Plant and Soil Science Pathway
Agricultural Technology and Seed Science: This course is UC “D” approved and meets one of the following graduation requirements: biological science or physical science or VAPA or vocational education or elective. Certifications offered: iCEV. Credits: 10. The success of the agricultural industry depends on good quality seed. The progress in agriculture depends upon production and marketing of good, quality seed of high yielding varieties. This course is the first course in this pathway that involves seed production and technology. Seed technology is the science of dealing with the methods of improving physical and genetic characteristics of seed. It involves such activities as variety development, evolution and release of varieties, seed production, seed processing, and certification and storage. This is an interdisciplinary science course that includes classifying seeds by groupings of seed type and formation, demonstrating the events of seed germination, summarizing the physiological and biochemical aspects to break seed dormancy, reading articles to become familiar with the latest discoveries and research in seed science and technology, and analyze the biological changes in seed quality during production, processing, and storage.
Advanced Seed Science and Research: Plant Genetics and Breeding: This course is UC “D” approved and meets one of the following graduation requirements: biological or physical science or vocational education or elective. This course will offer job shadowing and leadership opportunities. (Prerequisite: Agricultural Technology and Seed Science) Credits: 10. This course is the second of two consecutive courses in the pathway. This course is designed for students who would like to further enhance their knowledge about agricultural technology and seed science. The Advanced Seed Science and Research course deals with the principles of plant breeding, including the science of how traits are passed from one generation to the next by predicting phenotypes and genotypes of offspring and their parents; marker assisted plant selection, including the use of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) markers in marker-assisted selection (MAS) breeding and mutation breeding, including the study of changes at the DNA level.