Undergraduate

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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. 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. Learn more about our three major programs below!

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Undergraduate Majors & Minors

Agricultural Science & Technology

Specializations: 

  • Agronomy

  • Agricultural & Extension Education

  • 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 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 in 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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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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Need help determining which is the right path for you?

Unsure of which major to declare? Please feel free to contact us! We will try our best to help you gain a better understanding of our programs!

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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!

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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Which topics are you interested in?
agronomy, environmental horticulture, agricultural education, soil science, greenhouse management, container nursery production, fresh fruit and vegetable production, plant protection, food safety, education
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
Agriculture, Extension, Education, Ag Education, Outreach, teachers, FFA
design, urban agriculture, planning, community, sustainable planning, management, community design, urban design, ecological design, creative design, 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
biochemistry, cell biology, ecology, molecular genetics, pathology, and physiology, business, management, entrepreneurship, design, turfgrass, plant biology, trees and forest ecology, business management, food safety
physiology, growth and development, genetics, genomics, breeding, molecular genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, metabolism, pathology