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.