College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture

Advising: Undergraduates

The Department has mandatory faculty advising for each of its majors and minor programs. Students are initially directed to the appropriate advisor in PSLA during Orientation. Subsequently, students will meet at a minimum of once each semester with their advisor. That meeting will occur during pre-registration. Advising sessions will focus on appropriate major and course selection, benchmarks, a four-year plan with progress toward a degree, internships and employment opportunities.
  • Landscape Architecture students please visit the LARC Advising page on
  • New and Transfer students: If you are already enrolled in one of our majors and will be attending one of our orientations, please check our New Students page. If you are planning on transferring to the University of Maryland, please view our Transfer Students page.


  1. Check your assigned registration appointment. This is the earliest you can register for classes after meeting with your advisor. This does not indicate when you will meet with your advisor; you should meet with your advisor prior to this date and time.
  2. Set-up an appointment with your faculty advisor prior to your assigned time from previous step.
  3. Review your 4-year plan, including your CORE/GENED requirements to make sure you are on track. Please confirm any exceptions with your faculty advisor. View checklist for: CORE | GENED
  4. Review your Degree Audit to ensure that you are on track. Please make note of any questions/exceptions required so your advisor can review/edit as needed. You can also find your unoffical transcript by visiting Testudo.
  5. You can also use Venus which is a very useful interactive scheduling and registration system. It helps you find the best schedule for you!
  6. Highly recommended: You may also meet with AGNR Peer Mentors
  7. Complete a Schedule Request Form to indicate which classes you need.
  8. Print out schedule form. Reminder: Class and advising blocks will not be lifted until after you see your faculty advisor so plan ahead. Bring to your advising form completed. You must bring in your schedule request form filled out; if not you will have to reschedule.
  9. At your appointment the faculty advisor will handle exceptions, answer unique advising questions, and discuss your progress, goals, and academic direction. It will be useful if you prepare a list of questions and concerns before your advising meeting. This will ensure all your questions are answered promptly.
  10. Get approval and advising block removed by your faculty advisor. Below please find your assigned faculty advisor based on your major.
  11. Please let your advisor know if you are planning on dropping a course. This might have an impact to your time to graduation so it is important that you discuss this with your advisor prior to dropping the course.


  1. Do not take courses outside of campus without first getting permission to do so. More information can be found in our Advising FAQs page.
  2. If you are planning to graduate next semester, please apply to graduate through Testudo's Graduation - Apply Here option.
  3. Discuss any potential exceptions requests with your faculty advisor. For more information please visit: Policy Exceptions | Permission to Enroll at Another Institution |Undergraduate Catalog - Visit the Undergraduate Catalog for university policies, fee information, and much more!
Schedule Request Form:
Don't forget to come prepared with your form filled out!
PLSC/AGST students only. LARC students please visit the LARC Advising page.

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Faculty Advisor Assignments

Faculty Advisor
Agricultural Education - 
Agricultural Science & Technology: Secondary Education (0101E)
Dr. Melissa Welsh | 301-405-6969 | PLS 2130
Agricultural Science & Technology: Agronomy Specialization
(Major code: 0101A, previously 01010)
Dr. Bill Phillips | 301-405-1061 | PLS 2131 
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*Please note that if you are using your phone to schedule an appointment be sure the calendar is set to EST and not GMT.
Agricultural Science & Technology: Environmental Horticulture (Major code: 0101B)
PREVIOUSLY: Plant Sciences: Horticulture & Crop Production (Major code: 0107B)
Dr. Diana Cochran
Assistant Clinical Professor
cochrand@umd.edu301-405-6244 | PLS 2102

Dr. Chris Walsh | 301-405-4351 | PLS 2118
Plant Science: Landscape Management
(Major code: 0107C; Minor code: #AG05)
Dr. Mark Carroll | 301-405-1339 | PLS 2132
Plant Science: Plant Biology/Plant Science
(Major code: 0107D)
Dr. Gary Coleman | 301-405-4371 | PLS 2128 
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*Please note that if you are using your phone to schedule an appointment be sure the calendar is set to EST and not GMT.
Plant Science: Turf & Golf Course Management
(Major code: 0107E)
Dr. Mark Carroll | 301-405-1339 | PLS 2132
Plant Science: Urban Forestry 
(Major code: 0107F) 
Dr. Joseph Sullivan | 301-405-1626 | PLS 2122
Landscape Architecture 
(Major code: 02040)
Dennis Nola | 301-405-0066 | PLS 2138
Dr. Bill Phillips | 301-405-1061 | PLS 2131 
Sign-up for an appointment!
*Please note that if you are using your phone to schedule an appointment be sure the calendar is set to EST and not GMT.

Changing your Major

If you are interested in declaring your major to AGST, PLSC, or LARC please visit the Change Your Major page at > Students > Undergraduate Students. Also, set-up a time to meet with the faculty advisor for that major. If you have additional questions, please email Diana Cortez at

Additional Questions?

Make sure to review our Advising FAQs page as some of your questions may already be answered there. You should also check out the Office of Undergraduate Students Advising website.
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