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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: 2019-20

Required Courses Units
PLSC 203 Organic Enterprise Project
or PLSC 205 Orchard and Vegetable Enterprise Project
or PLSC 212 Environmental Horticulture Enterprise Project I
or PLSC 312 Environmental Horticulture Enterprise Project II
or PLSC 333 Greenhouse Vegetable Production
PLSC 327 Vertebrate Pest Management 4
PLSC 406 Advanced Weed Management 4
PLSC 427 Disease and Pest Control systems for Ornamental Plants 4
PLSC 431 Insect Pest Management 4
PLSC 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
PLSC 132 Pomology I 4
PLSC 133 Pomology II 4
PLSC 150 Forage Crops 4
PLSC 175 Beekeeping 4
PLSC 190 California Vegetable Production 4
PLSC 200 Special Problems for Undergraduates 1-2
PLSC 240 Commercial Seed Production 4
PLSC/BRAE 244 Precision Farming 4
PLSC 245 Horticultural Production Techniques 3
PLSC 334 Greenhouse Vegetable Enterprise Project 2
PLSC 339 Internship in Horticulture and Crop Science 1-4
PLSC 340 Principles of Greenhouse Environment 4
PLSC 341 Cut Flower Production 4
PLSC 342 Potted Plant Production 4
PLSC 343 Turfgrass Management 4
PLSC 355 Citrus and Avocado Fruit Production 4
PLSC 400 Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates 1-4
PLSC 420 Organic Crop Production Systems 4
PLSC 421 Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops 4
PLSC 445 Cropping Systems 4
PLSC 450 Current Issues in the Strawberry Industry 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/PLSC 331 Advanced Viticulture - Fall
or WVIT 332 Advanced Viticulture - Winter
or WVIT 333 Advanced Viticulture - Spring

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