Plant Science - Plant Health Option, B.S.
Department of Plant Science
John T. Bushoven, Ph.D., Chair
Agricultural Sciences Building, Room 222
Degrees and Programs Offered
BS in Plant Science - Plant Health Option, B.S.
BS in Plant Science - Crop Production Mgt Option, 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
Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
Plant Science Major
Plant Health Option
Recommended curriculum for students interested in obtaining a Pest Control Advisor's license, or who are interested in plant biotechnology or pursuing a post-graduate degree in plant science.
- Choose one from SW 101, PLTH 104
- Choose 3 additional units from PLTH courses
- Select 15 units (minimum 9 upper division) from CRSC, HORT, OH, SW, VIT; PLANT 107, 108, 134
- Choose 2 units from PLANT 180, 190, 194, 196, or VIT 196
2. General Education requirements (49 units)
3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)
4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
5. Total units (120)*
* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. This total assumes that CHEM 3A and BIOL 11 are being used to satisfy 7 units of the G.E. requirement. See advisor for details.
- Students will be assisted in selecting an appropriate faculty advisor and be given the curriculum checksheet(s) from which to select a catalog year.
- Meet with your academic advisor prior to registration each semester.
- General Education courses designated as required by the department are prerequisites to many courses in the program of study. The General Education requirement of 49 units may be exceeded depending upon your selection of courses.
- CR/NC grading is not permitted for courses included in the major unless the course has been designated CR/NC grading only (PLANT 194).
- Grading policy: all prerequisites for courses listed under the major and additional requirements require a grade of C or better.
- Upper-division G. E. courses (i.e., 100-level courses) should not be attempted prior to the semester in which 60 lower-division units toward the degree have been completed.
- The upper-division writing skills requirement can be met by passing the university Upper-Division Writing Examination (UDWE) or by passing an approved upper-division writing skills course. One unit of credit (i.e., ENGL 100W) may be earned for passing the exam; 3 units of credit is earned by obtaining a letter grade of C or higher in an approved course, i.e., PLANT 110W. In either case, the requirement will have been met.
- One semester prior to graduation, con-tact your academic advisor to prepare and file any necessary course substitutions with the Degree Advising Office.
- Students interested in becoming Certified Professional Agronomists, Crop Scientists/Specialists or Soil Scientists/Specialists should consult with their department faculty advisor for additional requirements for certification.
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.
For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.
For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
The faculty pages are updated by the department or program.
B.S. in Plant Science - Plant Health
A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.
Please note: Roadmaps are not a guarantee of course availability.
If you are looking for archived roadmaps, please click here.
Located in the nation’s most productive agricultural valley, the Plant Science Department is ideally located to provide students with both a strong academic background and practical experience in plant science and production agriculture. Courses offered by the department integrate physiology, soils and nutrition, cultural practice, plant health, marketing, and mechanization to provide students with a well-balanced background for positions in plant science, crop production, soil sciences, agricultural mechanization, and plant health management/pest control.
In addition, courses in areas such as micropropagation, plant propagation, crop improvement, and aspects of crop productivity provide students with a background for further studies in plant biotechnology.
What You Can Earn
Starting salaries for plant science graduates are typically $45-60K annually, often with additional benefits such as company vehicles. Earning potential later in their careers is considerably higher.
Interesting Classes You Might Take
- Agricultural Machinery and Equipment
- Citrus and Subtropical Fruits
- Vegetable Production
- Greenhouse and Nursery Crop Production
- Integrated Pest Management
- Soil and Water Management
What You Can Learn
Students learn how to produce the food that feeds our world as well as how to protect our crops from losses due to pests.
About the College
The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology can offer you the education you will need to be a leader in agriculture and related sciences in the New California. We offer outstanding programs in the traditional areas of agriculture, including animal sciences, plant science, agricultural education, viticulture and agricultural business. And, we offer excellent programs in areas which are uniquely related to agriculture, including nutrition and dietetics, food science, enology, child development, family science, fashion merchandizing and industrial technology.
College Contact Information
Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
2415 E. San Ramon,
Fresno, CA 93740
Department Contact Information
The Department of Plant Science is located in the Agricultural Sciences Building, Room 222.
2415 East San Ramon Ave MS AS72
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, California USA 93740