THE COLLEGE OF
PRESERVE the planet
NURTURE the next generation
AT THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES (AGNR), thatâ€™s what we do. We start local. Our Terp Farm feeds hungry students, our algae scrubbers clean the Chesapeake Bay, and we combat obesity in schools across Maryland. But our goals are global. We share new techniques with farmers in the Middle East to address food insecurity. We develop new methods to protect threatened and endangered species. We discover new ways to prevent cancer through dietary choices.
ARE YOU READY TO DIG DEEP AND CREATE A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE?
BUILDING ON OUR
The nation which tills the soil so as to leave it worse than they found it, is doomed to decay and degradation… Shall we not have schools to teach men the way to feed, clothe, and enlighten the great brotherhood of man?” U.S. REP. JUSTIN SMITH MORRILL (R-VERMONT), AUTHOR OF THE 1862 MORRILL LAND-GRANT ACT
Since the University of Maryland’s founding a century and a half ago as the Maryland Agricultural College, the world’s population has exploded to more than 7 billion. That means our original goal as a land-grant institute—to provide an accessible education to meet the state’s pressing practical needs—is more relevant than ever. You’ll learn from faculty experts as they create new techniques and technologies to improve agricultural production while still protecting our natural resources and environment.
STEP UP—YOU COULD LEAD THE CHARGE IN TACKLING THE WORLD’S RESOURCE CHALLENGES.
It’s 3 a.m. on a Saturday. While your roommates are in bed, you’re camped out in the Campus Farm stables, prepping for the birth of a foal. Or maybe you’re spending an afternoon designing a rain garden, tending tomato plants on a green roof on campus, or blowing up food to learn about its nutritional content. You can also head inside, where faculty members welcome undergraduates into their labs, to conduct research on sulfur levels in soil or explore how to convert waste into fuel. An off-campus internship might find you wading through wetlands to collect plant samples for Maryland’s Department of the Environment, or working
with endangered species at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo to create effective new methods of artificial insemination. If policy’s your passion, take the Metro to Washington, D.C., to help members of Congress draft farm bills or to promote food safety at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Whether it’s medical, law or veterinary school; a farm out West; the Peace Corps in South America; or a nonprofit or government agency,
ALL THESE EXPERIENCES WILL GET YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.
1856 UMD is founded as the
362 FULL-TIME FACULTY
awarded to students
ANNUALLY THROUGH SCHOLARSHIPS
25% OF STUDENTS study abroad
Argentina Australia China Costa Rica Denmark France Ghana Germany Ireland Israel Italy Japan Kenya Korea Netherlands New Zealand Peru Sweden Taiwan Tanzania United Kingdom
You’ve got opportunities from the ground up—and sometimes down. Join our award-winning soil judging team, and never call it just “dirt” again. Become a member of the Maryland Equestrian Club, a studentrun organization that oversees the campus equine herd, including its daily care, training and retirement. Reshape campus as a member of the Student American Society of Landscape Architects and turn a parking lot into a temporary park. Our reach extends across the state: The college runs four research centers in distinctly different climates, where faculty and students work with our full dairy herd or grow grapes for wine production. Or go farther—we’ve got study abroad programs on nearly every continent. Survey French agriculture and live in a homestay in Angers; examine biodiversity in Taiwan; or study sustainable tropical ecosystems in Costa Rica.
TO SAVE THE WORLD, FIRST SEE THE WORLD.
SMALL COMMUNITY, BIG
AT AGNR, YOU’LL FIND ALL THE PERKS OF ONE OF THE NATION’S BEST PUBLIC RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES, AS WELL AS A TIGHT-KNIT COMMUNITY INSIDE THE COLLEGE.
With a faculty-to-student ratio of 12:1, you’ll always have the dedicated attention of our world-class professors, whether they’re advising you on a career path, leading a lively classroom debate or guiding you in a lab. We’re one of the few examples of an urban land-grant university—we’re located just eight miles from the nation’s capital—with a working farm right in the heart of campus, so you can live in a residence hall and keep an eye on a pregnant ewe. Through fun events like Ag Day and the Maryland State Fair, as well as tailgates, service trips and more, you’ll bond with faculty members and fellow students.
If you want to become part of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, we want to help make that happen, through about $450,000 in scholarships offered annually by the college and individual departments. Visit agnr.umd. edu/students/scholarships to learn more.
AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS
ANIMAL AND AVIAN SCIENCES
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
(AREC) Whether you want a career in environmental policy, agribusiness or economics, AREC’s research- and data-driven curriculum will give you the foundation you need. Tackle real-world problems through applied economics classes and research opportunities in this top-three-ranked program—even as a freshman—with faculty studying major issues like climate change’s impacts and adaptation; the economics of land, energy and water resources; and computer use in agriculture. arec.umd.edu
As an ANSC student, you’ll work with horses, sheep, cows and more at the Campus Farm, with opportunities to investigate beyond the traditional areas of animal science, such as researching methods to preserve genetic diversity in endangered species. With concentrations in animal care and management, equine studies, laboratory animal management, animal biotechnology, as well as pre-professional tracks, you’ll be equipped to take on a wide range of careers, including as a veterinarian or doctor. ansc.umd.edu
If you’re passionate about solving the world’s environmental challenges, ENSP can put you on that path. You’ll learn from experts in areas including soil and watershed science, environmental health and ecology. With support from three colleges (AGNR, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences), you’ll gain a strong scientific background as well as a deep understanding of policymaking at all levels of government. ensp.umd.edu
As people farm, log and fish to support an ever-growing population, they can strain ecosystems—and in turn, human health. ENST students learn not only the science behind these impacts but also how to develop solutions. Your classroom will extend from wetlands to wastewater treatment plants to forests, with opportunities to join a nationally recognized soil judging team, work in the Chesapeake Bay and clean local streams. enst.umd.edu
NUTRITION AND FOOD SCIENCE
PLANT SCIENCE AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
(PSLA) Whether you want to promote healthy eating patterns or better understand the complex materials people ingest each day, NFSC offers a concentration for you. Through dietetics, food science or nutritional science, your coursework prepares you to tackle the dynamic and global food industry, public health, biomedical research or health care. You might go on to create lifesaving treatments as a doctor, develop the next great drink for Honest Tea or provide nutritional advice that leads an NFL team to victory. nfsc.umd.edu
Create a more sustainable world through PSLA, supplementing your curriculum with opportunities to combat sea level change and solve storm water issues and install green walls around campus. Through three distinct majors—landscape architecture, plant science, and agricultural science and technology—you’ll develop the knowledge and skills to do everything from managing a golf course to farming to designing more livable communities. psla.umd.edu
TERP FARM PRODUCED
6,800+ pounds of produce
FOR CAMPUS IN ITS FIRST 10 MONTHS
32% of students participate
IN A LIVING AND LEARNING
MAJORS & CONCENTRATIONS
AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
• Biodiversity and conservation biology • Environmental geosciences and
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
• Animal biotechnology
• Ecological technology design
• Animal care and management
• Environmental health
• Combined ag-veterinary medicine
• Natural resources management
• Equine studies
• Soil and watershed science
• Laboratory animal management
• Sciences pre-professional
NUTRITION AND FOOD SCIENCE:
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLICY:
• Environment and agriculture • Environmental economics • Soil, water and land resources • Wildlife ecology and management • Environmental politics and policy • Global environmental change • Land use • Marine and coastal management
• Food science • Nutritional science
PLANT SCIENCES: • Horticulture and crop production • Landscape management • Turf and golf course management • Urban forestry • Plant science
• Society and environmental issues
The Institute of APPLIED AGRICULTURE (IAA) This two-year academic certificate program provides you with entrepreneurial and technical skills to manage profitable agricultural enterprises. IAA offers eight areas of study, including the popular sustainable agriculture and golf course management programs. iaa.umd.edu
AGRICULTURE FORWARD at Maryland You can earn both the IAA certificate and a bachelor’s degree in four years. Apply directly to the IAA program, then transfer into the four-year program after completing 30 credits (typically one year). go.umd.edu/AgForward
Virginia-Maryland REGIONAL COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE UMD is one of three campuses of this professional veterinary college, which offers master’s and doctoral degrees, including a four-year program leading to a doctorate in veterinary medicine. vetmed.vt.edu
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NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY The University of Maryland affirms its commitments to a policy of eliminating discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, or on the basis of the exercise of rights secured by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
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