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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Agricultural Science and Technology (AGST)

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
2139 Plant Sciences Building, 301-405-4359
Chair: A. Murphy (Prof & Chair)
Director: B. Phillips (Asst Clin Prof)

The Major

Agricultural Sciences and Technology is a science based curriculum that allows students to obtain technological skills in a broad area of agricultural studies. Agricultural Sciences and Technology students are required to take courses in Plant Science, Agricultural Economics, Animal Sciences, Environmental Science and Technology, and Pest Management. The high number of restricted and non-restricted electives in this curriculum allows students the flexibility to develop an academic program compatible with their personal interests and goals. 

In addition to offering this curriculum, 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). These programs are described elsewhere in the catalog under "Plant Sciences" and "Landscape Architecture."

Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronyms:  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

ANSC101Principles of Animal Science 3
ANSC220Livestock Management 3
ANSC340Health Management of Animal Populations, OR 3-4 
  PLSC420Principles of Plant Pathology  
AREC250Elements of Agricultural and Resource Economics 3
BSCI105 Principles of Biology I  4
BSCI106 Principles of Biology II, OR  
  PLSC201 Plant Structure and Function  4
BSCIBSCI**Insect Pest Type Course 3
CHEM104Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry
CHEM131/132General Chemistry I and Lab 4
ENST200Fundamentals of Soil Science
MATH113MATH 113 or higher 3
PLSC389Internship 3
PLSC398Seminar 1
PLSC101Introductory Crop Science 4
PLSC453 Weed Science  3
 PLSC, ANSC, or LARC** 3
 Accounting, Education, Computer, or Policy 3
 General Education and General Agricultural Program Requirements  
ELECTElectives 20-21

**Students may select any course(s) having required hours in the area indicated.


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 Program Management Specialist in Undergraduate Studies in 2139 Plant Sciences Building (301-405-4359) for additional information.


Internships can be readily arranged for students interested in private sector employment. Internships with scientists are also available at nearby federal and state agencies.

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.

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