The Cal Poly Agricultural Education and Communication Department's contribution to the agriculture industry is unparalleled in preparing passionate leaders to advance agricultural education and communication.
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.
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- Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science
- Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communication
- Credential Program in Agriculture
- Master of Agricultural Education Degree
Clubs and Organizations
Alpha Zeta is a professional fraternity established to develop and to encourage leadership in the field of Agriculture. Its members must possess the basic qualities of leadership, high scholarship, sound character, fine fellowship, and also must desire to use these qualities in Agriculture.
Agribusiness Management / National Agricultural Marketing Association Club
The ABM/NAMA club is a great way for students to learn about the agribusiness industry. The club allows students to attend industry conventions, compete in marketing competitions, and network with agribusiness professionals. Being involved in the club is also a great way to meet and socialize with other students.
Each winter, Cal Poly’s Agribusiness Management club organizes the Ag Showcase. Over 80 companies participate in this job fair, which allows students to network with company representatives and to learn about internship and job opportunities.
Students that are on the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) marketing competition team have the opportunity to create and present a complete marketing plan for a new agricultural or food product. The team begins working at the end of fall quarter each year, with their work culminating at the national competition in April in Kansas City where the team competes against teams from nearly 40 other universities. Being a part of the NAMA team exposes students to a rich and rewarding experience that takes learning out of the classroom and into a real world environment where they are engaged, under pressure, and challenged.
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 in the NAMA competition mentioned above. These experiences give our students an edge by getting their hands dirty and working closely with the field they will go into after graduating.