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 Program Learning Objectives

  1. Possess the well-rounded subject matter breadth and depth required to effectively teach subject matter in agriculture.
  2. Professionally communicate and articulate knowledge to others in multi modal, succinct and creative teaching styles.
  3. Lead and direct individuals and groups in thought and action.
  4. Analyze and communicate effectively about major issues in agriculture.
  5. Demonstrate cultural competencies in an increasingly global agricultural industry and society.
  6. Develop a high degree of agricultural literacy.
  7. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  8. Seamlessly and professionally integrate technology into instructional practices.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, student must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

AGED 102Introduction to Agricultural Education2
or AGC 102 Orientation to Agricultural Communication
AGED 404Agricultural Leadership3
AGED 410Computer Applications in Agricultural Education2
AGED 460Research Methodology in Agricultural Education and Communication1
AGED 461Senior Project I1
or AGC 461 Senior Project I
AGED 462Senior Project II1
or AGC 462 Senior Project II
AGC 452Current Trends and Issues in Agricultural Communication4
or AG 360 Holistic Management
or AG 450 Applied Holistic Management
or AG 452 Issues Affecting California Agriculture
AEPS 120Principles of Horticulture and Crop Science4
or AEPS 230 Environmental Horticulture
AGB 202Introduction to Sales4
AGB 212Agricultural Economics4
AGB 301Food and Fiber Marketing4
Select one from the following:4
Forage Crops
California Vegetable Production
California Fruit Growing
Introduction to Vegetable Science
ASCI 112Principles of Animal Science (B2) 14
ASCI 225Introduction to Poultry Management4
BRAE 121Agricultural Mechanics2
BRAE 141Agricultural Machinery Safety3
DSCI 230General Dairy Husbandry4
DSCI 231General Dairy Manufacturing4
or FSN 230 Elements of Food Processing
SS 121Introductory Soil Science4
or SS 131 Soils in Environmental and Agricultural Systems
Approved Electives in Emphasis Area (12-20 units must be at the 300-400 level; see Approved Electives Guide below)24
BRAE 340Irrigation Water Management (Area F) 14
CHEM 110World of Chemistry (B3 & B4) 14-5
or CHEM 111 Survey of Chemistry
MATH 118Precalculus Algebra (B1) 1,24
or MATH 119 Precalculus Trigonometry
NR/ES 308Fire and Society (D5) 14
or NR 323 Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Management
Approved Electives in Career Area 328
Select either the Individualized or Teaching Agriculture career area:
Any course with a prefix in AEPS, AG, AGC, AGED, AGB, ASCI, BRAE, DSCI, ERSC, FSN, NR, RPTA, SS, WVIT, COMS, GRC, JOUR (that is not already counting towards GE area), or any courses included as a required course within a minor at Cal Poly. 12 to 20 units must be at the 300-400 level depending on emphasis area.
Teaching Agriculture
Agribusiness Financial Accounting
Financial Accounting for Nonbusiness Majors
FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experience
Early Field Experience in Agriculture Education
Teaching Agriculture Electives
Restriction: no more than 8 units total of BIO, BOT, CHEM, GEOL, MCRO, MSCI, PHYS can count towards Teaching Agriculture Electives. 5
Select 4 units from the following:
Any Lower Division or Upper Division course with a prefix in AEPS, AG, AGB, ASCI, BIO, BOT, BRAE, CHEM, DSCI, ERSC, FSN, GEOL, MCRO, MSCI, NR, PHYS, RPTA, SS, WVIT, or
Agricultural Youth Conferences
Legal Responsibilities of Business
Manufacturing Processes: Materials Joining
Drugs in Society
Health Education for Teachers
Select 14 units from the following:
Any Upper Division courses with a prefix in AEPS, AG, AGB, ASCI, BIO, BOT, BRAE, CHEM, DSCI, ERSC, FSN, GEOL, MCRO, MSCI, NR, PHYS, RPTA, SS, WVIT.
(See GE program requirements below.)52
Free Electives 30-1
Total units180

Approved Electives Guide

Approved electives have been categorized by emphasis area to guide students in their selections. Advisor approval of electives is not required, but consultation with an advisor is recommended to ensure that the required number of upper-division units is met. Also, bear in mind that selection may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals. It is imperative for students seeking a teaching credential to select one Emphasis Area and adhere to the approved list of courses.

Emphasis Areas
Select Emphasis Area of choice (12 to 20 units must be at the 300-400 level):24
Agricultural Engineering Technology
Core Courses:
Introduction to Engineering Design Graphics
Introduction to Engineering Surveying
Engineering Surveying
Agricultural Safety
Internal Combustion Engines
Select from the following electives:
Agricultural Power and Machinery Management
CAD for Agricultural Engineering
3-D Solids Modeling
Agricultural Engineering Laboratory
Irrigation Theory
Landscape Irrigation
Energy for a Sustainable Society
Drip/Micro Irrigation
Advanced Agricultural Mechanics
Water Wells and Pumps
College Physics I
Agricultural Supplies and Services
Core Courses:
Agribusiness Financial Accounting 4
Advanced Sales Techniques
Agribusiness Credit and Finance
Select from the following electives:
Agribusiness Data Literacy
Agricultural Policy
Agriculture Economic Analysis
Fair and Fair Facility Management
Principles of Agribusiness Management
Agribusiness Managerial Accounting
Farm Accounting
Agricultural Personnel Management
Food Retail Management
Field Studies in Agribusiness
Produce Marketing
Advanced Fair Management Seminar
Branded Wine Marketing
Animal Science
Core Courses:
Introductory Animal Nutrition and Feeding
Select two from the following:
Introduction to Beef Production
Systems of Swine Production
Systems of Small Ruminant Management
Select one from the following:
Artificial Insemination and Embryo Biotechnology
Zoonoses and Veterinary Public Health Concerns
Nonruminant Nutrition
Select from the following electives:
Advanced Beef Cattle System Management
Egg Production, Processing and Distribution
Principles of Range Management
Poultry Meat Production and Processing
Poultry Business Management
Meat Industry Study Tour
Dairy Cattle Nutrition
Dairy Animal Health, Safety and Applied Technology
Crop and Soil Science
Core Courses:
Forage Crops
Soil Health and Plant Nutrition
Select from the following electives (must be a course not already taken in the major):
Weed Biology and Management
Citrus and Avocado Fruit Production
Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops
Advanced Vegetable Science
Forestry and Natural Resources
Core Courses:
Wildlife Conservation Biology
Environmental Management
Natural Resource Ecology and Habitat Management
Select from the following electives:
Fire and Society
Technology of Wildland Fire Management
The World of Spatial Data and Geographic Information Technology
Water Systems Technology, Issues and Impacts
Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Management
Ethnicity and the Land
Forest Health
Environmental Law
Water Resource Law and Policy
Ornamental Horticulture
Core Courses:
General Botany
Landscape Installation and Maintenance
Plant Propagation
Select from the following electives:
Principles of Landscape Design
Cut Flower Production
Potted Plant Production
Turfgrass Management
Native Plants for California Landscapes
Nursery Crop Production
Specialized Operations for Golf Courses and Athletic Fields
Park and Public Space Management
Landscape Irrigation

Required in Major or Support; also satisfies GE.


MATH 116 and MATH 117 substitute.


 The teaching credential requires specific courses.  Consult with an advisor prior to developing an academic plan.


Students in the teaching career area pathway may not double-count this course.


 Up to 8 units total of coursework from any of the following prefixes may be included: BIO, BOT, CHEM, GEOL, MCRO, MSCI and PHYS.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 20 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
B2Life Science (4 units in Major) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area C elective(Choose one course from C1-C5)4
Area D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E) 24
D5Upper-division elective (4 units in Support) 10
Area FTechnology
F Upper-division elective (4 units in Support) 10
Total units52

Required in Major or Support; also satisfies GE.


Teaching candidates are advised to take KINE 250.