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Orchards, Crops, Pest Management, Ornamentals

Learn. Do. Lead.

The Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences major at Cal Poly offers you an opportunity not just to learn, but learn-by-doing. Prepare to get your hands dirty, work outdoors and in our labs and greenhouses....

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Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences Major

New Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences Major

Students in Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences begin with core courses that provide a thorough introduction to seven concentrations.

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One Major... Specializing in thre Primary Areas.

SPECIALIZING IN SEVEN PRIMARY AREAS

Crop Science, Fruit Science, Greenhouse and Nursery Plant Production, Plant Protection Science, Public Horticulture, Sustainable Landscape Management and Design, and Turfgrass and Sports Field Management...

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Cal Poly Organic Farm

Cal Poly Organic Farm

The Cal Poly Organic Farm is an 11 acre production unit in the Horticulture and Crop Science Department that is certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) with the primary mission of providing...

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Cal Poly Organic Farm

Seed Our Future

Seed Your Future is a national initiative to promote horticulture as a vital, viable and exciting career path for the nation's youth. We envision a world where every U.S. student knows the meaning and importance of horticulture...

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Welcome to Horticulture & Crop Science

The Cal Poly Horticulture and Crop Science Department epitomizes the University's "learn-by-doing" approach to studying and mastering a field of expertise.

We specialize in the three primary areas of Environmental Horticultural Science, Fruit and Crop Science, and Plant Protection Science. The HCS Department instills a sense of the "real world," including the nature of jobs, salaries and how to advance in your chosen field.

Read the 2015 report, "Want a Job? Major in Agriculture," a joint report of the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Purdue University, which highlights the need for graduates in agriculture and the shortage of students majoring in fields related to plant science. Also, explore career opportunities at Seed Our Future, a joint effort of universities and the agricultural industry to support interest in and an appreciation for horticulture.

View a video by AEPS student, Grace Watson, in which she describes her Learn-by-Doing experiences in the Horticulture and Crop Science Department and how, as a part of that experience, she markets student-grown produce to local farmers' markets.

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