Academic Departments

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.

AGNR Departments

Animal and Avian Sciences (ANSC)

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.

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Agricultural and Resource Economics

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.

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The Entomology Department maintains its historical focus on insects and their relatives, but its interests also span a diversity of subdisciplines, including ecology, aquatic biology, molecular and developmental biology, genetics, biological control of insects and weeds, systematics, evolutionary biology, integrated pest management, toxicology, and insect pathology.

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Environmental Science and Policy (ENSP)

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.

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Environmental Science and Technology (ENST)

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.

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Nutrition and Food Science

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.

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Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

PSLA is the home of the  Agricultural Science and Technology (Agronomy), Landscape Architecture and Plant Science majors as well as the Agricultural Education dual major. The Agricultural Science and Technology (Agronomy) major is a science based curriculum that allows students to obtain technological skills in agricultural science and production. The Landscape Architecture major trains students to become landscape architecture professionals who design and plan built environments that minimize impacts and restore natural ecosystems. The Plant Science major trains students in basic and applied plant biology. The Plant Science major contains concentrations in plant science (pathology, ecology, genetics, physiology and development), horticulture, landscape management, turfgrass management, and urban forestry.

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Veterinary Medical Sciences (VMSC)

The Veterinary Medical Sciences (VMSC) program offered through the Department of Veterinary Medicine (Vet Med) 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. The Department of Veterinary Medicine has a partnership with the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) to deliver the highest quality education and training to its students.

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Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA)

The Institute of Applied Agriculture offers eight 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.

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