BS Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences

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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate technical competence in their concentration by identifying the majority of globally important food, and/or ornamental plants and demonstrating applications of theoretical sciences to their production, maintenance and post-harvest handling.
  2. Effectively evaluate and adapt basic cultural practices, economic uses, and environmental interactions in the production of food, fiber, or ornamental plants.
  3. Assess and implement appropriate sustainable growing and/or horticultural design practices based on region and microclimate, especially as they relate to water, soil and other natural resources.
  4. Make informed and ethical decisions regarding environmental, social, and economic impacts of horticultural and agricultural activities and will contribute to their professions’ continued relevancy by identifying, evaluating and responding to changing public perceptions, governmental regulations and industry challenges.
  5. Practice a range of complex problem-solving exercises and excel in diagnosing and resolving plant health issues in outdoor and enclosed plant production systems.
  6. Organize, synthesize, evaluate, and reconfigure information about complex, multivariate, living systems to gain new insights and communicate their findings to multiple stakeholder groups clearly, scientifically, and ethically.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:
  • 60 units upper division
  • GWR
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major, support or concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

AEPS 101Orientation to Horticulture and Crop Science1
AEPS 120Principles of Horticulture and Crop Science4
AEPS 124Plant Propagation4
AEPS 304Introduction to Plant Breeding4
AEPS 313Agricultural Entomology4
AEPS 321Weed Biology and Management4
AEPS/BOT 323Plant Pathology4
AEPS 351Experimental Techniques and Analysis4
AEPS 410Crop Physiology4
AEPS 461Senior Project I2
AEPS 462Senior Project II2
BOT 121General Botany (B2 & B4) 14
SS 120Introductory Soil Science4
Concentration courses (see below)42-43
AGB 214Agribusiness Financial Accounting4
or BUS 212 Financial Accounting for Nonbusiness Majors
BRAE 340Irrigation Water Management (B7) 14
CHEM 127General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B3 & B4) 14
CHEM 128General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science II4
CHEM 312Survey of Organic Chemistry5
MATH 118Precalculus Algebra (B1) 14
Select from the following:4
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II
Elementary Spanish III
Elementary Hispanic Language and Culture (USCP)
SS 221Soil Health and Plant Nutrition4
STAT 218Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences (B1) 14
(See GE program requirements below.)52
Free Electives3-4
Total units180

Concentrations (select one)

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 20 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning (no additional units required)
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Major) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B7Upper-division elective (4 units in Support) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area DSociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D5Upper-division elective4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective4
Total units52