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Sustainable Agriculture Minor

Approach modern agricultural problems from a holistic perspective

A minor in Sustainable Agriculture is open to all Cal Poly students. In it, students approach modern agricultural problems from a holistic perspective, emphasizing agricultural planning integrated with ecological principles. Through experience in sustainable agricultural practices, students learn about a farm in the context of an agro-ecosystem: a system whose processes and relationships can be manipulated to allow production with fewer adverse environmental impacts and external inputs. Students develop knowledge and skills involving holistic management, crop production, and adaptive decision-making in a hands-on environment.

To view minor requirements within the Cal Poly Course Catalog, please CLICK HERE.

Faculty advisor for AY 2016-17 is Dr. Ashraf Tubeileh in the Horticulture and Crop Sci Department

Requirement for the minor is completion of five core courses and three electives:

Required core courses

  • AEPS 203  Organic Enterprise (2) 
  • AEPS/AG 315  Organic Agriculture (4) 
  • AG 339  Internship in Agriculture (4)
  • AG 360  Holistic Management (4)
  • NR 324  Social Dimensions of Sustainable Food and Fiber Systems  (4) 

Area Studies / Electives

Students choose one course each from three of the following areas: (at least 4 units must be at 300-400 level)

 

Agriculture & Society Area:
  • AG 350 - The Global Environment (4)
    (Also listed as EDES/ENGR/ISLA/SCM/UNIV 350)
  • AGB 312 - Agricultural Policy (4)
  • GEOG 301 - Geography of Resource Utilization (4)
  • GEOG/ERSC 333 - Human Impact on the Earth (4)
  • NR 142 - Environmental Management (3)
  • SOC 309 - The World System and Its Problems (4)
  • UNIV/POLS 333 - World Food Systems (4)
  • UNIV/PSC/HNRS 391 - Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Development (4)
Production Agriculture Area:
  • AEPS 321 – Weed Biology and Management (4)
  • AEPS 323 – Plant Pathology (4)
  • AEPS 431 – Insect Pest Management (4)
  • AEPS 441 – Biological Control for Pest Management
  • AEPS 445 – Cropping Systems (4)
  • AGB 212 - Agricultural Economics (4)
  • ASCI 221 - Introduction to Beef Production (4)
  • ASCI 223 - Systems of Small Ruminant Management (4)
  • ASCI 311 - Advanced Beef Cattle System Management(4)
  • BRAE 340 - Irrigation Water Management (4)
  • BUS 212 - Financial Accounting for Non-business Majors (4)
  • SS 221 - Fertilizers and Plant Nutrition (4)
  • SS 322 - Soil Plant Relationships (4)
Agroecology Area:
  • ERSC 202 - Soil Erosion and Water Conservation (4)
  • NR 306 - Natural Resource Ecology/Habitat Mgt. (4)
  • NR 323 - Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Management (4)
  • SS 321 - Soil Morphology (4)
  • SS 440 - Forest and Range Soils (4)
Environmental Design Area:
  • AEPS 381 - Native Plants for California Landscapes (4)
  • EDES 406 - Sustainable Environments (4)
  • LA 202 - Design Fundamentals I
  • LA 221 - California Plants and Plant Communities (4)
  • UNIV/PSC/HNRS 392 - Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Design (4)

Prerequisites

For the required courses in the minor, there are no specific course prerequisites, only the prerequisite of completion of GE Areas A and B. For elective courses, all specific prerequisite courses are either lower-division GE courses or required in the major/support for the targeted majors.