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Horticulture and Crop Science Department

Cal Poly’s 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 Horticulture and Crop Science 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

            Crop Science
            Fruit Science
            Landscape Horticulture
            Ornamental Plant Production
            Plant Production

Interdisciplinary Major: Wine and Viticulture

Advising Center:
Academic Advisor: Rachel Johnson
Location: Building 11 Room 246
Telephone: (805) 756-5076
Email address:

Department Office:
Building 11 Room 230
(805) 756-2279

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