Associate of Science in Plant Science (AS)

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of Plant Science through the study of soils, irrigation, weed control, plant diseases and pests, fertilizers, and cultivation of crops. Students will acquire skills in crop production to maximize yields as well as profits.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify common problems in crop production and provide recommendations to improve quality and yields.
  • Identify food and fiber crops in the San Joaquin Valley and their economic importance to the local and state economy.
  • Explain the relationships between plant, soil, and water, and their impact on crop production and the environment.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields: irrigation technician, crop production, equipment sales, farm manager assistant, pesticide and fertilizer sales.


This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

College of the Sequoias Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE)
AG 003Economic Entomology *3
AG 004Soil Science *3
AGMT 001Agriculture Economics *3
PLSI 001Intro to Plant Science3
PLSI 106Fertilizers & Soil Amendments3
PLSI 108Water Management3
WEXP 193 FAgriculture Wrk Exp-1st Sem3
Select a minimum of twelve units from the following courses:
AG 002Environmental Conservation3
AGMT 102Ag Sales and Marketing3
AGMT 104Agriculture Accounting3
PLSI 012Introduction to Fruit Science3
PLSI 105Weeds and Poisonous Plants3
PLSI 110Integrated Pest Management3
PLSI 111Citrus Production3
PLSI 113Introduction to Viticulture3
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units.

The Associate Degree requirements include completion of the:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair),
  2. General Education Requirements,
  3. Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions,
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).