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AG Plant Science AS-Transfer
Agriculture Plant Science Associate of Science for Transfer Degree (AS-T)
Transfer to Cal Poly Pomona or other CSUs such as CSU Chico. Possible career paths include:
- Plant Breeder
- Associate Scientist
- Pest Control Advisor
- Plant Propagator
- Greenhouse Manager
This degree is intended for students transferring to a California State University campus. It is not a requirement for transfer but may give students an admission advantage at some CSU campuses. Not all CSU campuses accept this degree as fulfillment of lower-division major requirements. Students should meet with a counselor to determine if this degree is a good option for them. Information on which CSU campuses accept this degree can be found at SB 1440-Associate Degrees for Transfer.
The AS-T in Agriculture Plant Science is an interdisciplinary degree that includes coursework in plant and soil science, chemistry, economics, and statistics. Students will be introduced to a broad range of topics including plant propagation, conducting research, conservation practices, basic laboratory skills, ornamental horticulture, and plant breeding and biotechnology. This program is formative for students interested in working in the ornamental horticulture or farming industries. The goal of this degree is to provide students with a basic understanding of the field of plant science and a strong academic foundation in this field of endeavor from which to engage in upper division coursework at a California State University campus. The Associate of Science Degree prepares students to continue their education at the California State University campus leading to a baccalaureate degree.
Associate in Science in Agriculture Plant Science for Transfer Degree (AS-T in Agriculture Plant Science) is intended for students who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in Plant Science at a CSU campus. Students completing the AS-T degree in Agriculture Plant Science are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not necessarily to a particular CSU campus or major of their choice. Students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements as this AS-T in Agriculture Plant Science may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a college or university that is not part of the CSU system.
To complete the degree, students must fulfill the following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements (pursuant to SB1440):
- Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to a California State University.
- The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum(IGETC) or the California State University General Education -Breadth Requirements.
- A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
- Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
- A grade of "C" or better (or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis) in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, students will:
- Apply knowledge of chemical reactions in the soil and biological pathways to plant nutrition problems.
- Apply the fundamentals of biotechnology and plant genetics to address food security challenges in the context of a growing population.
- Utilize plant propagation techniques such as micro-propagation, grafting, budding, and propagation from seeds and cuttings.
- Research using basic laboratory and field data collection techniques, analyze data, and interpret graphs, charts, figures, and the significance of scientific results.
- Manage greenhouse, landscape, and field crops using economics, soil science, and horticultural principles.
Major - Required courses
- CHEM 101: General Chemistry I (5 units)
- ECON 001: Principles of Economics I (3 units)
- MATH 227: Statistics (4 units)
- PLNT SC 103: Introduction to Soil Science (3 units)
- PLNT SC 711: Introduction to Plant Science (3 units)
- PLNT SC 714: Principles of Horticulture (3 units)
- PLNT SC 757: Plant Propagation and Production (3 units)
Major - Total Units 24
General Education - Required coursesStudents must complete one of the following General Education Plans:
- LACCD GE not available with this major
- CSU GE CSU GE Breadth Certification Plan (39 units)
- IGETC Intersegmental GE Transfer Curriculum (37 units)