May 22, 2019  
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Agricultural Science, B.S.:180 units

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


* If student is NOT looking to teach high school agriculture, consult with the AGS advisor to discuss courses that can be taken to replace course.

Elective Core Courses: 25 units

Required Support Courses: 20 units


* If student is NOT looking to teach high school agriculture, consult with the AGS advisor to discuss courses that can be taken to replace course.

Unrestricted Electives: 0-9 units

Select a sufficient number of courses so that the total from "Required Support", "GE", and "Unrestricted Electives" is at least 85 units.

Single Subjects Teaching Credential

Subject Matter Program

In order to qualify for a credential through course work rather than the CSET, candidates must complete the following:

18 units in Animal Veterinary or Animal Health Science

18 units in Agricultural Mechanics, Agricultural Engineering, Landscape Irrigation, Plant Science (Mechanized Agriculture)

8 units in Agricultural Business Management and/or Farm Management/ Agricultural Economics

27 units in a combination of courses in Plant Science (which includes Horticulture, Agronomy, Soils, Entomology, and/or Pathology).

Students who are Agricultural Science majors automatically meet this requirement as a part of their degree requirements.

Others should consult with the Agricultural Education Coordinator. In addition to a B.S. in Agriculture, students preparing to student teach must complete requirements for the Single Subjects Credential. The courses to be taken are required of all teaching credential candidates regardless of subject matter area.


Students are also required to have a concentration of 27 units, including 12 upper division, in one area of agriculture. This is generally completed as an undergraduate. A minimum of 3000 hours of verified work experience in the agriculture industry is also required. A total of 45 graduate credit units are required for the Agricultural Specialist Credential.

Students may complete the requirements for both the Single Subject and the Agricultural Specialist Credentials concurrently. A limited number of courses may be taken at the undergraduate level. Students should consult with the Agricultural Education program coordinator prior to enrolling in any courses to be used for credentialing purposes.

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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