Integrated Pest Management (AS Degree S0311)

Natural Sciences Division
Degree S0311

The Integrated Pest Management Program is part of the Agricultural Science Program and prepares students to design and implement comprehensive integrated pest management programs for private or public entities. It qualifies students to take the Pest Control Advisor (PCA) exam administered by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Pest Control Advisers provide written recommendations for the application of pesticides. Students learn how to design, install, and manage irrigation systems, set up and implement fertilizer and pest management programs, and properly identify and maintain trees, shrubs, and turf grasses. Students also learn personal management and budgeting skills. Most courses in the program provide hands-on experiences designed to give students a combination of practical skills and technical knowledge. Students who intend to transfer should meet with a counselor to review lower-division requirements of the college or university they plan to attend.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
AGOR 1Horticultural Science3
AGOR 24Integrated Pest Management3
AGOR 29Ornamental Plants - Herbaceous3
AGOR 30Ornamental Plants - Trees and Woody Shrubs3
AGOR 39Turf Grass Production and Management3
AGOR 50Soil Science and Management3
AGOR 62Irrigation Principles and Design3
AGOR 63Irrigation Systems Management3
AGOR 91Work Experience in Horticulture3
Choose at least six units from the following:6
General Biology
Plant and Animal Biology
Ecology and Field Biology
Biology for Majors
Biology for Majors - Honors
Cell and Molecular Biology
Marine Biology
Marine Biology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Genetics
Plant Structures, Functions, and Diversity
Chemistry for Allied Health Majors
Introductory Organic and Biochemistry
Introduction to General Chemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I - Honors
General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Choose nine units from the following:9
Plant Propagation/Greenhouse Management
Interior Landscaping
Landscaping and Nursery Management
Ornamental Plants for Southwest Climates
Sports Turf Management
Urban Arboriculture
Total Units42

Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  • be technically proficient
  • demonstrate professional conduct in the industry
  • be able to give a professional quality oral presentation
  • be able to formulate and implement a complete Integrated Pest Management program for a specific site

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

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