degree in Natural Resources requires a total of 30 credit hours, including 24 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours of research. The degree program also requires a supervised research thesis, participation in university seminars and related academic life, presentation of thesis research, and submission of thesis data for publication. Curriculum Facilities The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources is housed in the James Baker Building, which contains classrooms, offices, and laboratories for the program. Other facilities include the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium, the largest herbarium at an HBCU which ranks 87th out of 525 herbaria in the U.S., housing the largest collection of preserved plant specimens at any historically black institution. Several fields and forested areas are located on the campus grounds for teaching and research. An aquaculture facility, with over 30 ponds and an aquatic ecology laboratory, is available for aquatic studies and research. In addition, collaborative efforts with various state and federal parks and natural areas allow for a wide range of projects throughout the state.
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Faculty Profile 


Richard A. Barczewski, Ph.D. - Program Director
rbarczewski@desu.edu

Associate Professors
Richard A. Barczewski, Ph.D., University of Maryland (Program Director)

Dr. Dewayne Fox, Ph.D., North Carolina State University

Kevina Vulinec, Ph.D., University of Florida

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