Agricultural Science & Technology
Agricultural Sciences and Technology (AGST) is a major in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences that is designed to develop students in to becoming well-rounded agricultural scientists. Students take courses in Animal Science, Crop Science, Soil Science, Agricultural Economics, Pest Management, and Agricultural Engineering. This major has many open electives that will allow the student to design their own curriculum and to develop depth of knowledge in areas that meet their future goals.
Degree Earned: Bachelor's
Programs of Study
Agronomy students will be educated in a broad range of agricultural disciplines which will provide them with a comprehensive education in crop, soil and animal sciences. Here at the University of Maryland, the focus of the program will be for students to gain a sustainable perspective of agronomy. Students will take a holistic approach to the design of their course work. This approach will integrate the science of agronomy by taking courses in Animal Science, Crop Science, Soil Science, Agricultural Economics and Pest Management.
The Environmental Horticulture specialization (Formerly Plant Sciences: Horticulture and Crop Production) is designed to lead students toward becoming an owner-operator or a manager in fields such as: environmental horticulture; greenhouse management; container nursery production; fresh fruit and vegetable production; and plant protection. For students who have a strong interest in education, numerous possibilities for rewarding careers also exist in agricultural extension, public gardens, and ornamental horticulture.
Agricultural Education is a University of Maryland program that is a cooperative effort of the College of Agriculture and Natural resources and the College of Education. It is designed to prepare students to teach agriculture and related subjects in high school. Many high schools in Maryland and other states offer an agricultural curriculum that is associated with the Future Farmers of America (FFA). There are two paths that students can take in preparation for a career as a high school agriculture teacher. Students can double major in Agricultural Science and Technology (AGST) and Secondary Education or students can earn a B.S. degree in AGST and a M.A. degree in education.