2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 13, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Agronomy, Horticulture, & Plant Science

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David Wright, Department Head
Brent Turnipseed, Assistant Department Head, Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator
Hani Ghosheh, Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator
Senthil Subramanian, Graduate Teaching Coordinator
Department of Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science
Berg Agricultural Hall 244
605-688-4600 (Department Head, SAG 244)
605-688-4450 (Teaching Office, SNP 247)


Distinguished Professors

David Clay, Sharon Clay, Anne Fennell, Douglas Malo


John Ball, Arvid Boe, Rhoda Burrows, James Doolittle, Billy Fuller, Karl Glover, Jose Gonzalez-Hernandez, Xingyou Gu, Paul Johnson, Marie Langham, Wanlong Li, Vance Owens, Senthil Subramanian, Brent Turnipseed, David Wright, Jixiang Wu

Associate Professors

Shaukat Ali, Emmanuel Byamukama, Melanie Caffe-Treml, Chris Graham, Sandeep Kumar, Febina Mathew, Thandiwe Nleya, Sunish Sehgal, Peter Sexton

Assistant Professors

Stephanie Bruggeman, Jason Clark, Jose Guzman, Péter Kovács, Shinyi Marzano, Adam Varenhorst


Jiyul Chang, Hani Ghosheh, Navreet Mahal, Cheryl Reese


Brett Owens


George Buchenau, C. Gregg Carlson, C. Dean Dybing, Norman Evers, James Gerwing, David F. Graper, Robert Hall, Donald Kenefick, Douglas Malo, Ronald Peterson, Robert Pollmann, Dale Reeves, Diane Rickerl, Thomas Schumacher, Clair Stymiest, Fedora Sutton, Leon Wrage, Howard Woodard


The primary goal of the Department is to prepare students for success and leadership in business, government, and enterprises related to the Agronomy, Horticulture and Precision Agriculture programs. In addition, students can prepare for graduate study leading to a career in research, teaching, business, or extension. Graduates with training in plant science are sought by agri-business, horticultural businesses, private foundations, and federal and state agencies for employment in domestic and international agriculture.

The Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science department is also proud of the strong tradition of research and extension, leading to improved plant varieties, increased agricultural productivity, better understanding of plant diseases, and new plant variety releases for producers. The extension activities have translated these advances into public knowledge on topics as varied as the impacts of tillage on soil carbon levels, and the genomic basis of grape quality.




Certification Preparation

Graduate Programs*

  • Plant Science (M.S.)
  • Biological Sciences (Ph.D.) - Plant Molecular Biology Specialization
  • Biological Sciences (Ph.D.) - Plant Science Specialization
  • Plant Science (Ph.D.)

* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.

Facilities & Services

The department is housed in seven buildings across campus. These buildings provide research and teaching laboratories, greenhouses, seed house facilities and access to the functional genomics core facility. The on and off-campus facilities also include the SDSU Seed Testing Laboratory, SDSU Plant Diagnostics Clinic, Seed Certification, and Foundation Seed Stocks Division, which operates as services for the public. In addition, the department conducts research at four research farms near campus and four research stations across the state. The Field Specialists are housed in seven regional extension offices across the state.

Student Support & Engagement Opportunities

Numerous opportunities are available for part-time employment, scholarships, and work-study programs. The Arboriculture Club, Agronomy and Conservation Club, and Horticulture and Urban Agriculture Club offer opportunities for fellowship, leadership, and career planning. The Department has nationally recognized crops, horticulture, and soils judging teams.

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