Horticulture and Crop Science Department

Plant Sciences Department

Cal Poly’s Plant Sciences Department (formerly known as the Horticulture and Crop Science Department) is well-known for preparing the next generation of industry leaders. Our students don’t just sit in a classroom.  They work outside in our fields and gardens and inside our labs.  They find solutions to real-world problems. And they discover a broader spectrum of career possibilities than ever imagined. 

Our on-campus facilities include fields, groves, vineyards, nurseries, orchards, an arboretum and gardens, and greenhouses. Students experience real world applications through internships and other collaborations with our industry partners. They also develop a foundational plant science background.

Our graduates go on to be business owners, growers, researchers, educators, salespeople, landscape contractors, designers, consultants, pest control advisors, park and golf course superintendents and public garden professionals.  We invite you to explore the many possibilities of Cal Poly’s Plant Sciences department.

Everything is very hands-on. You don’t just learn the theory behind propagation. You actually get to do it.

— Alexis Watkins, AEPS major

Major: Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences (will change to Plant Sciences in Summer 2022)

            Environmental Horticultural Science
            Fruit and Crop Science
            Plant Protection Science

            Crop Science
            Fruit Science
            Landscape Horticulture
            Plant Protection

Graduate Programs:
            M.S. in Agriculture, specialization in Crop Science
            M.S. in Agriculture, specialization in Environmental Horticulture Science
            M.S. in Agriculture, specialization in Plant Protection Science
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Department Office:
Building 11 Room 230

Academic Advisor: Meagan Groom

Department Website


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