Agricultural Science and Technology Major
Agricultural Science and Technology is an interdisciplinary major about sustainable crop production. Students can choose either agronomy or environmental horticulture. This major is a science based curriculum that allows students to obtain technological skills in a broad area of agricultural studies. There are two specializations to choose from: Agronomy or Environmental Horticulture. Please contact us if you are interested in Agricultural and Extension Education.
Agronomy students will be educated in a broad range of agricultural disciplines providing them with a comprehensive education in crop, soil and animal sciences. Students will take courses in Animal Science, Crop Science, Soil Science, Agricultural Economics and Pest Management. This specialization has electives that allows students to design their curriculum and develop knowledge in areas that meet their future goals. Students in this specialization may take coursework in a program designed to prepare them to teach high school agriculture. Graduates will be prepared to work in the agricultural industry in agricultural extension, management, marketing, regulatory, support services, teaching, etc.
The Environmental Horticulture specialization focuses on the science, technology and management of fruit, vegetable, flower and woody ornamental plant production. The applied aspects of the curriculum include training in plant propagation, greenhouse crop production systems, containerized nursery production, and the application of high tunnels for extending the fruit and vegetable crop production season. Courses are taken in plant science, soil science, plant protection and food safety practices. Graduates of this program pursue careers in urban agriculture, horticultural enterprises and public education programs. Students can prepare for plant science graduate programs by taking additional courses.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will develop technical and knowledge-based skills in the required areas of study.
- Students will use technical and basic learned knowledge to collaborate, solve problems, and then articulate conclusions.
- Students shall develop effective communication skills and demonstrate the ability to present ideas with clarity to an appropriate audience.
- Students will connect and build relationships with external groups in the appropriate fields of study.
|Major Core Courses|
|ANSC101||Principles of Animal Science||3|
|ANSC103||Principles of Animal Science Laboratory||1|
|AREC250||Elements of Agricultural and Resource Economics||3|
|AREC||Restricted Elective 1||3|
|BSCI337||Biology of Insects||4|
|or BSCI497||Insect Pests of Ornamentals and Turf|
|Chemistry I - Fundamentals of General Chemistry|
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
|ENST200||Fundamentals of Soil Science||4|
|MATH113||College Algebra and Trigonometry||3|
|PLSC201||Plant Structure and Function||4|
|PLSC204||Fundamentals of Agricultural Mechanics||3|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Fundamentals of Agricultural Chemistry|
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
|PLSC420||Principles of Plant Pathology||4|
|PLSC460||Application of Knowledge in Plant Sciences||3|
|Select one of the following specializations:|
Students may take any course having the required hours in the area indicated.
|Agronomy Specialization Requirements|
|Accounting, Education, Computer Science or Policy||Restricted Elective||3|
|Principles of Ecology and Evolution|
and Principles of Ecology and Evolution Lab
|PLSC101||Introductory Crop Science||4|
|Environmental Horticulture Specialization|
|Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology|
and Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology Laboratory
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Principles of Soil Fertility|
|Cultural Management of Nursery and Greenhouse Systems: Substrates|
|Cultural Management of Nursery and Greenhouse Systems; Irrigation|
|Cultural Management of Nursery and Greenhouse Systems: Nutrients|
|PLSC203||Plants, Genes and Biotechnology||3|
|PLSC100||Introduction to Horticulture||4|
|PLSC303||Global Food Systems||3|
|PLSC432||Greenhouse Crop Production||3|
|PLSC433||Technology of Fruit and Vegetable Production||4|
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Undergraduate Research Experiences
Students are encouraged to take part in faculty mentored research. Please contact an advisor for more information.
Internships are a part of the required curriculum and can be readily arranged for students interested in private or government sector employment.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
The department sponsors student teams that participate in regional and national contests. These teams participate in competitions in the following areas: turf, weed and crop science, and landscape contracting.
Students enrolled in this major enjoy taking part in one or more of these teams.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
Several scholarships and awards are available to AGST students. Contact the Associate Dean's office at 301-405-2078 for additional information. The Department also maintains a listing of scholarships. For more information regarding these scholarships contact the Executive Administrative Assistant in the Chair's office in 2104A Plant Sciences, 301-405-4356.
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu.
The Department has mandatory faculty advising for each of its major and minor programs. Students are required to meet with their faculty advisor at least twice a year. See the Director, Dr. B. Phillips (301-405-1061), or Diana Cortez, Academic Advisor & Lecturer, in 2139 Plant Sciences Building (301-405-4359) for additional information.