US (OK): Horticulture department changes name to plant science

The Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) Department recently sent an email to faculty, staff, and students to inform them that the Horticulture and Crop Science department will now be called the Plant Sciences department, effective this week. This change comes after over a year of research and consideration with input from people in all areas of the department, according to the email. 

“It was determined that the name Plant Sciences better reflects the interests of prospective students, predominant employment opportunities for graduates, and the department’s academic mission,” according to the email. 

This change will affect searching for classes. Like the department name, the Agricultural & Environmental Plant Sciences major will be changed to Plant Sciences. Fall 2022 classes will be under the new prefix of PLSC (Plant Sciences), and the AEPS (Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences) prefix will no longer be searchable. 

In addition, students following the current catalog will graduate with a degree in AEPS, while those following the newest catalog (2022-2025) will graduate with a PLSC degree. 

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