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

  • 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.
  • Describe an integrated pest management program and explain how to implement one for a crop 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. Courses in this certificate may contribute to the prerequisite course requirements to apply to qualify for the Pest Control Advisers Examination through the California Department of Pesticide Regulations. 

Program Requirements 

AG 003Economic Entomology3
AG 004Soil Science3
PLSI 001Intro to Plant Science3
PLSI 108Water Management3
PLSI 110Integrated Pest Management3

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.