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)
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)
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 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.
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
Requirements for the Major
**Students may take any course having the required hours in the area indicated.
Environmental Horticulture Specialization:
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 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.