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College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Recognized as a global leader in undergraduate agricultural education.

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) offers degrees in sustainable agriculture, food systems, and the environmental and life sciences. We bring learning into the field, the farm and the forest in order to meet the diverse agricultural and environmental needs of California and our global society.

San Luis Obispo, California


Explore Our Majors

Cal Poly's six academic colleges offer more than 60 majors for you to consider.

We require students to declare a major as part of the application process in order to maximize their experience in their chosen field from Day One. While changing your major may be possible, we recommend you explore majors thoroughly before making your choice.

Learn by Doing

With access to living laboratories including ranch lands, orchards, vineyards and forests, we offer many opportunities for real-world learning while earning a degree. From managing forests across California to protecting communities at risk of wildfire to creating sustainable food systems, students gain the experience and knowledge to ensure they will be ready to make a difference in their professional lives on day one.

Student kneeling and studying a strawberry plant.

Monitor Crops from the Sky

Work with a drone to take aerial photos to measure various factors of crop health and analyze how they grow over time. 

Viticulture students learning to produce wine

Produce Your Own Wine

The new JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture will give students access to all aspects of winemaking.

Animal Science students with foal

Help Birth a Foal

Care for and handle a pregnant mare and her foal throughout the process at the Oppenheimer Family Equine Center.

Career Opportunities

Gallo Vineyard

Our graduates are highly sought after by a broad cross-section of employers including Apple, Gallo, J.G. Boswell, the Wonderful Company and many more, as well as prestigious graduate programs across the country. Regardless, of what one decides to do after graduation, the education they receive will prepares them to make a difference on Day One.


Michael Bush, the Director of the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, planting a tree with students

Our faculty are well-connected with – and in many instances come from – many of the top companies in agriculture, food and other related industries. This real-world expertise creates a collaborative environment where students and faculty work together to solve tomorrow's problems, today.

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