Applicable Terms


Fall 2019
Fall 2020

BioResource & Agricultural Engineering


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 it is not expected that transfer students to this major will have full completion of all GE-Breadth or IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) requirements. English Composition and Speech are mandatory requirements.

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
Speech Required

Courses that articulate with:
MATH 141/Calculus I,
MATH 142/Calculus II,
MATH 143/Calculus III,
And MATH 241/Calculus IV


Courses that articulate with:
PHYS 141/General Physics 1A,
PHYS 132/General Physics II,
And PHYS 133/General Physics III


A course that articulates with:
MCRO 221/Microbiology                            
Or BIO 213/Life Science for Engineers

BMED 213/Bioengineering Fundamentals

Or BRAE 213/Bioengineering Fundamentals


Courses that articulate with:
CHEM 124/General Chemistry for the Engineering Disciplines I

CHEM 125/General Chemistry for Engineering Disciplines II


Major Related 1*
Courses that articulate with:

BRAE 133/Introduction to Engineering Design Graphics,        
BRAE 151/CAD for Agricultural Engineering,
And BRAE 239/Engineering Surveying


Major Related 2*
A course that articulates with:

CSC 231/Programming for Engineering Students
Or CSC 232/Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineeers
Or CSC 234/C and Unix


Major Related 3*
Courses that articulate with:

SS 121/Introductory Soil Science


ME 211/Engineering Statics


ME 212/Engineering Dynamics


*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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