Undergraduate Degrees

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The Plant Science and Landscape Architecture programs prepare students for careers and graduate study.

The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA) offers three undergraduate majors. Two lead to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree: Plant Science, and Agricultural Science and Technology. The remaining major leads to a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.) degree. In addition, we also offer programs in collaboration with other departments such as Fermentation Science as well as Environment and Agriculture

We also offer three graduate programs: Extension Education (AEED), Landscape Architecture (MLA), and Plant Science (MS or PhD in PLSC)Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronyms: AGST, PLSC, LARC.

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Undergraduate Majors & Minors

Agricultural Science & Technology

Specializations: 

  • Agricultural & Extension Education

  • Agronomy

  • Environmental Horticulture

 

Our Agricultural Science and Technology Program 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 choose a specialization in Agricultural and Extension Education, Agronomy, or Environmental Horticulture. Students take courses in agronomy or environmental horticulture, plant science, agricultural economics, animal sciences, environmental science, and pest management. We also have a dual degree option within Agricultural & Extension Education!

Key words: 

agronomy, environmental horticulture, agricultural education, soil science, greenhouse management, container nursery production, fresh fruit and vegetable production, plant protection, food safety, education, Agriculture, Extension, Education, Ag Education, Outreach, teachers, FFA, Agronomic, Precision Agriculture, Sustainability, Sustainable Agriculture, Plant Protection (Includes - Weed Science, Plant Pathology, Entomology), Crop Production, Soils, Grain Production, Small Grains, Corn, Soybean, Barley, Oats, Wheat, Rye, Alfalfa, "Feed, Food, Fiber, Fuel", Science, Technology, Crop Physiology, Agronomist, Crop Specialists, Food Production, Pest Management, Agronomy Student, Land Grant, Field Crops, Row Crops, Agroecology, Interdisciplinary, Hay, Silage, Haylage

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Environmental Science & Policy: Environment and Agriculture

Prepares students to work in:

  • agroecology

  •  biodiversity

  • sustainable agriculture

  • integrated pest management

  • production science.

 

Both locally and internationally, there is increasing concern about how humans manage soils, use water, raise animals, and modify the genetic base of crops. Students will be able to take an ecosystems approach in analyzing the relationship between agricultural science and social science through a local and global lens. Environment and Agriculture is also a fitting concentration for those interested in food security or food systems, and for those wishing to work with national and international governments, non-profits, and non-governmental organizations.

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Fermentation Science

Fermented foods
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This program is collaboration between our department and the Department of Nutrition and Food Science. Learn more below!

"Fermentation Science will prepare students for workforce demand of the broadly defined fermentation industries that include beverages (beer, wine, distilled spirits and kombucha), vegetable foods (kimchi, tempeh and miso), dairy foods (cheese and yogurt) and biotechnology industries (biofuels and pharmaceuticals). In addition to general education courses, students will take core required courses on fermentation science and participate in industrial internships for practical experiences and experiential learning with fermentation industries and possible placement in those companies." - Department of Nutrition and Food Science

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Landscape Architecture

Areas of interest: 

  • Community Design

  • Creative Design

  • Ecological Design

  • Urban Design

 

The Landscape Architecture Program helps landscape architects lead, educate, and participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our built and natural environments. The undergraduate Landscape Architecture curriculum is a four-year professional program (BLA). We also have a graduate program for those interested in pursuing their MLA.

Key words: 

design, urban agriculture, planning, community, sustainable planning, management, Landscape architecture, Ecological Design Ecological restoration, Natural resources conservation, Green infrastructure,  Bioretention, Phytoremediation, Mine reclamation, Green roofs, Living walls,  Constructed wetlands, Floodplain restoration, Living shorelines, Streambank stabilization, Greenways, Urban Design, Waterfronts, Plazas, Streetscapes, Community parks, Corporate campuses, Sports complexes, Light rail stations, Green roofs, Urban greenways, Complete streets, Arts districts, Arboreta, Redevelopment zones, Boulevards, Tactical urbanism, Green streets, Creative Design Earthworks, Metal  fabrication, Concept and meaning, Lighting  design, Materials and methods, Public art, Soundscapes, Digital modeling and visualization, Civic monuments, Form generation, Pop-up parks, Placemaking, Theatrical urban spaces, Community Design, Community response to sea level rise, Cultural resource preservation, Action research, Neighborhood design, Workshops, Urban agriculture, Face-to-face interviews, Participatory design, Crime prevention through environmental design, Healthy cities, Therapeutic landscapes

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Plant Sciences

Concentrations:

  • Plant Biology

  • Turf & Golf Course Management

  • Urban Forestry

 

The Plant Sciences Program combines basic science courses with applied technical classes to prepare students for the many and varied careers in this growing field.  Students seeking a Plant Science degree must complete requirements in one of the following areas of concentration:  plant biology, turf and golf course management, or urban forestry.

Key words: 

biochemistry, cell biology, ecology, molecular genetics, pathology, physiology, business, management, entrepreneurship, design, turfgrass, plant biology, trees and forest ecology, business management, food safety, growth and development, genetics, genomics, breeding, molecular genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, metabolism, pathology  ​​

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Minors

Minors available:

  • Agricultural Science & Technology

  • Landscape Management

Agricultural Science & Technology

This minor will provide students with an appreciation and understanding of sustainable agricultural crop production. The core courses provide students with a basic foundation in plant science while supporting courses allow students to broaden their focus in different areas of agriculture. Students can select their courses in either agronomy or environmental horticulture.

Landscape Management

Landscape Management trains students for management positions in the landscape industry. The curriculum combines plant science, design and business management courses enabling graduates to meet the challenges of careers in the green industry.

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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!

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