Plant Science, Minor
Department of Plant Science
John T. Bushoven, Ph.D., Chair
Agricultural Sciences Building, Room 222
Degrees and Programs Offered
BS in Plant Science, B.S.
MN in Plant Science, Minor
MS in Plant Science, M.S.
The Department of Plant Science at California State University, Fresno is located in the nation's most productive agricultural valley. Our graduates acquire a sound academic background that is deeply rooted in field-based experience in the broad array of disciplines within Plant Science. These include pomology, olericulture, agronomy, environmental horticulture, soils, irrigation, economic entomology, plant pathology, weed science, and mechanized agriculture. Our faculty hold advanced degrees in these disciplines, and regularly integrate this knowledge directly in the field and laboratories. The university's 1000 acre agricultural field laboratory, greenhouse facilities, and the Jordan Agricultural Research Center are home to cutting-edge horticultural and agronomic practices, using the latest innovations in crop production, mechanization, irrigation, soil fertility, propagation, and pest management.
Completion of a degree in Plant Science at California State University, Fresno is
your gateway to a career in agriculture. Our program is also designed to provide
the academic background for certification/licensing as an Irrigation Specialist, Certified
Irrigation Designer, Certified Arborist, California Certified Nursery Professional,
Certified Crop Adviser (CCA), Certified Professional Agronomist, Certified Entomologist,
CA Department of Pesticide Regulation Certification (Agricultural Pest Control Advisor
and Qualified Applicator), Certified Horticulturist, or for advanced studies in Plant
Sciences. Our graduates are sought after by many of the world's leading agricultural
industries and agencies and many have entered leading graduate (MS, Ph.D.) programs
Plant Science Minor Requirements
The 21 units of courses will constitute a basic background in plant science. The program is similar to the major core and provides students with an introduction to the broad spectrum of plant science. Other majors in the School of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, particularly the Agricultural Business and Education majors, require students to be knowledgeable of plant science in order to pursue their careers or teach the subjects of agricultural production. This minor would be a way in which students could acquire those courses they need and get credit for completing a program of study rather than only a series of courses.
Select from one of the following three prefix groups in Plant Science in consultation
with an academic advisor (9 units)
(at least 6 units must be upper division)
Group 1: PLANT (crop science, soils and water)
Group 2: PLANT (horticulture, ornamental horticulture), VIT (viticulture)
Group 3: PLANT (plant health)
Total (21 units)
*Course requires a prerequisite.
The Plant Sciences Minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.
The faculty members hold advanced degrees in their fields of specialization from leading agricultural institutions and universities in the United States. They are well-qualified teachers who, through extensive research and interaction with major agricultural industries, bring a wealth of basic and practical information into the classroom. A faculty academic adviser is assigned to work with each student to plan and design an individualized program of study to meet the student's educational and career objectives.
Many of the faculty members are involved in one or more of the Centers of the California Agricultural Technology Institute (Center for Irrigation Technology and the Viticulture and Enology Research Center) and the San Joaquin Experimental Range. These centers offer excellent opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students to participate in applied research projects that address and help solve problems faced by California's agricultural industry.
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