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Plant Science

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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. Students work with soil samplesSee also Environmental Horticulture.

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Plant science is the basic discipline behind all crop production. Plant scientists go on to become crop production specialists, plant breeders, pest control advisors, seed specialists, and fertilizer and chemical representatives to name just a few careers in the discipline.

California is the number one agricultural state in the U.S. and Kern County is one of the most productive counties in the state, so your opportunities here in this field are limitless.


Classes

CRPS B1 Principles of Crop Production

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06 and writing level 06.
Description: Fundamental practices for field, vegetable, tree, and vine crops; basic botany, classification of plants, soils, seeding, fertilizers, irrigation, pest control, and harvest plus specific practices for crops grown in the San Joaquin Valley. Students who have previously successfully completed the course may repeat when needed for State mandated pest control license. Students must obtain a special override from the Office of Admissions and Records in the Administration building.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges; BC GE B.1

CRPS B2 Forage Crops

3 units
Description: Study of important forage crops of California and the nation; species, varieties, adaptations, production methods, feeding qualities, and processing.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

CRPS B3 Integrated Pest Management

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06 and writing level 06.
Description: Fundamental principles of pest control and management in commercial agriculture. Includes pest identification, pestilence diagnosis, and methods of chemical, physical, and biological control. Students who have previously successfully completed the course may repeat when needed for State mandated pest control license. Students must obtain a special override from the Office of Admissions and Records in the Administration building. Field trips required.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

CRPS B4 Vegetable Production

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06 and writing level 06.
Description: Principles and practices of vegetable crop production. Methods used in seeding, propagation and culture of vegetables and the application of the principles underlying vegetable production techniques.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges

CRPS B5 Plant Science
3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06 and writing level 06.
Description: This course is designed to provide the students with a working knowledge of the fundamental structures and processes of plants. Principles to be applied cover plant structures, physiology, heredity, environmental relationship to growth, adaptation, and management of crops. Techniques of research, exploration of plant growth, and identification of economical crops will be included.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
C-ID: AG-PS 104
Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges; IGETC 5B, 5C; CSU GE B.2, B.3; BC GE B.1

CRPS B5 Plant Science
3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06 and writing level 06.
Description: This course is designed to provide the students with a working knowledge of the fundamental structures and processes of plants. Principles to be applied cover plant structures, physiology, heredity, environmental relationship to growth, adaptation, and management of crops. Techniques of research, exploration of plant growth, and identification of economical crops will be included.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
C-ID: AG-PS 104
Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges; IGETC 5B, 5C; CSU GE B.2, B.3; BC GE B.1

CRPS B48WE Occupational Work Experience

1-8 units
Prerequisites: Declared major or occupational goal and evaluation of student’s qualifications and objectives.
Description: College credit for crop science related learning experiences obtained on the job in accordance with a training plan developed cooperatively between the employer, college, and student. Occupational work experience credit may accrue at the rate of 1 to 8 units per semester for a total of sixteen units, and students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit. Repetition allowed per Title 5 55253.
Hours: Non-paid 60 hours for each 1 unit (60 - 480). Paid 75 hours for each 1 unit (75 - 600).
Transferable: CSU and private colleges.

SOIL B1 Introduction to Soil Science

3 units
Recommended: BC placement into reading level 06, writing level 06, and math level 03.
Description: Core agriculture course; required of all agriculture majors. Problems pertaining to the soil which are important in the profitable production of plants, including physical properties of soils, fertilizers, crop rotation, erosion and salt control, cultivation problems and irrigation.
Hours: 36 lecture, 54 lab
Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges; BC GE B.1

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