School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences

  • Food Science StudentsThe School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences (SANS) hosts three academic departments, the UMES Agricultural Experiment Station and the UMES Extension Program:

    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.

    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. 

    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. 

    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.

    The School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences (SANS) is unique among the academic schools at UMES in that its food and agricultural research programs receive annual federal formula funding through provisions of Public Law 89-106.  The fund is identified as the Evans-Allen Program under Section 1445 of the Farm Bill (PL95-113) and is appropriated to the UMES campus by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Because of these annual appropriations, the research agenda and goals of the departments of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, Human Ecology, and Natural Sciences are aligned with those of the USDA and the Experiment Station Section (ESS) of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Colleges (APLU).  The USDA also provides 1890 Land-Grants with the opportunity to compete for research, extension, and teaching capacity building grants, which strengthen research, extension and teaching in the food and agricultural sciences at these institutions.  Therefore, the aim of the UMES Agricultural Experiment Station is to provide enhanced knowledge and technology to improve the viability and sustainability of agriculture and food systems; enhance the quality of natural resources and the environment; and serve communities, families, and consumers.

    UMES Extension is an integral part of the U.S. Cooperative Extension System, which is operated through the nation’s Land-Grant University System in partnership with the federal and state and local governments.  Extension educators offer non-traditional, practical education to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build better futures.  UMES Extension is in the business of extending research-based knowledge and changing lives! 


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