The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
The Plant Science Certificate of Achievement prepares students for occupations related to the production and marketing of fruit, vine, vegetable, and field crops. The program covers the knowledge and skills required for orchard operation, small and medium scale vegetable, herb, and flower farming,as well as entry into associated fields such as pest management and agricultural inspection.
Forty percent of all people gainfully employed in the United States today are engaged in some kind of agricultural work. California alone needs over 8,000 additional trained people each year for employment in agriculture. The training program at SRJC prepares the student for a choice of jobs on the farm as well as off-farm related jobs. Working conditions in agricultural jobs are ideal for those individuals who like to work out-of-doors with living things.
For more information see the Agriculture Department website.