Washington State's Agricultural Experiment Station

Agricultural Research Center

ARC's Departments, Institutes, Laboratories, and Research Centers


Animal Sciences

Research Areas: Behavior & Well-Being | Environment |Genetics/Genomics | Growth/Muscle/Meat Science | Nutrition | Reproductive Physiology.

Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles

Students majoring in the Department of Apparel,Merchandising, Design and Textiles experience the dynamic interface between design, merchandising, and consumer aspects of the apparel and textile industry. Within this department, students delve into the design, aesthetic, functional, social, cultural, economic, and production aspects of apparel and textile products. Washington State University has the only state supported bachelor's and master's degree program in the state.

Biological Systems Engineering

Research Areas: Land and Water Engineering| Environmental Engineering |Food Engineering |Bioproducts & Bioenergy

Crop and Soil Sciences

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Research Areas: Integrating Biological Control into existing and developing Integrated Pest Mmanagement programs.| Addressing the Pesticide Issues & Questions of our Constituencies| Providing Quality Education in Basic Life Sciences using insects as a Model Animal System. The Entomology Department includes the Food & Enviornmental Quality Laboratory located in the Tricities. FEQL works to ensure the quality and safety of food, the long-term sustainability of our food-producing lands and surrounding environment, and the economic viability of the agriculture and food industries of Washington State.

Agricultural Annimal Health Prog. Field Disease Investigation Unit

The FDIU is a component of the WSU CVM Agricultural Animal Health Program. Faculty members have visited the source of disease outbreaks to inspect and evaluate all aspects of disease causation and management. This model differs from more traditional approaches to disease investigation, in which individual sick animals are delivered to a veterinary teaching hospital or a diagnostic lab for evaluation.


Research Areas: Offers a wide variety from tree fruit across the state, stone fruit, potatoes, variety of post harvest avenues, viticulture and enology, vegatables, landscaping, sustainable designs, and geographic information.

Human Development

Human Development faculty members are involved in a wide range of research topics on children, adolescents, their families, and their communities. These interdisciplinary projects provide undergraduate and graduate students with numerous opportunities to actively participate in cutting-edge research on important topics.

Interior Design

The interior design program is the only program in the state accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER) and offers a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. Students begin their program of study in Interior Design on the Pullman campus. Third year students have the option of study in Pullman or study in Spokane at the Interdisciplinary Design Institute. The institute represents a unique collaboration among the design disciplines with students and faculty from interior design, architecture, construction management, and landscape architecture working and learning together in a team-oriented, urban environment.

Plant Pathology

Research is conducted at five locations in the State of Washington. The Pullman campus and experiment stations in Mount Vernon, Prosser, Puyallup, and Wenatchee. Over 300 crops grown in Washington. Plant pathology is indispensable to the continued health of these crops and the agricultural economy of the state.

School of Economic Sciences

The School of Economic Sciences seeks to achieve research excellence in environmental and resource economics, international trade, markets, and development; transportation policy; and the economics of agribusiness systems and biotechnology. Additional research areas of particular strength are econometrics and the economics of sports, production, health, labor, and regions.

Associated with the School of Economic Sciences IMPACT provides Washington agricultural exporters with the science and technology they need to be successful in today’s global market by utilizing the expertise of university scientists in research, education and communication to solve marketing problems and transfer technology to agricultural exporters.

School of the Environment

A WSU centerpiece on global change and its effects. In particular, the school will serve as a focal point for system-wide research and collaboration in the critical area of water resources.

School of Food Science

The ever-expanding field of food science encompasses a wide range of careers in food-related work, the nation's largest occupational sector. The Bi-State School of Food Science is recognized for excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education for individuals interested in these fields. You can work side by side with faculty who care about your success and academic experience.


Research Institutes, Laboratories, and Centers

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Agricultural Weather Network

The AgWeatherNet (AWN) provides access to the raw data from the Washington State University PAWS & AWN weather network. The AWN includes 97 weather stations located mostly in the irrigated regions of eastern Washington State providing 15 minute weather data update approximately once an hour. The AWN network is administered and managed by the AgWeatherNet Program located in Prosser, WA .

Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems

The mission of CPAAS is to advance the science and practice of precision agriculture in Washington State and beyond. The CPAAS is directed by Dr.Qin Zhang and is physically located at the Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research & Extension Center (IAREC) in Prosser, WA.

Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources

The Mission of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources is to foster approaches to agriculture and natural resource stewardship that are economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially responsive.

Composite Materials and Engineering Center

Research at WMEL involves a broad range of projects that exhibit excellence in both fundamental and applied areas of wood materials and engineering.

Institute of Biological Chemistry

The Institute of Biological Chemistry does fundamental research in the molecular biology and biochemistry of plants. Although studies are conducted in a wide variety of areas, work at the Institute focuses on basic plant research that may have potential applications in forestry and agricultural biotechnology.


Statewide Research Centers

Lind Dryland Research Station

Testing of various wheat varieties in low rainfall dryland areas.

Long Beach Research and Extension Unit

Research on cranberries including weed control and physiology, cranberry best management practices, integrated pest management, and cranberry pollination.

WSU Mt. Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center

is located in the Skagit Valley of northwestern Washington. The region is well known for its scenic beauty, the Cascade Mountain Range, and Puget Sound. This five-county area supports a diverse agriculture, including dairy and livestock industries, and the production of over 60 fresh market and processing crops on approximately 100,000 + acres. Blueberries, red raspberries, strawberries; cabbage seed, spinach seed, table beet seed and over 20 other vegetable and grass seed crops; cucumbers, green peas, red and yellow potatoes and other specialty vegetables; specialty apple and grape cultivars; tulips, daffodils and irises; turf, nursery and greenhouse crops; and, various small grain crops flourish here because of the rich soils and mild, marine climate.

WSU Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center

The principle mission of Washington State University Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research & Extension Center (IAREC) is to assist the agricultural industry in developing and producing crops and livestock in both an environmentally sound and sustainable way and assuring a safe and abundant food supply.

WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center

WSU Puyallup is a university center located within fifty miles of Seattle. The Center has these programs support technological innovation, food production, natural resource stewardship, youth development, human nutrition and community enhancement. The 160-acre main campus is comprised of laboratories and offices, state-of-the-art greenhouses, a Master Gardener demonstration garden, 6 acres of certified organic farmland, and several acres of agricultural and natural resource plots.

WSU Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center

Comprehensive research projects are conducted by Washington State University and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) collaborating scientists in all phases of orchard culture, pest control, fruit harvesting and handling, fruit maturity, storage, grading and packaging. These programs also include basic science aspects of plant physiology, entomology, plant pathology, soil science, horticulture, economics and biochemistry.

WSU Pullman Plant Growth Facilities

The Plant Growth Facilities greenhouses, along with controlled environmental growth chambers and rooms, serve the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences and affiliated USDA programs as the primary controlled environment space for research and teaching projects.

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