Cal Poly Pomona

Degree Requirements

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The primary function of the Agricultural Education Program is the preparation of teachers of agricultural education for the public secondary schools of California. Specialized preprofessional and professional courses are offered for undergraduate and graduate (fifth year) students. Technological, scientific, and broad general education course work for agriculture teaching candidates is offered throughout the College of Agriculture and other Colleges including the College of Education and Integrative Studies.

Students with an interest in becoming agriculture teachers are advised to enroll in the agricultural science major and obtain a B.S. degree, or they may complete a B.S. degree in one of the other approved majors in the College of Agriculture. Agricultural Science majors and all students who wish teacher certification are required to show competency in four areas of agriculture. This can be accomplished by completing the subject matter program in agriculture or receiving a passing score on the SSAT in Agriculture.

In addition to coursework in four areas of agriculture, students who plan to teach agriculture must have two years of practical experience in agriculture and must complete an Agricultural Specialist Credential. The Agricultural Specialist Credential requires a minimum of 45 additional units beyond the B.S. degree. Some of the graduate work may be applied towards a Master of Science in Agriculture, Agricultural Science option. Enrollment in a Single Subjects Credential program is required in order to qualify for student teaching. Candidates for the Single Subjects teaching credential who are not agricultural science majors are advised to wisely use the electives available in their major in order to complete required teaching credential courses which are not normally specified in their undergraduate major. Because of the wide range of variables involved, all candidates for teaching certification are urged to consult the Agricultural Education Program as early as possible in their college careers.

For students wishing to obtain a Master of Science in Agriculture, such a degree has been approved with an option in Agricultural Science.

Required of all students. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required in core courses including option courses for the major in order to receive a degree in the major. Students interested in teaching should see the Teacher Preparation section for additional secondary education requirements.

Orientation to the College of Agriculture AG 100 1
Agriculture and the Modern World AG 101 4
Development of Leadership Skills AG 464 3
Agronomic Practices AGR 120/120L 4
Development of Competitive Activities AGS 250 2
Introduction to Agricultural Education Programs AGS 300 3
Agriculture Skills and Facilities AGS 420/420A 3
Field Experiences in Agriculture Education AGS 441 4
Senior Project AGS 461 2
Senior Project AGS 462 2
Feeds and Feeding AVS 101/101L 4
Animal Science I AVS 112 4
Animal Science I laboratory AVS 114 1
Animal Science II AVS 113 4
Animal Science II Laboratory AVS 115 1
Companion Animal Care AVS 128 4
Principles of Market Animal Evaluation AVS 240/240L 2/1
Accounting for Agribusiness FMA 324 4
Agribusiness Enterprise Management FMA 328 4
Horiticulture Principles and Practices HOR 131/131L 4
Basic Soil Science SS 231/231L 4
Select 11 units from LIS, AE courses   11
Select 3 courses from among the following (10-12 units):   Unit(s)
Pesticides and Hazardous Materials Laws AGB 301 3
Weeds and Weed Control AGR 330/330L 3
Crop Ecology AGR 401 4
Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture AGR 437/437L 4
Greenhouse Management HOR 323/323L 4
Landscape Management HOR 443/443L 4
Select 2 courses from among the following (7-8 units):   Unit(s)
Introduction to Arthropods AGB 165/165L 4
Culiinary Produce Technology AGR 222 4
Vegetable Crop Systems AGR 226/226L 4
Introduction to Fruit Science .FI 101/101L 4
Plant Propagation HOR 132/132L 3

Required of all studen

Secondary School Health Education KIN 442 3
Fundamentals of Physics PHY 102 4
Unrestricted Electives   11

Required of all students

Students should consult the catalog website <http://www.csupomona. edu/~academic/catalog/> for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated below, see the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

Area A    
1.Freshmen English 1 ENG 104 4
2.Public Speaking COM 100 4
3.Critical Thinking PHL 202 4
Area B    
1. Statistics STA 120 4
2. Collge Chemistry and Collge Chemistry/Lab CHM 121/121L 3/1
3. Basic Biology BIO 115/L 5
4. Select one course from approved list   4
Area C    
1. History of Garden Art HOR 214 4
2. Ethics PHL 204 4
3. Elementary Spanish FL 151 4
4. Select one course from approved list   4
Area D    
1. Introduction to American Goverment and United States History PLS 201 & HST 202 4/4
2. Global Resources for Food or United States History IA 101/HST 201 4
3. Culture, People, and Dress AMM 108 4
4. Ethnical Issues in Food, Agricultural and Apparel Industries AG 401 4
Area E    
General Psychology PSY 201 4


Subject Matter Program
Those qualifying for a credential through course work rather than the SSAT must complete the following:

18 units in Animal and/or Veterinary Science.
18 units in Agricultural Mechanics, Agricultural Engineering, or Landscape Irrigation.
8 units in Agricultural Business Management and/or Farm Management/ Agricultural Economics.
26 units in a combination of courses in Agronomy, Plant Science, Soils, and Ornamental Horticulture, and Agricultural Biology.

Students who are Agricultural Science majors automatically meet this requirement as a part of their degree requirements. Cal Poly Ag Ed Students

Others should consult with the Agricultural Education Coordinator. In addition to a B.S. in Agriculture, students preparing to student teach must complete requirements for the Single Subjects Credential. The courses to be taken are required of all teaching credential candidates
regardless of subject matter area.

A minimum of 45 graduate credit units are required for the Single Subject Credential. A complete listing of these courses may be obtained from the Teacher Education Department.

In addition to a B.S. in Agriculture, students preparing to teach agriculture must complete the requirements for the single subjects credential and the requirements for the Agricultural Specialist
Credential. The courses include

Introduction to Agricultural Education Programs AGS 300 3
Special Study AGS 400 2
Agriculture Skills and Facilities AGS 420/420A 3
Program Planning and Development AGS 430 3
Teaching Methods in Agriculture AGS 440 4
Early Field Experience in AGS. Ed AGS 441 4
Youth and Adult Leadership Program AGS 505/505A 3

Students are also required to have a concentration of 27 units, including 9 upper division, in one area of agriculture. This is generally completed as an undergraduate. A minimum of two years of verified work experience in agriculture is also required. A total of 45 graduate credit units are required for the Agricultural Specialist Credential.

Students may complete the requirements for both the Single Subject and the Agricultural Specialist Credentials concurrently. A limited number of courses may be taken at the undergraduate level. Students should consult with the Agricultural Education program coordinator prior to enrolling in any courses to be used for credentialing purposes.

AGS 250 Development of Competitive Agricultural Activities (2)
The philosophy and development of competitive activities for students of agriculture. Selection of contest officials, development of contest patterns, scoring of placing cards, and publications of results. Use of the California Curricular Code. Practical application of this class will occur with the operation of Agriculture Field Day. 2 lectures.

AGS 299/299A/299L Special Topics for Lower Division Students (1-4)
Group study of a selected topic, the title to be specified in advance. Total credit limited to 8 units with a maximum of 4 units per quarter. Instruction is by lecture, laboratory, activity, or a combination. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

AGS 300 Introduction to Agricultural Education Programs (3)
Overview of agriculture programs including goals and purposes. Qualifications essential to success in agricultural education. Programs of studies to meet requirements for instruction in agriculture. 3 lecture discussions.

AGS 400 Special Study for Upper Division Students (1-2)
Individual or group investigation, research, studies, or surveys of selected problems. Total credit limited to 4 units, with a maximum of 2 units per quarter.

AGS 420/420A Agriculture Skills and Facilities (2/1)
Development, operation, and management of agriculture facilities. Skills necessary for classroom, laboratory, and school farm instruction in agricultural education will be demonstrated. Emphasis will be on facility management and individual skills development and assessments. 2 lectures, 1 activity. Concurrent enrollment required.

AGS 430 Program Planning and Development (3)
Study of career opportunities in agriculture. Program development in such areas as the Future Farmers of America, and other youth groups.
Supervised practice including cooperative work experience in agriculture. Development of up-to-date approaches in an integrated program. Operating policies and procedures. 3 lectures/problem-solving.

AGS 440/440A Procedures in Agricultural Education (2/2)
Approaches to the learning process and development of daily and unit plans as well as the utilization of resources. Class demonstration in teaching procedures with emphasis being given to J.I.T., micro-teaching, and the development of pedagogical skills including development analysis and evaluation. 2 lectures, 2 activity periods. Concurrent enrollment required.

AGS 441 Field Experiences in Agricultural Education (4)
An overview of Agricultural Education in the public schools. Professional type experience new to the student so that a valuable contribution toward career development results. Supervised, focused observation/participation at the secondary school level. Written reports necessary.

AGS 450/450A Field Practices and Supervision (1/2)
Organization and implementation of an instructional program in agricultural education. Field application of Future Farmers of America, supervised practice, and classroom instruction. 1 lecture, 2 activity. Concurrent enrollment required.

AGS 461, 462 Senior Project (2) (2)
Selection and completion of a project under faculty supervision. Projects typical of problems which graduates must solve in their fields of employment. Project results are presented in a formal report. Minimum 120 hours total.

AGS 499/499A/499L Special Topics for Upper Division Students (1-4)
Group study of a selected topic, the title to be specified in advance. Total credit limited to 8 units with a maximum of 4 units per quarter. Instruction is by lecture, laboratory, or a combination of both. Graduate courses are listed in the graduate section of this catalog. Prerequisite:
permission of instructor.