Animal Science Department

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences


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Statement on Credit/No Credit Grading of Major and Support Courses

Student Computer Requirements


Student Computer Requirements

All students entering the Animal Science and Dairy Science majors – either as a first-time freshman or as a transfer student – are expected to have a laptop computer to ensure access to computing capability at all times and in all locations, helping to support student success. The department specifications provided below are designed to support students’ computing needs through at least four years of Cal Poly instruction. 

The Cal Poly bookstore offers educational discounts for computing hardware. Students who are experiencing financial hardship and who do not have resources available to purchase a computer can contact the Financial Aid Office to determine if any one-time funding may be available. You should email your request to with the subject line: "CAFES Computer Need." Cal Poly provides a host of IT support resources for students.

Major Operating System Size Screen Processor Memory Storage Example
Animal Science Mac or PC 13" or 15" At least full HD screen (1920x1080) Intel Core i5 8 GB ram 512 GB SSD

Dell XPS 15 ~ $1,100 

MacBook Pro ~$1,400

Dairy Science PC 13" or 15" At least full HD screen (1920x1080) Intel Core i5 8 GB ram 512 GB SSD

Dell XPS 15 ~ $1,100 


Animal Science Units Map:

Tentative Course Offerings


Catalog Years:


Change of Major:

Students interested in changing majors into Animal Science must have a minimum Cal Poly cumulative GPA of 3.0 and needs to meet with Dr. Jaymie Noland. Stop by the Animal Science Department for more information. 


Liability Packet 2020-2021

Equine Safety Awareness Handbook (PDF)

Beef Safety

Minor Forms

Field Trips/Travel:



For more information, contact the Animal Science Office at or (805) 756-2419.


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