Applicable Terms


Fall 2019
Fall 2020

Agricultural Systems Management


Selection to all majors is competitive. Cal Poly continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. All students must declare a major when submitting their application. Cal Poly comprehensively reviews all applications as we look for students who have strong academic records and are active in and outside the classroom. Beyond the basic qualifications for the California State University, Cal Poly considers other factors for admission and does so in an objective format. In fact, it is impossible to predict an applicant’s chances of admission by looking at the academic record alone. That is why when an application is reviewed, we consider:

  • Number of units completed
  • Your intended program of study (the major to which an application is submitted)
  • Completion of CSU and Cal Poly program required coursework with a grade of ‘C’ or better
  • General Education or IGETC courses
  • Academic performance in your classes (GPA)
  • Your extracurricular and work experience as specified on the supplemental application for admission

All transfer applicants must have a minimum of 60 transferable semester (90 quarter) units completed prior to transfer. For Fall Term admission, applicants must have the coursework completed no later than the end of the previous Spring Term.


Applicants will receive consideration for any General Education courses completed, but those who have all GE-Breadth or IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) completed will receive maximum consideration in this category. “Completion” refers to:

Completion of the CSU lower-division GE requirements—39 units—including the U.S. History and American Institutions requirement
Completion of IGETC—37 units—including the graduation requirements in History and Political Science (Area 4F), Government and Legal Institutions (4H)

Note: If your current institution does not have a GE-Breadth or IGETC curriculum, reference Cal Poly’s General Education curriculum at this link.


Courses listed below are important in applying to this major and you maximize (but not guarantee) your chance of selection by taking them. Fall Term applicants must complete these units by the Spring, not Summer, preceding their term of enrollment to receive consideration in the admission selection process.

Courses listed in bold are required for selection to this major. You will not be competitive in the selection process without them! Again, completing all listed courses maximizes your competiveness in the selection process, but does not guarantee selection.

NOTE: Use to identify the articulation (course equivalencies) between Cal Poly and California Community Colleges for these courses. Be sure to use the corresponding academic year in which you completed the course. Out-of-state and four-year transfer students may have to compare their catalog course descriptions with Cal Poly’s catalog to identify the equivalent course content for these courses. Cal Poly is unable to evaluate transcripts prior to selection.


English Composition Required

Critical Thinking
Preferably a course that articulates with:
ENGL 145/Reasoning, Argumentation, and Writing
Or ENGL 148/Reasoning, Argumentation and Professional Writing

Speech Required

Courses that articulate with:
MATH 119/Precalculus Trigonometry

Or STAT 217/Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods


MATH 221/Calculus for Business and Economics


A course that articulates with:
CHEM 110/World of Chemistry
Or CHEM 127/General Chemistry 1


A course that articulates with:
PHYS 121/College Physics I


Major Related 1*
Courses that articulate with:
BRAE 133/Introduction to Engineering Design Graphics,
BRAE 151/CAD for Agricultural Engineering,
SS 121/Introductory Soil Science,

BRAE 237/Intro to Engineering Surveying

Or BRAE 239/Engineering Surveying


Major Related 2*
A course that articulates with:

BUS 212/Financial Accounting for Nonbusiness Majors
Or BUS 214/Financial Accounting


Major Related 3*
A course that articulates with:
AGB 212/Agricultural Economics

Or ECON 221/Microenconomics


*These courses correspond to the Major Related section of the supplemental application for admission for this major.

Please Note: All information is subject to change without prior notice.

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