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DSU was voted 1890 land-grant institution of the year by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, Nov. 2013!

  College of Agriculture & Related Sciences

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A word from the dean... Are you a potential undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in agriculture, natural resources, food science, or textiles and apparel studies?

I welcome you to visit the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS). We have programs that offer you a solid academic and experiential learning foundation to help you achieve your educational and career goals.

CARS includes four divisions:
Agriculture and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension Cooperative Research Human Ecology

At DSU, The College of Agriculture and Related Sciences is the bedrock of the 1890 land-grant tradition. Our history began with the Second Morrill Act and is reinforced daily through our teaching, research and extension activities--the three core components that define the land-grant mission.





CARS Conversations
Check the link above each month as we introduce you to members of the CARS staff. These people work behind the scenes to help our students and to support our projects and programs.

CARS Notables. . .

CARS Career Fair Network 2.0

The College of Agriculture and Related Sciences will host Network 2.0, an event to expose CARS students to employers and graduate degree programs in their fields. For more information click here.


DSU Professor Kevina Vulinec, a Fulbright Scholar in the field of Environmental Sciences, discusses the importance of seed-dispersing bats in tropical rainforests of Brazil. 

Dr. Jung-lim Lee

CARS congratulates Dr. Jung-lim Lee on receiving a 2014 Faculty Excellence Award!


DSU granted $1.4 million for ASSESS project in West Africa
DSU ASSESS Team: (l-r) Dr. Hankoua Bertrand, Dr. Samuel Besong, Dr. Marikis Alvarez (principal investigator) Dr. Albert Essel and Dr. Michael Casson. 












Graduate Studies

Graduate Program in Food Science

The Graduate Program in Food Science is a multi-disciplinary program that integrates knowledge in Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Nutrition and Engineering to the study and production of nutritious and safe food.… Read more

College of Agriculture & Related Sciences

(302) 857-6400

Administrative Staff Profile

Dyremple B. Marsh

Marikis Alvarez
Associate Dean 
for Research

Albert Essel
Associate Dean 
for Extension

Richard Barczewski
Department of Agriculture
and Natural Resources

Samuel Besong
Department of Human Ecology

Brandon Brown
Communications Media Assistant

Troy Darden
Information Coordinator

Lee Hawkins
Academic Advisor
Invoice Audit Clerk III
Administrative Assistant
College Recruiter 
IT Coordinator
Financial & Budget Analyst
Ahira Y. Smith
Director of Academic Advisement


The mission of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences is to celebrate the uniqueness of the 1890 land-grant tripartite design by educating students through the pursuit of scholarly excellence; by conducting basic and applied research; and through teaching and extension to improve the lives of people in the state, nation and world. This mission is supported by: 

  • Innovative basic and applied research that leads to the discovery of new and beneficial knowledge that is consistent with societal needs. 
  • A quality educational experience that provides professional opportunities for future leaders in agriculture and related sciences. 
  • Quality outreach education that is designed to address specific needs of a diverse audience including under-represented groups.


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