Are you interested in animals? Growing things? Biology and chemistry? Making food healthier or safer? Clothing? Sustainability and the environment? Do you want an involving career that has a direct impact beyond pure scientific research?
A degree from Cal Poly Pomona College of Agriculture will equip you with the hands-on skills, experiences, and contacts to build a long-term career in something you’re passionate about.
Learn by doing, in the field as well as the classroom
Our hands-on approach to learning makes course work fun, involving, and connected to the real world. You’ll learn the principles of good science, and apply them in lab and field work. See your foal bred and born in Animal Science. Turn a desert into paradise in Plant Science. Test nutritional therapies. Delve into DNA. Merchandise an apparel line. Join the Western Collegiate Food Marketing Team to hone your business skills. Teach Agriculture in a real classroom.
Make contacts in industry
We have sponsors, partners, and research contacts at leading Southern California companies in every category, from food to fashion to fertilizer. You’ll have opportunities to do research, special projects and internships that get you in front of prospective employers. Our graduates are in demand because of their practical career preparation.
Focus on sustainability
Whatever your major, you’ll learn ways that your specialty can contribute to a sustainable planet and help the environment. For more detail, go to our sustainability page.
Unique centers and facilities
When you visit the homepage for each major, you’ll see links to unique facilities. For example, Animal Science has the Arabian Horse Center and the Meat Lab. Apparel has two micro-businesses run by students, and a technology research center. Plant Science has 40,000 square feet of state-of-the-art greenhouses.
Get the support you need
A huge percentage of our students live at home and/or work. But we don’t feel like a commuter college. Our accessible faculty members go the extra mile to help students succeed. We’re small enough to give personal attention. The atmosphere is friendly, not cut-throat competitive.
Dean Lester C. Young
The beginning of the New Millennium is developing a bright sunrise for the College of Agriculture. Over the past few years we have undergone a transformation from a small production based college into a more modern, urban inclusive college of agriculture. The inclusion of the food industry, as part of our corporate base, has enabled the college to embrace everything, literally, from the farm to the plate. more
Enjoy our open spaces
Drive onto campus and you’re in another world with wide open spaces, close to animals and nature. Horses from our world famous W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Farm graze in green pastures. Prize livestock, from cattle to goats, roam 1,400 acres. Crops flourish in farmland. Agriscapes showcases the latest in sustainable agriculture. Plant Science students keep the campus blooming.
Get involved in the community
There are all kinds of opportunities to help. The pet therapy program raises the spirits of hospital patients. Food Science and Plant Science team up to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to underserved neighborhoods. The pumpkin festival is an annual community tradition.