Welcome to Plant Science and Landscape Architecture!

Be part of an exciting & diverse department focusing on how plants & design affect climate change and food safety & access to meet 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. 

Undergraduate Programs Graduate Programs

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: Sidra Isenberg- Environmental Horticulture

Sidra is an Agricultural Science & Technology major with specialization in Environmental Horticulture


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Alumni Spotlight- Recent PSLA Graduates Caitlin Steinthal and Marquis Barnes talk Friendship

Caitlin Steinthal (BS PLSC) and Marquis Barnes (BLA) both graduated in May of 2020. Caitlin shares how her friendship with Marquis and their similar interests made the UMD undergraduate experience a truly positive one.

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

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


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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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