The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
California State University, Fresno is the largest institution of higher learning
in California’s Central Valley. Our programs, projects and partnerships extend from
the campus into the entire region, state and nation. This is a university where knowledge,
innovation and leadership intersect, a place where energy and excellence thrive, and
where your promising future can begin. Within the university, the Jordan College of
Agricultural Sciences and Technology engages in teaching, research and outreach to
improve the environment and quality of life across our campus, in our community and
around the globe as the first CSU university to be part of the United Nations Global Compact.
The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology offers high quality undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs in the major areas of agricultural business; animal sciences and agricultural education; food science and nutrition; industrial technology; plant science; and viticulture and enology. Faculty and students conduct applied research and public service in selected areas of agriculture, food sciences, industrial technology, and family sciences. Programs combine a science, technology and management focus with experiential learning. The College seeks to enhance the ability of students to be successful in their chosen careers and to make positive contributions to the quality of life in their communities.
The Jordan College maintains an enrollment of approximately 1,700 undergraduate and 100 graduate students from diverse backgrounds up and down the state of California, as well as from nations across the globe. On campus and throughout the community, our students engage in learning science, technology and management not just in the classroom, but by experience – on our 1,000-acre on-campus University Agricultural Laboratory. And these are not the only activity opportunities: Students enjoy active lifestyles on campus through social and athletic events and gain a sense of community by participating in more than 250 clubs and organizations, including more than 30 within the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.
Celebrating our 100th anniversary in 2022 as an official agricultural academic program, courses were taught on campus even earlier going back to 1914. Emphasis in specialized courses back then was similar today and included agricultural education, animal husbandry, farm equipment, and crop, orchard and vegetable production. The first of nine Deans (Eugene Egan) was hired in 1947 with a group of nine faculty who left indelible marks still felt on our programs still today (see picture to left). The campus farm lab, now known as the University Agricultural Laboratory, moved to its current location in 1954 from its former location at the Hammer Air Force FIeld (which was acquired in 1947-48, and now is home to the Fresno Yosemite International Airport and National Guard base). Learn more here
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