Associate of Science in Plant Science - Not for Transfer (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.

General Education and Subject Requirements (25 Units) *25
College of the Sequoias Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE)
Required Major Courses (21 Units)21
Economic Entomology *
Soil Science *
Agriculture Economics *
Intro to Plant Science
Fertilizers & Soil Amendments
Water Management
Agriculture Wrk Exp-1st Sem
Restricted Electives (12 Units)12
Select a minimum of twelve units from the following courses:
Environmental Conservation
AG Leadership
Ag Sales and Marketing
Agriculture Accounting
Introduction to Fruit Science
Weeds and Poisonous Plants
Integrated Pest Management
Citrus Production
Introduction to Viticulture
Electives (8 Units)8
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units.

Courses meet General Education requirements and 6 units may double count above in 1 (COS-GE).

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).