A Look at Our Polytechnic Universities
April 5, 2012
By Stephanie Thara
With a heavy emphasis on applying theory to practice, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly Pomona have integrated a “learn by doing” philosophy to all aspects of it curriculum and are at the forefront of producing skilled professionals that will help grow the agriculture industry.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences offers students ample hands-on experience in state-of-the-art laboratories as well as access to the university's 10,000 acres of ranchland, orchards, vineyards and forests—also known as Cal Poly's "living laboratories."
In addition to producing its own dairy products, wine and organic produce, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo maintains a collection of research centers that help lead the agriculture industry into the future. Offering degrees in agribusiness, animal science, agricultural engineering, dairy science, food science, plant science and natural resources management, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo provides students an opportunity to learn new technology and blend it into an educational experience that prepares them for today's scientific and technical world.
At Cal Poly Pomona, students are able to: create smarter pet food and see a foal born and bred in the Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department; learn how to run a farm or sell animal pharmaceuticals in Agribusiness Management; develop healthy foods that taste good, process better, ship well and last longer in Food Science and Technology; and genetically engineer new plants that help solve food, fuel and pharmaceutical problems in the Plant Sciences Department.
Cal Poly Pomona maintains the W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, which is home to approximately 85 purebred Arabian horses used in Equine Sciences’ teachings, outreach and research. Additionally, the university’s sheep and swine unit, meat science facility, beef unit, and Center for Antimicrobial Research and Food Safety test and create more organic, sustainable and safer practices and products.