Each of our Academic Departments and Professional Programs offer their own fields of study, and support their own research and extension activities. Visit their web sites to get in-depth information about each.
The Department of Animal and Avian Sciences was formed in 1997 through the merger of the Animal Science, Dairy Science and Poultry Science Departments. Animal science is the study of domesticated animals used for food, biomedical research and leisure.
The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland is a world-class academic unit specializing in the broad issues of the economics of agricultural, environmental and natural resources.
Environmental Science and Policy (ENSP) is a multi-disciplinary undergraduate major co-sponsored by the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Behavioral and Social Sciences; and Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. By combining a challenging multi-disciplinary program with practical experience, ENSP students gain an appreciation for the ways science, social systems, and policy interact; and are prepared to take leadership roles in responding to the world's emerging environmental challenges. Approximately half of ENSP students earn their degree from the College of AGNR.
ENST's primary mission is to educate students on the fundamentals of environmental science, while instilling a deep fascination and intellectual capacity to work in their chosen area of specialization, whether it's Natural Resources Management, Ecological Design, Soil and Watershed Science or Environmental Health.
The Department of Nutrition and Food Science offers degree programs for students interested in the dynamic and global food industry, public health and community nutrition sectors, health care, or biomedical research. NFSC's mission is improving food safety, diet, and health.
PSLA is a diverse department that focuses on plant biology at all levels of organization, from the molecular level, to the whole organism, to agricultural systems, and to natural and designed ecosystems.
The Department of Veterinary Medicine sponsors graduate degrees, research, and extension programs dedicated to improving the health of animals and the people of Maryland, the United States and the global community. VTMD is closely affiliated with the Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM).
Institutions of Professional Education
The Institute of Applied Agriculture offers 7 academic certificate programs that provide students with the entrepreneurial and technical skills needed to manage profitable agricultural enterprises including golf courses, boarding stables, sports fields, landscape companies and farming operations.
One of 28 colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States, the VMRCVM offers comprehensive educational programs, provides advanced clinical care for clients throughout the region, and conducts a variety of animal and biomedical research programs. Founded by the Virginia General Assembly in 1978, the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine is a regional professional school built upon the strong foundations of two of the nation's leading land-grant universities: Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park.