Go to content

Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Agricultural Science and Technology (AGST)

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
2139 Plant Sciences Building, 301-405-4359
www.psla.umd.edu
dcortez@umd.edu
Chair: A. Murphy (Prof & Chair)
Director: B. Phillips (Asst Clin Prof)
Professors: S. Cohan (Clin Prof, Lecturer), J. Culver (Prof, Affiliate Prof), J. Sullivan (Prof, Lecturer, Affiliate Prof), C. Walsh (Prof)
Associate Professors: S. Xiao (Assoc Prof)
Assistant Professors: C. Swett (Asst Prof)

The Major

The 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.

Agronomy

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. Graduates will be prepared to work in the agricultural industry in agricultural extension, management, marketing, regulatory, support services, teaching, etc.  Students in this specialization may take coursework in a program designed to prepare them to teach high school agriculture.

Environmental Horticulture

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.

The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture offers two other undergraduate degrees:  the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Plant Sciences and the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA).

Courses offered by this department are under:  PLSC and LARC.

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.

Requirements for the Major

Both specializations:

 

 

Credits

ANSC101

Principles of Animal Science

3

ANSC103

Principles of Animal Science Laboratory

1

AREC250

Elements of Agricultural and Resource Economics

3

AREC**

Restrictive Elective

3

BSCI337 or

Biology of Insects

4

BSCI497

Insects of Ornamentals and Turf

CHEM131/132

Chemistry I – Fundamentals of General Chemistry and Laboratory

4

ENST200

Fundamentals of Soil Science

4

MATH113

College Algebra with Applications

3

PLSC201

Plant Structure and Function

4

PLSC204

Fundamentals of Agricultural Mechanics

3

PLSC275 or

Agricultural Chemistry

3-4

CHEM231/232

Organic Chemistry and Laboratory

PLSC389

Internship

3

PLSC420

Plant Pathology

4

PLSC453

Weed Science

3

PLSC460

Application of Knowledge in Plant Sciences

3

Total

 

48-49

**Students may take any course having the required hours in the area indicated.

Agronomy Specialization:

 

 

Credits

Accounting, Education, Computer Science or Policy

Restrictive Elective

3

ANSC

Elective

3

ANSC220

Livestock Management

3

ANSC/PLSC/LARC

Elective

3

BSCI160&161

Principles of Ecology and Evolution and Laboratory

4

ENST

Elective

3

PLSC101

Introduction to Crop Science

4

PLSC

Elective

3

Agronomy Specialization Requirements

26

Core Major Requirements

48-49

Additional General Education Requirements

24-30

Electives

15-22

Total

120

Environmental Horticulture Specialization:

 

 

Credits

BSCI170&171

Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Laboratory

4

ENST411 or

Principles of Soil Fertility

3/4

PLSC461,462,463,464

Cultural Management of Nursery and Greenhouse Systems (Substrates, Irrigation, Surface Water, Nutrients)

PLSC203

Plants, Genes and Biotechnology

3

PLSC100

Introduction to Horticulture

4

PLSC271

Plant Propagation

3

PLSC303

International Crop Production

3

PLSC400

Environmental Plant Physiology

4

PLSC432

Greenhouse Crop Production

3

PLSC433

Technology of Fruit and Vegetable Crop Production

4

Environmental Horticulture Specialization

31-32

Core Major Requirements

48-49

Additional General Education Requirements

24-30

Electives

9-17

Total

120

 

Advising

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 the Coordinator of Academic Programs in 2139 Plant Sciences Building (301-405-4359) for additional information.

Undergraduate Research Experiences

Students are encouraged to take part in faculty mentored research. Please contact an advisor for more information.

Internships

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 Jessica Trotta in 2102 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.

Return to top