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The AEPS Major

We have integrated the three separate degree programs of Crop Science, Fruit Science and Environmental Horticultural Science into a combined major, which will allow you to specialize in one of three concentrations during your freshman year: Environmental Horticultural ScienceFruit and Crop Science, or Plant Protection Science.

Working side by side with your professors, you'll be able to choose from a broad array of study options among the three concentrations. You'll be able to work and study in our fields, groves, vineyards, nurseries, orchards, arboretum and gardens, and greenhouses. You'll experience real world applications through internships and other collaborations with our industry partners. You'll also develop a foundational plant science background.

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, and enjoy some of the most beautiful California sunshine in the state.

We invite you to become another leader in the Horticulture and Crop Science industry and take it forward in the 21st century. After all, our department motto is Learn. Do. Lead. 

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.

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