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....Continue Reading >
Students in Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences begin with core courses that provide a thorough introduction to seven concentrations.Continue Reading >
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...Continue Reading >
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...Continue Reading >
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...Continue Reading >
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.
Learn more about the HCS Department at Cal Poly's Annual Open House on April 13 and 14, 2018. This annual event showcases the Cal Poly campus to new students, their families, and the community while offering a glimpse to life as a Mustang.