Enrollment rates on campus have been steadily increasing over the past few years. However, certain departments have seen more dramatic influxes and effluxes than others.
CPP is known for its strong agriculture department.
Over the past 10 years, the College of Agriculture has steadily increased enrollment from 1,436 students to 2,046.
Despite the increasing rate of students, the Animal and Veterinary Sciences program within the college has had a steep decline of students over the past 10 years.
“Our program is impacted, so the University enrollment rates do not affect our program much,” James Alderson, professor for the animal and veterinary sciences department, said.
The Cal State University system marks certain majors as “impacted” when there are more qualified students applying than spaces are available.
The College of Agriculture’s animal health science, general animal science, and animal science (pre-vet) programs are all impacted, which correlates to the lack of enrollment.
However, the human nutrition and food science program is not impacted and has seen enrollment rates skyrocket from 232 students to 666 students over the past 10 years.
CPP’s engineering program is ranked 14th out of all engineering programs with no doctorates according to U.S. News Best Colleges.
The department has the most students out of all eight departments.
This makes it no surprise that enrollment rates for the engineering department have remained consistent over the past 10 years, regardless of the impacted programs.
Six out of the eight engineering programs are impacted.
The impacted programs include aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering.
These programs have remained consistently heavy.
However, the industrial and manufacturing engineering program has had a huge influx over the past 10 years compared to the other programs.
From 155 students to 500 students, the IME program has grown the most within the department.
The growing popularity of the program may stem from the impaction of the others.
The College of Business Administration comes in a close second of total overall students.
Although international business and marketing and management and human resources seem to be the most popular programs, the computer information systems program has grown the most over the past 10 years.
Total enrollment has almost doubled over the past 10 years from 468 students to 835 students.
“Simply put, computer information systems students manage information,” fourth-year computer information systems student Bryce Leung said. “In this economy, information is growing rapidly and businesses need help maintaining information to help solve company problems and optimize the business so that it will run more efficiently.”
According to Leung, the beginning courses of the major had roughly 35 to 40 students per classroom.
However, the upper division courses had more manageable class sizes with a maximum of roughly 25 students.
The amount of women in the classes also dwindled with in the upper division courses.
“Starting off, I would say there’s about three girls out of 10 students,” Leung said. “In the upper divisions, I would say I only saw maybe two or three.”
However, despite its growing rate, Leung noticed most of his peers dropped out of the program.
“I think the major is very tough and people don’t actually understand what the major is,” Leung said.
CPP’s College of Science comes in third with the most students.
Though none of the programs are impacted, the biological sciences program has the most students than any other program on campus with 1,366 students.
Although CPP has 42 majors, students pursue impacted majors in order due to the programs’ reputations.
This has led to strange patterns of influxes and stability amongst the departments across campus.
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