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Department of Plant Science
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The College of
Agricultural Sciences and Technology
ANDREW B. LAWSON, Chair
MARLENE MIYASAKI, Administrative Support Coordinator
Agriculture Building, Room 222
Andrew B. Lawson, Chair
Bruce A. Roberts, J.G. Boswell Chair of Agronomy
Sharon E. Benes, Co-Graduate Coordinator
John T. Bushoven, Co-Graduate Coordinator
James J. Farrar
Florence Cassel Sharma
Kent M. Daane
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
Join the leader in science, technology, and agricultural management. The Department of Plant Science offers plant science programs focused on agricultural production with options in crop production management or plant health.
Courses offered by the department in-tegrate physiology, soils and nutrition,
agronomic practices, plant health management, protection against plant pests,
ag marketing, and mechanization to provide students with a well-balanced
background for positions in plant/soil sciences, and crop production. In
addition, courses in areas such as microprop-a-ga-tion and plant improvement
provide students with a background for further studies in plant biotechnology.
Each degree option integrates departmental curricula with the basic sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics) and management skills to build a well-balanced foundation.
The irrigation program is augmented by the Center for Irrigation Technology and the newly created International Center for Water Technology.
For information about laboratory units and supervised projects, contact the department office.
It is the policy of the department that every student see his/her assigned adviser at least once during the academic year.
The courses offered within each of the disciplinary areas in the department
provide the required background and experience to qualify graduates of these
programs for many exciting, well-paying careers. For a list of career opportunities,
contact the department office.