The Department has two student clubs offering activities and experiences for professional and personal development, as well as campus and community service.
Faculty believe that involvement in student activities is essential to career preparation as it provides opportunities for networking and development of management skills . Faculty are able to write stronger letters of recommendation for those students involved in these activities.
Meetings are routinely held during the "University Hour" on Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. The clubs are also involved in special events during the year with the College of Agriculture and other Cal Poly campus-wide events. They usually plan a Holiday Party during December and an Awards banquet at the end of the academic year.
FN Forum is open to all Human Nutrition and Food Science Majors. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of the month. An attempt is made to schedule a variety of meetings to interest students in all of the career options: dietetics, business, and food science. Speakers are frequently invited to discuss careers, internships, and job opportunities. The FN Forum participates in the College of Ag Open House, Fall Festival, and professional meetings.
Phi Upsilon Omicron is a national honor society for Foods and Nutrition majors. Students must meet national and chapter criteria to be eligible for membership. Phi U activities center on leadership, service and professional development. Students attend the national conclave and carry out a professional project.
Ag Council is composed of representatives from all clubs in the College of Agriculture. Ag Council allocates funds to the student clubs, organizes college-wide events, and organizes participation by all college clubs in ASI (Associated Students, Incorporated) and college/university-wide activities. Involvement in Ag Council provides another great opportunity for involvement, experience and leadership.
Ag Ambassadors work with the College of Agriculture Director of Recruitment. They visit high schools and staff informational fairs to inform prospective students about the opportunities in the College of Ag, and especially in the department of Human Nutrition and Food Science.