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 Plant Science hallmark. In 2011 our department expanded through the merger with Horticulture, Forestry, Landscape and Parks.

We offer two majors that span the range of careers in the plant sciences. For those interested in production agriculture, we offer a B.S. in Agronomy, an M.S. in plant science, and a Ph.D. Plant or Biological Science. If your interests are in the production of specialty crops, local food production, and ornamentals, then our B.S. in Horticulture is for you. 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 also proud of our strong tradition of research and extension. Our research has lead to improved plant varieties, increased agricultural productivity, a better understanding of plant diseases, and new plant varieties. Our extension activities have translated research advances into useful public knowledge. We continue to develop and disseminate knowledge on topics as varied as the impacts of tillage on soil carbon levels, the genomic basis of grape quality, to seeding rates for optimized yields.

Fast Facts
Undergraduate Students (2014–15):
Graduate Students:
Undergraduate Majors: 2 (Agronomy, Horticulture)
Graduate Fields of Study: 2 (Plant Science, Biological Science)
Scholarship Recipients (2015–16): 83
Number of Graduates (2014–15): 68
Job Placement Rate: 97%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 20:1