Skill Certificate in Plant Science

Division: Agriculture

Students completing this certificate will acquire knowledge of and skills in the uses and control of soils, irrigation, weed control, plant diseases and pests, fertilizers and cultivation of crops.

Program Outcomes

  • 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 plant health, nutrition and the environment.
  • Describe current cultural practices which improve quality and maximize yields in leading crops in the San Joaquin Valley.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be prepared for employment in the following jobs: irrigation and crop production as well as related industries, such as equipment sales, fertilizer sales and application, plant protection, and crop consulting.

Required Certificate Courses (17 Units)17
Economic Entomology
Soil Science
Intro to Plant Science
Fertilizers & Soil Amendments
Water Management
Agriculture Wrk Exp-1st Sem
Total17

The Certificate of Achievement requirements include completion of the certificate courses with a “C” or better grade in each course. Required and support courses may be substituted with the approval of the Agriculture Division Chair.