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  Feb 21, 2018
2017-2018 University Catalog

Agribusiness and Food Industry Management, B.S.: 180 units

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Offered by: Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture, Agribusiness, Food Industry Management, and Agricultural Science.

The Agribusiness and Food Industry program focuses on business applications that support the agricultural industry. The major offers a wide selection of coursework designed for students to assume leadership positions in the management, marketing, and production of all agricultural products from "field to plate".

The core curriculum is designed to provide students with an understanding of business functions in application, theory, and practice. Two career emphases of Food Management or Animal/Equine Industry allow students to work closely with their advisor and design a curriculum for their specific career goals. Internships place the student in their chosen field for up to one year to experience daily activities they will be involved with. Students also have the opportunity to participate in intercollegiate marketing competitions, promoting agricultural products.

Enterprising students are employed by the department in the operations of the W.K. Kellogg horse unit, livestock and farming operations of the Kellogg Ranch, and the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch, which markets Cal Poly's finest fruits and vegetables.

Private sector careers abound in all areas of Agribusiness and Food Industry Management. Many graduates work for commodity boards and trade organizations that represent any product from almonds to zucchini. This includes the California Milk Advisory Board and California's Happy Cows. Many alums work in sales, management and brokerage of commodities such as hay, grain, and feedstuffs, often internationally. The large produce industry in Southern California demands graduates that are ready to work and knowledgeable in all sectors of production, procurement, sales, and accounting. Other careers include pharmaceutical sales, animal hospital management, animal rescue management, livestock, dairy, and equine industry management, farm and ranch management, packinghouse management, and retail operations of supermarkets and specialty stores. Alumni have pursued legal careers involving agriculture as well as agricultural communications and journalism.

Public sector careers are currently in high demand due to an aging workforce in the next decade. It is estimated that over 60% of the nations federal, state, and county agricultural workforce will retire during this period. A multitude of opportunities are found within the 7 mission areas and 27 agencies of the USDA. These include the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Foreign  Agriculture Service, National Resource Conservation Service, Forestry Service, Food Safety, Risk Management, Economic Research Service. Interesting careers within these agencies include smuggling and interdiction, poisonous plant reconnaissance, habitat restoration, and crop, livestock, and commodity modeling. Agencies within Homeland Security and the Department of the  Interior also offer rewarding careers protecting agricultural systems from terrorists, monitoring public lands with the Bureau of Land Management, conserving resources with the National Park Service, and water related careers with the Bureau of  Reclamation.

More locally, trained farm advisors consult and work with local farmers and ranchers to improve practices and profitability.  They are also involved with nutrition programs and 4-H. County Agricultural Commissioners have large staffs, which monitor pesticide applications, weights and measures, local farmers markets, and commodity stabilization and standardization.


If course(s) is taken to satisfy GE requirements, then student will need to complete additional approved units for Require Core.

Required Support Courses: 16 units

The following required support courses should be taken to satisfy the indicated GE Requirements to achieve the minimum units to degree listed at the top of this sheet.

Elective Support Courses: 44 units

Unrestricted Electives: 0-8 units

Select a sufficent number of courses so that the total from "Required Core", "Required Support", "GE", and "Unrestricted Electives" is at least 136 units.

General Education Requirements: 68 units

Students should consult the Academic Programs website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated under Support Courses, please refer to the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

  Course Term Taken Grade
Area A. Communication and Critical Thinking (12 units)
1. Oral Communication      
2. Written Communication      
3. Critical Thinking      
Area B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences (16 units)
1. Physical Science      
2. Biological Science      
3. Laboratory Activity      
4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning      
5. Science and Technology Synthesis      
Area C. Humanities (16 units)
1. Visual and Performing Arts      
2. Philosophy and Civilization      
3. Literature and Foreign Languages      
4. Humanities Synthesis      
Area D. Social Sciences (20 units)
1. U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals
    a. United States History
    b. Introduction to American Government
2. History, Economics, and Political Science      
3. Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic and Gender Studies      
4. Social Science Synthesis      
Area E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-development (4 units)      

For an alternative and interdisciplinary way to complete some of their GE requirements, students may choose the Interdisciplinary General Education program, see below. 

Interdisciplinary General Education: 32 units

An alternate pattern for partial fulfillment of GE Areas A, C, D, and E available for students is the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program.  Students should see an advisor for specific GE coursework required by their major.  Students must be exempt from or score at least 147 on the EPT to qualify for IGE.  Please refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for additional information.

How IGE fulfills General Education Requirements:

Year Completion of IGE Courses Satisfies GE Requirements
Freshman IGE 120 , IGE 121 , IGE 122   A2 as well as any 2 courses from C1-C3
Sophomore IGE 220 , IGE 221 , IGE 222   D1 (8 units) and D3
Junior IGE 223 , IGE 224   D2 and Area E

American Institutions: 8 units

Courses that satisfy this requirement may also satisfy GE Area D1.

American Cultural Perspectives Requirement: 4 units

Refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for a list of courses that satisfy this requirement.  Course may also satisfy major, minor, GE, or unrestricted elective requirements.

Graduation Writing Test

All persons who receive undergraduate degrees from Cal Poly Pomona must pass the Graduation Writing Test (GWT).  The test must be taken by the quarter following completion of 120 units for undergraduates.

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