College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture

Academic Programs

             Welcome to the Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture!

The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA) offers three undergraduate majors. Two lead to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree: Plant Science, and Agricultural Science and Technology. The remaining major leads to a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.) degree. We also offer two graduate programs: Plant Science (MS or PhD in PLSC), and Landscape Architecture (MLA)Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronyms:  PLSC and LARC. 
 

The Plant Science and Landscape Architecture programs prepare students for careers and graduate study. Students in PSLA can choose from the 3 majors offered:

  • Agricultural Science and Technology (AGST) is a science based curriculum that allows students to obtain technological skills in a broad area of agricultural studies. Agricultural Science and Technology students are required to choose a specialization in agronomy or environmental horticulture. Students take courses in agronomy or environmental horticulture, plant science, agricultural economics, animal sciences, environmental science and pest management. The high number of restricted and non-restricted electives in this curriculum allows students the flexibility to develop an academic program compatible with their personal interests and goals.
    • If you are interested in Agricultural Education we also have an option for you! To learn more visit our Agricultural Education page to see which option works best for you.
  • Landscape Architecture (LARC) helps Landscape Architects lead, educate, and participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our built and natural environments. The undergraduate Landscape Architecture curriculum is a four-year professional program (BLA). We also have a graduate program for those interested in pursuing their MLA.
  • Plant Science (PLSC) combines basic science courses with applied technical classes to prepare students for the many and varied careers in this growing field.  Students seeking a Plant Science degree must complete requirements in one of the following Areas of Concentration: Landscape Management, Plant Science, Turf and Golf Course Management, or Urban Forestry. 

If you are unsure which major to declare or just want to compare the three majors we offer please feel free to review our "Finding your Major" document as well as the "Areas of Interest" document that we hope will aid you in understanding our programs better!

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Agricultural Science & Technology  
Dr. Bill Phillips
301-405-1061
billii@umd.edu

Landscape Architecture
Undergraduate
Dennis Nola
301-405-0066
 
Graduate Program
Dr. David Myers
301-405-4350
dnmyers@umd.edu
 
Plant Science
Undergraduate
Dr. Steven Cohan
301-405-6969
scohan@umd.edu
 
Graduate
Dr. Jianhua Zhu
301-405-0920
 
 
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