Bakersfield College

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Plant Science

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 & Programs

Classes

Fundamental practices for field, vegetable, tree, and vice 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 Admissions and Records Office. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 54 lect, 36 lab. Offered: F. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges. BC GE B.1
Study of important forage crops of California and the nation; species, varieties, adaptations, production methods, feeding qualities, and processing. 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 Admissions and Records Office. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 36 lect, 54 lab. Field trips required. Offered: alternate S. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges. Note: Elective credit only.
Fundamental principles of pest control and management in commercial agriculture. Includes 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 Admissions and Records Office. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 36 lect, 54 lab. Field trips required. Offered: F. CCS: Occupational Education. Repeat: 3. Transferable: CSU and private colleges. Note: Elective credit only. BC GE B.1
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. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6. Hours: 36 lect, 54 lab. Field trips may be required. Offered: F. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges. Note: Elective credit only.
An introductory course covering the fundamental principles of plant science with emphases on structure, function, reproduction, and development of seed plants. The principles are related to the practices of applied plant biology in crop production, forestry, and horticulture. Recommended: Reading level 5 or 6. Hours: 54 lect, 54 lab. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges. Note: Not open to students who have taken BIOL B10. BC GE B.1; CSU GE B.2, B.3; IGETC 5.B.
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. Recommended: Reading Level 5 or 6 and MATH BA. Hours: 36 lect, 90 lab. Field trips required. Offered: F, S. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: UC, CSU and private colleges. BC GE B.1
Kern Community College District