The School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences (SANS) has three academic departments:
Agriculture, Food and Resource 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, and the Masters degree is offered Food and Agricultural Sciences. The doctorate is offered in Food Science and Technology and in Toxicology. The Dean of the School is also the 1890 Agriculture Research Director of the UMES Agricultural Experiment Station (AES).
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 UMES by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Because of the annual appropriations, the research agenda and goals of the departments of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences and Human Ecology are aligned with those of the USDA and the Experiment Station Section (ESS) of the Association of the 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.
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 enviornment; and serve communities, families, and consumers.