College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture

Agronomy

Agricultural Science and Technology is a science based curriculum that allows students to obtain technological skills in a broad area of agricultural studies.

Agronomy students will be educated in a broad range of agricultural disciplines which will provide them with a comprehensive education in crop, soil and animal sciences.  Here at the University of Maryland, the focus of the program will be for students to gain a sustainable perspective of agronomy. Students will take a holistic approach to the design of their course work.  This approach will integrate the science of agronomy by taking courses in Animal Science, Crop Science, Soil Science, Agricultural Economics and Pest Management. This program of study has electives that allow the student to design their curriculum and to develop depth of knowledge in areas that meet their future goals. For example, some students may choose to focus more on agronomic crops or animal sciences, while others may take more courses in environmental sciences or international agriculture. By taking such a comprehensive approach to their education graduates will be prepared to work in the agricultural industry in such areas asagricultural extension, management, marketing, regulatory, support services, teaching, etc. In addition, students completing their Agriculture Science and Technology degree with a specialization in agronomy focusing on the basic sciences will be prepared to enter in to graduate school.

Who are AGST students?

AGST students have diverse backgrounds and professional goals. Some students are interested in managing a farm, 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.

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. The AGST major is well suited to prepare students for graduate school. Students completing their AGST degree with a concentration 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.

Want more information?

Fill out a request form or email us. Ready to apply? Learn more here!

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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