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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Agriculture


Mary Holz-Clause, Dean
Lisa A. Kessler, Associate Dean

As the founding college of the University, instruction in the College of Agriculture is offered in eight majors leading to the Bachelor of Science degree.  There are five Master of Science subplans offered in Agricultural Science, Animal Science, Nutrition and Food Science, Plant Science and Irrigation Science.

The College of Agriculture prepares students for careers in a wide variety of positions throughout the agricultural, food, apparel/textile industries, environment, science, and healthcare fields.  Careers can be found in business, industry, education, conservation, recreation, specialized services, governmental work, as well as production.  Positions can vary from technical and analytical to creative and entrepreneurial.  Career opportunities for men and women are numerous with many being relatively unknown a few years ago.  Challenging occupations exist at both the domestic and international level, especially for individuals with dual language skills.  Students from rural and urban communities will find a broad spectrum of opportunities that suit their interests and abilities.

The Agriculture Industry

The agriculture industry serves the State by generating food for the U.S. and the world.  While less than two percent of California’s population now lives and works on the farm, approximately 80,500 farming businesses produce food worth $44.7 billion and well over $100 billion in processing, packaging and distribution of the food supply.  Agriculture graduates find careers in areas such as production, research, biotechnology, governmental regulation, environment and natural resource management, water management, golf course management, and education.

The Food Industry

The Southern California food industry provides an ever increasing number of job opportunities for graduates.  Careers can be found in areas such as nutrition science, dietetics, food chemistry, food processing, sensory evaluation, product development, food management, food marketing, food safety, and culinology.  Nutrition science and dietetics is a pathway for many students pursuing graduate programs in the medical and healthcare fields.

The Apparel Industry

The California apparel sector is the largest and most dynamic in the United States.  Los Angeles is a major international fashion hub, containing many top apparel brands and retail groups. Career opportunities are diverse, embracing buying, designing, product development, production, visual merchandising, store operations management, and brand marketing.  Employers vary from global corporations to young entrepreneurial businesses, drawn from across the manufacturing, retailing, textile, and design technology/consulting services sectors of the industry.

Facilities for Animal Science, Animal Health Science, and Plant Science

Facilities on or near the campus make possible practical laboratories for the various majors. The university farm consists of fertile soils typical of the southern California area with enough variation in soil type and climate to give students broad experience.  Over 700 acres of university owned land are available for pastures, crops, groves, and ornamental plantings.  Animal production flocks and herds are maintained for undergraduate instruction and graduate research.

Facilities for Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science and Technology 

Classrooms and laboratories are housed in Building 7.  Laboratories include sophisticated testing and research equipment for numerous faculty and student research and projects in nutrition and product development.

Facilities for Apparel Merchandising and Management

Classrooms and laboratories are housed in Building 45.  Laboratory space includes computer labs with apparel industry specific software in patternmaking, product development, and retail buying.  A senior production lab and a senior retail showroom are used for the production students AM2 line of clothing and the retail activity ApparelScapes.

Academic Programs

Agribusiness and Food Industry Management B.S. 
Agricultural Science (Education) B.S.
Animal Health Science B.S.
Animal Science B.S.
      with subplans in Animal Industries Management; and Pre-Veterinary Science/Graduate School
Apparel Merchandising and Management B.S.
     with subplans in Apparel Production and Fashion Retailing
Foods and Nutrition B.S.
     with subplans in Dietetics and Nutrition Science
Food Science and Technology B.S.
Plant Science B.S.

Agribusiness and Food Industry Management
Animal Science
Environmental Health Specialist
Fashion Merchandising
Food Safety
Foods and Nutrition
Food Science and Technology
International Agricultural Business Management
Landscape Irrigation Design
Ornamental Horticulture
Pest Management
Soil Science

Landscape Irrigation Design

Agricultural Specialist, Agriculture Single Subject (in Ag. Science)

Master of Science in Agriculture
      with subplans in Agricultural Science (Agricultural Education), Animal
                                  Science, Nutrition and Food Science, Plant Science,
                                  and Irrigation Science


Dean’s Office
Building 2, Room 216
(909) 869-2200
(909) 869-4454 and 869-4074 fax
(888) 2DAYS AG (toll free)
E-mail: agriculture@cpp.edu

Graduate Programs
Building 2, Room 212
(909) 869-3637
Harmit Singh, College Graduate Programs Coordinator

University Advancement
College of Agriculture
Reginald Clause, Director of Development
(909) 979-5676

Development Office
Building 220, Room B-223
(909) 869-5471
Kristen Daley, Development Director

Recruitment and Retention Office
Building 2, Room 114
(909) 869-2869
Rhonda Ostrowski, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator

Agricultural Science (Education)
Building 2, Room 209
(909) 869-2214
Valerie Mellano, Interim Chair

Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Building 2, Room 123
(909) 869-2216
Broc Sandelin, Chair

Apparel Merchandising and Management
Building 45, Room 152
(909) 869-3377
Peter Kilduff, Chair

Agribusiness, Food Industry Management, and Agriculture Education
Building 2, Room 209
(909) 869-2214
Valerie Mellano, Interim Chair

Human Nutrition and Food Science
Building 7, Room 110
(909) 869-2226
Martin F. Sancho-Madriz, Chair

Plant Science
Building 2, Room 209
(909) 869-2214
Valerie Mellano, Chair

College of Agriculture Programs

Agricultural Research Institute (ARI)

The College of Agriculture is an active participant in the State’s Agricultural Research Institute (ARI). The program provides public funds that are matched “dollar for dollar” with industry and governmental agency resources to support food and agricultural research. Using university facilities, the faculty, technical staff, and students are able to conduct funded research targeted to improve the economic efficiency, productivity, profitability, and sustainability of California agriculture and allied industries.

California Agricultural Leadership Program

Cal Poly Pomona, through the College of Agriculture, is one of four universities in the state which participate in the California Agricultural Leadership Program. Under the auspices of the Agricultural Education Foundation, the Program consists of a series of seminars and travel experiences designed to broaden the perspectives of selected mid-career agricultural professionals who have demonstrated leadership potential. Participants complete the program with a greater capacity to accept leadership responsibility in any part of society. For more information, contact the Dean of the College of Agriculture.

Special Programs for Agriculture Students

Ag Recruitment

The College of Agriculture has developed an ongoing outreach program for prospective students from both high schools and community colleges. Students, faculty and staff regularly visit southern California schools to talk to students, parents and teachers about attending college, studying a wide range of programs offered by the College and attending Cal Poly Pomona. Our Ag Recruitment Office also provides campus tours and pre-admission counseling, as well as serving as a contact point for new and prospective students. For assistance, please call Ag Recruitment at (909) 869-2869.

Agriculture Educational Enhancement Services (AGREES)

AGREES is a college-based program designed to improve the retention and graduation rate of students enrolled in the College of Agriculture. AGREES provides faculty and peer interaction as well as a variety of support services to assist students in their academic pursuits at Cal Poly Pomona.

Cooperative Education

The College of Agriculture commenced a cooperative education program with industry, business and government during the fall quarter, 1978. This program is designed to provide alternating periods of full-time study and full-time work. It is expected that each student in the co-op education program will spend a total of four quarters over a three-year period gaining work experience. For these four quarters of experience the student will receive 16 units of academic credit.

The co-op education program will:

  1. Provide the opportunity for the student to gain experience in agricultural production, agribusiness, agricultural research, and/or government. This experience should stimulate the student’s interest in those areas of academic instruction that relate to the newly acquired experience.
  2. Provide students with the opportunity to evaluate alternative careers.
  3. Provide an opportunity for students to earn a salary which will enable them to attend school full-time during alternating quarters.
  4. Provide an opportunity for prospective employers to get acquainted with co-op students.

More information may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Agriculture and/or the University’s Career Center.

Student Enterprise Projects

Students in the College of Agriculture are provided an opportunity to learn the interrelated skills involved in the production of a crop or animal project by means of the Student Enterprise Project experience. This supervised work program allows the student to utilize College of Agriculture facilities and equipment, along with financing provided through the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation. All aspects of project design, initiation and completion are developed by the student in consultation with the supervising faculty member. In addition to valuable experiential learning, the student is able to share in the profits generated by the project. Interested students should see their department chair for further information.

Student Organizations and Activities

Students in the College of Agriculture have the opportunity to become involved with many different types of student organizations, whether it be for a specific major or for a team that competes intercollegiately. Organizations offer students the opportunity to meet informally with students and faculty outside of the class room and to network with alumni and industry representatives. Students are encouraged to broaden their college experience by joining one of the following student organizations: Ag Ambassadors, Agricultural Biology Club, Agricultural Council, Agricultural Education Club, Animal Health Science and Technology Association, Apparel Merchandising & Management Association, Collegiate FFA, Equestrian Drill Team, Fashion Society, Food Science Society, Food Marketing Association, Foods and Nutrition Forum, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Club, Horse Show Team, Crops, Livestock, and Soils Judging Teams, Livestock Show Teams, Los Rancheros, Los Robles, Peer Advisors, Phi Upsilon Omicron, Pre-Vet Club and Rodeo Club. In addition to student organizations, there are many opportunities for students to work or volunteer for the farm, livestock units, nursery, farm store, and horse center.

College Of Agriculture Orientation Proficiency

All students majoring in academic programs offered by the College of Agriculture must be acquainted with program opportunities, academic skills and proficiencies, and knowledge of academic support entities which are necessary for a successful college career. All new students entering the College of Agriculture can demonstrate these abilities by either completing AG 100 or by having completed 36 quarter units, prior to admission, of college level course work from an accredited college or university. New students entering the College of Agriculture with less than 36 quarter units completed, must enroll in AG 100 within three quarters of college residency. New students are encouraged to take AG 100 their first quarter of residency.

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Plant Science

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