Bakersfield College


Agriculture - Plant Science Associate of Science Degree for Transfer

The Associate in Science in Agriculture Plant Science degree for Transfer is designed to provide students a clear pathway to the CSU agriculture plant science major and completion of the agriculture plant science baccalaureate degree, to grant guaranteed admission to a CSU to a similar major, with junior standing, and the ability to complete their remaining requirements within 60 semester or 90 quarter units.

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.

To Transfer Coursework:

A minimum of 18 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.

Bachelors of Science Degree Names:

Environmental Horticultural Science, Plant Science, Horticultural Science, Ornamental Horticulture, Landscaping and Groundskeeping, Turf and Turfgrass Management, Viticulture and Enology, Plant Nursery Operations and Management, Greenhouse Operations and Management, Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • identify and utilize pertinent concepts of plant physiology, anatomy, nutrition, reproduction, and pest control to solve plant production problems under field, greenhouse, or landscape conditions.
  • identify and utilize pertinent concepts of soil physical, chemical, and biological properties and their interactions with plants to solve plant production problems under field, greenhouse, or landscape conditions.
  • identify and utilize pertinent concepts of plant propagation to effectively reproduce plants from seed, stems, leaves, roots, natural propagules, and/or small amounts of tissue in culture and to produce grafted plants.

Career Opportunities:

Ag Business Consultant, Arborist, Botanist/Plant Biologist, Floriculturist / Flower Grower, Floral Designer / Florist, Forester, Greenhouse Grower / Manager, Landscape Designer or Garden Consultant, Sports Turf Superintendent, Tree Technician, Urban Forester, Farm Managers.

Requirements for AA-T or AS-T degrees:

    The completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including the following:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University – Breadth Requirements.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major area of emphasis, as determined by the district.
  • The obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • The completion of all courses required for the major with a ‘C’ or better. A ‘P’ (Pass) grade is not acceptable for courses in the major.

Total Units: 26

Required Core - 17 Units

Course # Name Units
SOIL B1 Introduction to Soil Science 3.0
CHEM B2A Introductory to General Chemistry 4.0
AGBS B2 Agricultural Economics 3.0
MATH B22 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4.0
CRPS B5 Introduction to Plant Science 3.0

List A - Select 3 units from the following

Course # Name Units
ORNH B4 Plant Propagation 3.0
ORNH B6 Ornamental Plant Identification-Ground Covers, Vines, and Dwarf Shrubs 3.0
ORNH B7 Ornamental Plant Identification-Large Shrubs, Small Trees, Large Trees, and Palms 3.0
MCAG B10 Farm Power Operations 3.0

List B - Select 6 units from the following

Course # Name Units
CRPS B2 Forage Crops 3.0
CRPS B4 Vegetable Production 3.0
ORNH B3 Landscape Installation and Maintenance 3.0
Category Units
Units in Major 26.0
CSU GE Breadth 39.0
Possible double counting of GE's 13.0
Electives (CSU Transferrable) 8.0
Degree Total 60.0