Welcome Statement

Welcome to the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, where high quality programs intersect with  a dynamic living/learning laboratory — a 350-acre working farm! Our faculty include leading scholars in animal nutrition and physiology, immunology, virology, molecular biology, animal production, management, food science, and food safety. Our campus is friendly and beautiful with easy access to public transportation.  As you take a look at our many offerings, you will see that we are vested in our students and their individual journeys. We look forward to getting to know you.

Undergraduate Programs

The University of Delaware is the choice for students who seek rigorous yet flexible majors that engage a variety of interests. Many students are attracted to our honor’s program and the extra learning opportunities it provides. Students definitely enjoy access to our farm, as it provides valuable learning experiences with dairy and beef cattle, sheep, horses and poultry.  Students also enjoy the benefit of having personalized faculty serve as academic advisors and access to supplemental academic support, if needed.

UD is nationally known for our undergraduate student opportunities with professors during the regular semesters and the summer. Students are encouraged to attend scientific meetings and present their findings. Internships and UD’s study abroad experiential learning programs are also nationally recognized and give students important insight on prospective employment opportunities and life outside of our country.

Graduate Programs

Graduate students come from the U.S and around the world to study with our nationally and internationally recognized faculty on exciting applied and basic research topics. Our department offers the master of science degrees in Animal Science and Food Science and a joint Ph.D. degree in Animal and Food Science.

Students take their course work in a variety of departments to meet their educational and intellectual needs. Students may study off-campus as well in laboratories of affiliated faculty working at other universities or federal research laboratories. Our research facilities on campus and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute provide excellent instrumentation and research support for virology and microbiology, high throughput genome sequencing, microscopy, and comparative histopathology. Facilities for animal studies are also available, including the Charles C. Allen Laboratory. All require a research thesis. Students accepted to our graduate programs receive financial support in the form of a research or teaching assistantship.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jack Gelb,
Professor