The mission and vision of the Agricultural Education and Communication Department is to develop leaders, educators, and communicators to advance and advocate for the agricultural industry in a global economy.
Whether teaching the students of California about the application of science, management, fiber and natural resource systems or sharing the compelling story of agriculture, our graduates help shape public opinion about this billion-dollar industry.
Students studying to become agriculture teachers explore what it is like to be a veterinarian, agricultural mechanic, horticulturist, agronomist, livestock producer, poultry producer, rancher and agricultural leader. Cal Poly teacher candidates are required to complete a full semester of student teaching in a California high school.
In addition to the department's long history of leadership and service to the state's agricultural education profession, it also boasts California's only agricultural communication major, widely considered one of the country's premier undergraduate programs. Through a partnership with the university's Brock Center for Agricultural Communication, plus unique Learn by Doing opportunities, students gain the necessary knowledge to be effective communicators who are fully equipped to promote agriculture and serve the needs of the industry.
If interested in applying to our department, please visit the Admissions web page for more information on Cal Poly, or email any questions or comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call our department at 805-756-2803.
- Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science
- Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communication
- Credential Program in Agriculture
- Master of Agricultural Education Degree
Learn by Doing
Cal Poly's historical commitment to Learn by Doing means an emphasis on hands-on and project based learning. Students have the opportunity to teach in a classroom, work in a greenhouse, or participate numerous collegiate contests. These experiences give our students an edge by getting hands-on, real world examples and working closely with the field they will go into after graduating.