College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture

Agricultural Science & Technology

Agricultural Science and Technology 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 take courses in agronomy, 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.
 

Specializations available within Agricultural Science & Technology:

  1. Agronomy (Crop Science, Sustainable production, Precision production agriculture)
  2. Environmental Horticulture (Greenhouse and Nurseries, Sustainable orchard and vegetable crop production, Viticulture, Urban Agriculture)

Another option students can pursue is:

  • Agricultural EducationOur program gives you two options to pursue Agricultural Education: 1) Double Major Path; or 2) Integrated Masters Path. If you're interested in agricultural education please visit our Agricultural Education page.
    • What will you learn?
      • Agriculture Science
      • Agriculture Education (High School Ag Educator)
      • Leaders in the agricultural community on a local and state level.

Who are AGST students?

AGST students have diverse backgrounds and professional goals. Some students are interested in managing a farm or greenhouse, teaching in a FFA program, environmental aspects of farming, university extension, agricultural communications, marketing, or graduate school. Some students transfer in from community college others start as freshman. A number of students double major in AGST and another university major. However, all AGST have an interest in learning more about agriculture.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop technical and knowledge-based skills in the required areas of study.
  • Students will use technical and basic learned knowledge to collaborate, solve problems, and then articulate conclusions.
  • Students shall develop effective communication skills and demonstrate the ability to present ideas with clarity to an appropriate audience.
  • Students will connect and build relationships with external groups in the appropriate fields of study.
Curriculum:

Hands-on Experience:

Agriculture is an applied science and all AGST students have the opportunity to experience agriculture. All AGST students are required to do an internship. Students must also take a Capstone class their senior year. Capstone classes are designed to have students apply the knowledge that they have obtained in their studies to solving real-world problems. AGST students are also encouraged to learn outside the structured classroom setting. Many students work in University research labs or on University research farms. The close proximity of the United States Department of Agriculture Beltsville Research Center also provides many opportunities for our students.

AGST students have opportunities to join agriculturally-based student clubs, such as the Agronomy Club, Horticulture Club, Animal Husbandry Club and the collegiate 4H Club. We also have a very active Agricultural Honor Sorority, Sigma Alpha and several judging teams. Each spring semester the University of Maryland sponsors AG Day. This is a student-run event occurs on the campus and it includes many agricultural activities.

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Your Future:

The AGST curriculum is designed to help students reach their career goals. The broad base of agricultural courses that students take in this major prepares them for employment opportunities in many agricultural fields. Employment opportunities include agricultural management, regulatory, teaching, extension, technology support, marketing, etc. Some students may wish to continue their education in graduate school. Students completing their AGST degreee with a specialization in agronomy focusing on the basic sciences will be prepared to enter into graduate school. AGST majors are also prepared to apply to get a masters degree in education, so they can teach agriculture in high school.

Faculty

For more information on the faculty that teach in this program, please select a name below.

Environmental Horticulture 

Agronomy

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Want more information?

Fill out a request form or email us. Ready to apply? Learn more on our How to Apply to PSLA page!

Dr. Bill Phillips
Director & Assistant Clinical Professor
301-405-1061
billii@umd.edu
 
If you are intersted in Environmental Science & Policy: Environment and Agriculture you may also contact Dr. Phillips for more information!

Are you transferring from a community college?

You should also check out our Transfer Students page.

        

"As the global population soars, food production will need to increase to feed the extra mouths. But if the world is to meet those demands, it must do so efficiently and sustainably" -NY Times

        

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