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Departments and Affiliated Units

  • The School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences (SANS) has three academic departments:  Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences; Human Ecology; and Natural Sciences.

    Undergraduate programs in pre-veterinary medicine, plant and soil science, animal and poultry science, agribusiness, agricultural studies, nutrition, dietetics, fashion merchandising, early child development, family and consumer sciences, biology, chemistry, and environmental science are representative of the School's varied curricula. Graduate programs, at both the masters and doctoral levels, are offered in marine estuarine and environmental sciences (M.S., Ph.D.) food and agricultural sciences (M.S.), food science and technology (Ph.D.), and toxicology (Ph.D.).  Strong research and extension programs are integrated with the school's academic programming.



    Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences

    The Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Sciences provides experiential learning opportunities through state-of-the-art research, education, and farm facilities.  Consequently, students are prepared for careers in veterinary medicine, animal management and production, agricultural education, plant breeding and biotechnology, greenhouse and nursery management, landscape design, water quality, nutrient management, food and fiber processing, natural resource sciences, food safety, marketing and management, international trade and development, urban forestry, and economic research.  The department offers two undergraduate degrees in agribusiness and general agriculture.  Graduate degree programs are offered at the master's level for food and agricultural sciences and at the doctoral level for food science and technology.


    Department of Human Ecology

    The Department of Human Ecology provides exemplary education, outreach, and research programs that are integrative and ecologically focused. Faculty are actively involved in professional organizations, ensuring that the curricula are progressive and applicable. State-of-the-art labs provide hands-on experiences for students in textiles, apparel construction, nutrition and dietetics, and child development. The department offers an undergraduate degree program in human ecology with options in the following areas: child development, dietetics, nutrition, family and consumer sciences, family and consumer sciences education, and fashion merchandising.


    Department of Natural Sciences

    The Department of Natural Sciences offers programs for students majoring in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and environmental science as well as minors in biology, chemistry, and physics.  Teaching programs are offered in biology and chemistry, which is certified by the American Chemical Society. The department also offers a two-year pre-pharmacy program, with minor concentrations in biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics. In cooperation with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies (CEES), combined four-year bachelor of science/five-year master of science degree programs in marine sciences and environmental chemistry are available.  Courses leading to masters and doctoral degrees in toxicology along with a university-wide graduate program in marine-estuarine-environmental sciences are offered as well. 


    Affiliated Units

    Agricultural Experiment Station


    Agricultural Experiment Station - a unit within the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences (SANS) that conducts research that is broadly divided into the following areas: Environmental Quality, Sustainable Agriculture, Human Health and Safety, and Food Science. The research conducted through the Experiment Station provides valuable opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to work closely with faculty on projects of regional, national and international importance.

    Center for Food Science and Technology

    Center for Food Science and Technology - features laboratories, offices, processing facilities, classrooms, a library, a computer room and a large Animal Exhibition Hall. Laboratories for Food Microbiology, Food Safety, Food Quality, Food Chemistry, Food Processing, Sensory Evaluation and others provide excellent infrastructure to do research related to the safety and quality of foods. Modern classrooms with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment support quality teaching and offers space for workshops and similar outreach activities.  The food science and technology team assists companies in product development and conducts research leading to the value-added processing of underused raw materials or wastes.

    Child & Family Development Center

    Child and Family Development Center (CFDC) - licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care for one hundred two children ages six weeks through school age. The center encourages each child to develop an individual learning style which compliments the child's personal desires, interests and needs. We are committed to facilitating each child's cognitive, physical, social and emotional growth within a proactive environment. The CFDC is a self-supporting program. Funding is derived from family tuition and fees, Purchase of Child Care payments and grants. 

    Faculty Technology Development and Support Center

    Faculty Technology Development and Support Center (SANS Center)- provides technology-related support to enhance instruction, research, and outreach programs for the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences.


    Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center

    Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center - conducts research congruent with the interests of NOAA Fisheries and prepares students for careers in research, management, and public policy that supports the sustainable harvest and conservation of the nation's living marine resources.


    Paul S. Sarbanes Coastal Ecology Center

    Paul S. Sarbanes Coastal Ecology Center- a teaching, research, and public outreach facility that houses initiatives related to the restoration, conservation, and understanding of the water quality, surrounding natural environments, and living resources that characterize the coastal bays.