Our programs cover a wide range of scientific disciplines that support the safe and economical production of domestic livestock animals and quality foods, as well as the care, health, and use of companion animals. In the field of animal science, disciplines include virology, physiology, nutrition, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, engineering, biochemistry, genomics and animal management. In food science, we cover the disciplines of food safety (microbiology), chemistry and engineering, as well as the culinary aspects of food.

Our research addresses contemporary and future scientific challenges using cutting-edge technologies. Our goal is to assist and support stakeholders in the poultry, livestock and food industries.

Where high quality programs intersect with a dynamic living/learning laboratory — a 350-acre working farm!

Where high quality programs intersect with a dynamic living/learning laboratory — a 350-acre working farm!

Our undergraduate programs

Our graduate programs

What's new?

Featured Video


Minor in equine science: youtube.com/watch?v=KB8VA_SufyM

Photo of Limin Kung

Faculty Spotlight

Limin Kung Animal Science

Dr. Kung calls ruminants (like cows, sheep and deer) "metabolic marvels" because of incredible interactions with microbes in their guts.

Latest News

  • Bri Ames prepares sample extraction plates in a laboratory in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

    Animal science vs. coronavirus

    March 18, 2021 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    COVID-19 is new, caused by a novel coronavirus not previously seen in humans, but, down at the southern end of the University of Delaware campus, a group of staff and faculty knew all about similar diseases in animals.
  • Lessons from a devastating year with COVID-19

    March 15, 2021 | Written by Beth Miller
    Calvin Keeler, interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, professor of molecular virology explained how variants arise in the COVID-19 virus with its spike-shaped proteins.
  • Yeasts gone wild

    February 17, 2021 | Written by Mike Rankin of Hay & Forage
    Lurking in every load of corn silage brought to the silo are wild yeasts. Dr. Limin Kung a dairy nutritionist and renowned silage expert said that we don’t really understand why this wild variation exists and what conditions favor certain species over another.

Upcoming events