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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Student in College of Agriculture and Natural Resources working in an AG lab

The College of Agriculture & Natural Resources (CANR) at the University of Delaware is dedicated to advancing human understanding through results-oriented science that addresses serious challenges to our global environment, natural resources, and sustainability efforts. There has never been a more pressing need for educated and committed agriculture and natural resource professionals than now. The job forecast for CANR graduates is especially strong due to increasing concerns over food production, world hunger, a sustainable environment, food safety, and global climate change. In fact, according to a recent USDA report, there are two jobs to every one graduate of agriculture and related sciences.

The College’s curricula provide a flexible program of study in high demand fields that are designed to educate students on rapid changes and improvements in agriculture and natural resources. Business, education, science, and technology are used to solve problems related to environmental protection, food and fiber production, as well as animal and plant health. Careers result in sales, marketing, management, science, technology, animal health, new product development, communications, and many other critical occupations.

Thousands of successful alumni around the world are evidence of the academic excellence rooted at the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. A committed and renowned faculty engage students with hands-on experiences, research opportunities and connections to communities, both at home and overseas. Frequent consultation with faculty advisors help students progress toward achieving their educational goals. College faculty encourage and support students to pursue Degrees with Distinction, take courses in the University Honors Program, and participate in the Summer Scholars research program. With a distinctive “350-acre classroom”, students are encouraged by faculty to actively test their knowledge on a distinctive working farm and gain practical experience in a real-world setting that is second to none.

Undergraduate majors are offered in agriculture and natural resources, animal science, environmental and resource economics, food and agribusiness marketing and management, food science, insect ecology and conservation, landscape architecture, landscape horticulture and design, natural resource management, plant science, pre-veterinary medicine and animal biosciences, statistics, and wildlife ecology and conservation.

For more information about the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, please visit the College web site at

Taking Courses Pass/Fail

Courses that a student chooses to take under the pass/fail option cannot be used to complete major or group requirements in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Pass/fail option courses can be counted only as free electives.

Dean’s Scholar Program

The Dean’s Scholar Program serves students whose clearly defined educational goals cannot be effectively achieved by pursuing the standard curricula for all existing majors, minors, and interdepartmental majors sponsored by the University. Driven by an overarching passion or curiosity that transcends typical disciplinary bounds and curricula, a Dean’s Scholar’s intellectual interests may lead to broad interdisciplinary explorations of an issue or to more intense, in-depth studies in a single field at a level akin to graduate work. In consultation with faculty advisors and the assistant dean of their college, Dean’s Scholars design an imaginative and rigorous individual plan of study to meet the total credit hours required for graduation. Dean’s Scholars in Agriculture and Natural Resources may qualify for Honors Degrees. Contact the Assistant Dean in the College or go to for more information and the application.

Core Curriculum


For all majors, the following core curriculum must be met in addition to the Major and Concentration requirements listed in the catalog. Exceptions or additions to the core curriculum for a specific major are noted in the department sections. Students should consult with their advisor(s) as to whether a course can count for multiple requirements (major, college, university). If a course is used to fulfill two or more requirements, credits are counted only once toward the total credits for graduation.

The Associate in Science Degree

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources offers a two-year Associate in Science (AS) degree in Newark. This degree is ideal for students interested in agriculture who desire to spend only two years working toward a degree or who are unsure of their plans for higher education. Admission requirements for the associate degree are the same as for the baccalaureate degree.

Departments and Programs



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