Department of Plant Science

Growing the Future through Education and Innovative Research

Welcome to the Department of Plant Science. We are a multidisciplinary department with the size and breadth to address today’s complex scientific issues, while retaining the student-centered focus, an SDSU hallmark. In 2011 our department expanded through the merger with Horticulture, Forestry, Landscape and Parks.

We offer three majors that span the range of careers in the plant sciences. For those interested in production agriculture, we offer BS, MS, and PhD programs in Agronomy. If your interests are in the production of specialty crops and ornamentals, then our BS in Horticulture is for you. Finally, if you are more interested in using plants to help shape the human environment, we offer a BS in Landscape Architecture. All of our programs feature a carefully designed balance of theoretical principles and hands-on experience to produce a well rounded graduate who is prepared for the 21st century workplace. As a result our graduates are in high demand and frequently have jobs before graduation.

Plant Science is proud of our strong tradition of research and extension. Our research has lead to improved plant varieties, increased agricultural productive, better understanding of plant diseases, and new plant varieties for green roofs. Our extension activities have translated these advances into public knowledge. We continue to develop and disseminate new knowledge on topics as varied as the impacts of tillage on soil carbon levels, the genomic basis of grape quality, and green solutions to landscape design.

Fast Facts
Undergraduate Students:
318
Graduate Students:
65
Undergraduate Majors: 3
Graduate Fields of Study: 2
Scholarship Recipients: 100
Number of Graduates (2011–12): 68
Job Placement Rate: 97%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 20:1