Science Bldg. (52), Room E34
Vice Provost International, Graduate and Extended Education: Brian Tietje
Marketing Director, International, Graduate and Extended Education: Elaine Sullivan
Director of Operations: Sandra Harris
Cal Poly Extended Education is a self-support unit that works closely with its university, business, community, and international partners to provide access to Cal Poly’s unique academic programs and educational resources. We offer a diverse range of degrees, professional development certificates, non-credit courses, youth programs and international education programs. Our primary international education program for incoming short term students is VISIT, visit.calpoly.edu.
Information on programs and current courses is listed on our website at extended.calpoly.edu where online registration is available. An Extended Education catalog of course offerings is mailed periodically to community members.
These programs are offered on a self-support, special session basis in cooperation with colleges on campus.
|Program name||Program type|
|Fire Protection Engineering||MS|
|Dairy Products Technology||MPS|
|Packaging Value Chain||MS|
|Program name||Program type|
|Fire Protection Engineering Applications||Graduate Certificate|
|Fire Protection Engineering Science||Graduate Certificate|
This option enables adequately prepared members of the community to enroll in individual Cal Poly courses on a space available basis. Open University is a non-degree registration option. Limits as to the number of credits earned through Open University may apply when seeking admission to a degree program.
Enrollment forms and guidelines for registering may be obtained on the website: openuniversity.calpoly.edu two weeks prior to the beginning of each quarter. To view further details and calendar deadlines, please visit openuniversity.calpoly.edu. Enrollment in Open University is available year round.
Cal Poly Extended Education manages a self-support Summer Term which provides over 400 academic classes to matriculated Cal Poly students and community members. Summer Term is typically scheduled in four sessions: 5-week (2), 8-week, and 10-week.
Offered during 4 weeks prior to Fall term, Quarter Plus is an intensive academic program for incoming Cal Poly freshmen. More information on Quarter Plus is available on quarterplus.calpoly.edu.
For those desiring to upgrade their skills or knowledge, Extended Education offers a wide range of educational opportunities ranging from professional certificate programs to one-day seminars. These courses may offer academic credit, continuing education units (CEUs), or be offered on a non-credit basis.
Current Professional Certificates
|Program name||Program type|
|Business Analytics||Professional Certificate|
|Packaging Value Chain||Professional Certificate|
|FEED (Farmer Experiential Education and Development)||Professional Certificate|
|Wine Industry||Professional Certificate|
Challenges of time and distance often make it impractical for individuals to travel to campus for classroom-based education opportunities. To address this problem, Extended Education offers many online education programs.
These programs cover a wide range of subjects including applied technology, graphic communications and professional training. A complete listing of programs and courses is available at extended.calpoly.edu.
Corporate and Organizational Training
Extended Education will customize training to meet the specific needs of a business, corporation, or organization. This process starts with a needs assessment and continues through design, implementation and evaluation. Past clients include PG&E, the State of California, and the CA Forest Service.
Extended Education offers a variety of Life and Culture non- credit programs throughout the year, from painting to writing, languages to sausage making. During the year, Extended Education periodically offers day camps for 5-8 grade students.
How to Read Course Descriptions
The bolded first line begins with a capitalized abbreviation that designates the subject area followed by the course number and title. The unit value is also displayed.
CR/NC: Indicates a course is offered on a Credit/No Credit grading basis only.
GE Area: Indicates the General Education (GE) Area for which the course may fulfill a requirement. See the course description for details.
USCP: Indicates that credit in the course satisfies the U.S. Cultural Pluralism requirement.
GWR: Indicates the course will satisfy the Graduation Writing Requirement, if the student earns a grade of C or better AND receives certification of proficiency in writing based on a 500-word in-class essay.
Term Typically Offered: F = Fall quarter, W = Winter quarter, SP = Spring quarter, SU = Summer quarter
Prerequisite: Coursework to be completed and/or requirements to be met before taking the course
Corequisite: Course or courses that must be taken in a previous term or in the same term
Concurrent: Course or courses that must be taken in the same term
Recommended: Course with supporting content that is recommended, but is not required to be taken in a previous term or in the same term
The course description summarizes the purpose and key topical areas of the course, and includes special requirements if they exist. It indicates the mode of instruction, such as lecture and/or laboratory; if no mode is indicated, the course is supervised independent study. If a course can be taken more than once for credit, the description will indicate that either major credit or total credit is limited to a specified number of units. Some course descriptions end with information about whether the course was "formerly" another course or whether the course is cross-listed. A cross-listed course is the same course offered within multiple subject areas, MCRO/WVIT 301 Wine Microbiology for example.
GS 597. Continued Graduate Study. 1-15 units
Prerequisite: Must be in good standing in a graduate program at Cal Poly.
Activities other than regular coursework that are needed to complete the requirements for the degree. Analysis of data, thesis and project report writing, oral defense of the thesis/project, preparation for the comprehensive exam, and other activities related to the culminating experience for the student's program. Can be used to fulfill the continuous enrollment requirement for graduate students. Units earned in this course may not be used toward degree completion. Credit/No Credit grading only. Total credit limited to 15 units; repeatable in same term.