California's Top Agricultural Commodities

1. Almonds
2. Grapes
3. Berries and Strawberries
4. Walnuts
5. Lettuce
6. Hay Forages
7. Tomatoes
8. Nursery Crops
9. Flowers and Foliage
10. Pistachios
11. Broccoli
12. Rice
13. Oranges
14. Cotton
15. Carrots
16. Celery
17. Peppers
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The AEPS Major: Plant Protection Science Concentration

HCS Plant Protection Science Information and Course Requirements

In the Plant Protection Science concentration, students learn a broad range of pest management subjects including entomology, plant pathology, weed control and vertebrate pests. Approximately one-third of the world's food crops are destroyed each year by insects, rodents, diseases and other pests. Finding ways to reduce these losses is the challenge of the plant protection specialist. In this concentration, students learn a broad range of pest management subjects including entomology, plant pathology and weed control. Students develop an understanding of crop production principles, ecology, biotechnology, pesticide toxicology and environmental science. As environmental regulations continue to increase, employment opportunities will grow for those holding professional licenses, and this concentration prepares students to take the California Pest Control Advisor (PCA) and Certified Crop Advisor license.

Plant Protection Science Concentration: 2017-19

Required Courses Units
AEPS 202 Fruit Enterprise Project
or AEPS 204 Vegetable Enterprise Project
or AEPS 212 Environmental Horticulture Enterprise Project I
or AEPS 312 Environmental Horticulture Enterprise Project II
or AEPS 402 Fruit Enterprise Project Management
or AEPS 403 Organic Enterprise Project Management
or AEPS 404 Vegetable Enterprise Project Management
AEPS 327 Vertebrate Pest Management 4
AEPS 406 Advanced Weed Management 4
AEPS 427 Disease and Pest Control systems for Ornamental Plants 4
AEPS 431 Insect Pest Management 4
AEPS 441 Biological Control for Pest Management 4
Total: 22
Approved Electives: 20
Total Units in Concentration: 42
Approved Electives: Consultation with advisor is recommended prior to selecting approved electives; bear in mind your selections may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals. 20
AEPS 132 Pomology I 4
AEPS 133 Pomology II 4
AEPS 150 Forage Crops 4
AEPS 175 Beekeeping 4
AEPS 190 California Vegetable Production 4
AEPS 240 Commercial Seed Production 4
AEPS/BRAE 244 Precision Farming 4
AEPS 245 Horticultural Production Techniques 3
AEPS 333 Greenhouse Vegetable Production 2
AEPS 339 Internship in Horticulture and Crop Science 1-4
AEPS 340 Principles of Greenhouse Environment 4
AEPS 341 Cut Flower Production 4
AEPS 342 Potted Plant Production 4
AEPS 343 Turfgrass Management 4
AEPS 355 Citrus and Avocado Fruit Production 4
AEPS 421 Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops 4
AEPS 445 Cropping Systems 4
CHEM 313 Survey of Biochemistry and Biotechnology 5
FSN 275 Elements of Food Safety 4
MCRO 221 Microbiology 4
WVIT 233 Basic Viticulture 4
WVIT/AEPS 331 Advanced Viticulture - Fall
or WVIT 332 Advanced Viticulture - Winter
or WVIT 333 Advanced Viticulture - Spring