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Plant Sciences

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science

Why study plants? Because we need them! We need plants for food, shelter, clothes, biofuels and to improve and beautify our environment. When you study plant sciences, you get hands-on experience with plants and agriculture, experience that can lead to a lucrative, rewarding career and a healthier planet for us all. The combination of science and practical experience prepares graduates to be innovators in sustaining agricultural productivity and environmental quality.

Major Requirements

Students in the plant sciences major will gain a solid foundation in the biological and physical sciences. This foundation is followed by advanced courses to develop an understanding of how plants obtain and utilize resources from their environment to sustain their growth and development.

Students will learn how genetics, management systems and environmental inputs influence crop development and productivity along with the technologies for post-harvest preservation and marketing of plant products.

The plant sciences major offers optional specializations in crop production; plant genetics and breeding; and postharvest biology and technology. Students in the major can also design an individual option to match specific interests or career goals in the plant sciences. This major offers valuable practical experience in the plant sciences through a combination of laboratory courses and internships, leading to successful careers in a wide variety of plant related fields.

Contact Information

Degree Outcomes


  • Agronomist
  • Farm operations manager
  • Farmer/rancher
  • Horticulturist
  • Pest control advisor
  • Plant breeder
  • Plant geneticist
  • Post-harvest technology manager
  • Precision agriculture specialist
  • Seed producer

Graduate Study

  • Horticulture and agronomy
  • Plant pathology
  • Plant biology
  • Agricultural science
  • Environmental science

Alumni Employers

  • Bayer
  • Marrone Bio Innovations
  • Driscoll's
  • United Genetics Seed Company
  • UC Davis
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