Plant Science

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The Bakersfield College Plant Science program is a comprehensive program that provides students with a solid foundation in the principles of plant biology and agricultural production. This two-year program includes courses in plant anatomy, plant physiology, soil science, pest management, and irrigation systems, among others. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through laboratory work. Graduates with the Plant Science Associates Degree and students earning a Certificate of Achievement are equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a variety of careers in the plant science industry, such as crop management, greenhouse management, and agricultural research.

plant scientist with clipboard in greenhouseWhat is Plant Science?

Plant science is a branch of biology that focuses on the study of plants, including their structure, function, growth, reproduction, and interactions with the environment. It encompasses a broad range of topics, from the molecular and cellular mechanisms of plant growth and development to the ecology and evolution of plant communities. Plant scientists use a variety of tools and techniques to study plants, including genetics, genomics, biochemistry, microscopy, and field observations. The knowledge gained from plant science research is applied to a variety of fields, including agriculture, forestry, horticulture, biotechnology, and environmental conservation.

Is Plant Science right for Me?

A Plant Science associate degree is an excellent choice for individuals who are interested in the study of plants and have a passion for agriculture, horticulture, or environmental conservation. It is also a great fit for those who enjoy working outdoors and are interested in pursuing a career in a plant-related field. The program is designed for students who want to gain a solid understanding of plant biology, crop production, and agricultural techniques, as well as those who are interested in pursuing further studies in plant science. Graduates of the program are well-prepared for careers in crop management, greenhouse management, research, and more.

Here are some key traits and skills that would make someone a good fit for studying Plant Science:

  1. Curiosity and a passion for learning about plant life and the natural world
  2. Strong observation and analytical
  3. Good communication skills
  4. Strong problem-solving skills
  5. Attention to detail
  6. Physical stamina and ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  7. Patience and persistence to work through challenges and
  8. Time management and organizational skills to balance coursework, research projects, and fieldwork
  9. Ethical and environmental

Plant Science Degrees and Certificates

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This program is designed for the plant science student who is interested in transferring to a CSU after graduation. The student may emphasize either the horticultural or crop production aspects of plant science including studies of soils, plant propagation, plant identification, plant pest control, and irrigation.
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This program provides instruction in the planting, growing, harvesting, and marketing of field, forage, and vegetable crops as well as irrigated and range pasture crops.
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This program provides instruction in the planting, growing, harvesting, and marketing of field, forage, and vegetable crops as well as irrigated and range pasture crops.
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This Edible Education Garden Certificate of Completion covers the fundamentals of edible gardening to advanced garden management practices.
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Careers in Plan Science

  1. Agricultural Technician: Agricultural technicians work alongside farmers and ranchers to help with crop production and animal care. They might collect and analyze soil and water samples, monitor crop growth, and assist with the management of pests and diseases.
  2. Greenhouse Manager: Greenhouse managers oversee the operations of a greenhouse facility, including plant production, pest management, and crop scheduling. They might also be responsible for managing staff, budgets, and equipment.
  3. Nursery Manager: Nursery managers oversee the production and sales of plants for gardens, landscaping, and other applications. They might be responsible for managing staff, selecting plant varieties, and ensuring that plants are healthy and well-cared for.
  4. Park Ranger: Park rangers work to protect and maintain natural areas such as parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. They might conduct tours, provide information to visitors, and monitor wildlife and plant populations.
  5. Research Technician: Research technicians work in labs and field settings to assist with scientific research projects. In plant science, they might assist with studies on plant growth, development, genetics, and ecology.
  6. Crop Consultant: Crop consultants provide advice and support to farmers and agricultural businesses. They might offer recommendations on crop selection, pest management, and irrigation practices.
  7. Agricultural Sales Representative: Agricultural sales representatives sell products such as seeds, fertilizers, and equipment to farmers and other agricultural businesses. They might work for manufacturers, distributors, or retailers.
  8. Plant Breeder: Plant breeders work to develop new plant varieties that are more productive, resistant to pests and diseases, and better suited to specific growing conditions. They might work for government agencies, universities, or private companies.
  9. These careers offer a range of options for someone with a Plant Science associate degree, from hands-on work with plants to research and consulting roles.
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Beyond BC

Transfer to a University

Graduates with an Associate Degree from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Agriculture

Career & Learning Pathway: Agriculture Nutrition Culinary Arts (ANCA)

Courses: Agriculture (AGRI), Crop Science (CRPS), Ornamental Horticulture (ORNH), and Soils (SOIL)

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