Welcome to Plant Science & Landscape Architecture!

Be a part of an exciting, novel, diverse  Department that addresses how plants and design address climate change, food safety and access, and meeting the needs of our changing urban/peri-urban communities.

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Prospective Students

The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA) offers three undergraduate majors. Two lead to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree: Plant Sciences, 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, LARC. 

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Current Students

Thank you for being part of our department! Please check out some student resources below.

If you have any additional questions please email Diana Cortez at dcortez@umd.edu. 

Undergraduate Students Graduate Students


Are you a PSLA Alumni? We want to hear from you!  The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Network is one of the numerous academic networks within the University of Maryland Alumni Association that allows you to remain an active and engaged member of our community.

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Home Gardeners, Industry & Businesses

We have gathered resources that we hope will be useful to you! Please check our Resources page for more information!

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, please email us at psla@umd.edu.

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Professionals in the field of plant science, environmental horticulture, agronomy, landscape architecture and agricultural and extension education do important work to make a significant impact on the communities we live in. Click below to learn more about social activism and health through gardening.

A Guerrilla Gardener in South Central LA

Student Spotlight: Pague Sanders- Agricultural & Extension Education

Students in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture come to us each with their own unique story, and Pague's is no exception.  After serving 6 years active duty in the Air Force she came to UMD to study Agricultural & Extension Education. 


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Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Maikisch - Agricultural Science & Technology, 2018

After graduation, Rachel Maikisch, 2018 Agricultural Science & Technology alum,  moved to Delaware and was offered a full time job with Merck Pharmaceuticals’ Animal Health Division as a technician. During Rachel’s time there, she was contacted through LinkedIn to speak about a Sow Production Farm Manager position. Interested in learning more, Rachel reached out to her previous supervisor from her internship at Hershey Ag to discuss the opportunity.  To Rachel’s surprise these conversations resulted in him offering her a position managing one of their farms!

Interested in sharing your student/alumni experience? Contact us today!

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Plant Ecology and Conservation Biology

Plant Pathology and Food Security

Food Safety of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Invasives and Weed Science

Plant Physiology and Development

Agriculture Production and Information Systems

Landscape Studies


Home Gardeners, Industry & Businesses

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Check out what some of our faculty, alumni, and students are working on!

Strawberry Fields Forever

"New wireless sensor technology from UMD is helping farmers better protect crops from frost, reduce water usage and cut down on fertilizer—all to enhance production of juicy, red strawberries." -UMD

UMD Elevates Rooftop Farming

"Urban rooftops are underutilized spaces to grow food. To help increase food production and improve regional food and nutritional security, UMD has partnered with Up Top Acres - a DC based farm operator - to develop best practices for integrating rooftop farming with green roof technology. Maryland researchers Dr. John Lea-Cox and Dr. Andrew Ristvey are spearheading the University of Maryland Urban Farm Integrated Research and Extension Program: Green Roof Food Production. They are overseeing research and implementing new technologies to monitor soil moisture, develop agricultural substrates for rooftops, and mitigate storm water runoff." - UMD

AGNR Green Leadership

"The University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has formed a team of faculty and staff to advance its strategic initiative of "Optimizing Urban Environments Through Design, Green Technology, and Community Engagement." This team will be a facilitator for inclusive, collaborative partnerships that develop and disseminate trans-disciplinary technologies and solutions to the complex, multi-faceted, and interconnected problems created by the built environment." - UMD AGNR

Helping Hops

"The University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is collaborating with Flying Dog Brewery on a local hop production initiative. Development of the highest quality ingredients is top priority for these partners as they aim to cultivate and expand the hop farming industry on the east coast, starting with Maryland’s unique climate. #UMDdiscovers" - UMD

Maryland Invents New Apple

The First apple patented by the University of Maryland. Antietam Blush, 30 years in the making.

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Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture. For a tour of the Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, please fill out the form below. We look forward to your visit! 

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College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. Contact April Brohawn (abrohawn@umd.edu), Assistant to the Dean for Recruitment, for an appointment to learn about how to join the AGNR family!

University of Maryland Tours. Don’t forget to schedule a campus tour! Also, check out the AGNR Prospective Students page for useful resources including information on financial aid and scholarships. 

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