Mission, Vision & Values

Mission

The College of Natural Resources and Sciences provides high quality education through student-centered, hands-on learning in inclusive learning environments; collaborates with campus and community partners; serves the region and the State of California; prepares students to be scientifically literate global citizens who incorporate diverse cultural and cross-disciplinary knowledge systems into their work; and carries out transformative research that advances scientific understanding and benefits all members of society.

Vision

The College of Natural Resources & Sciences aspires to accomplish by Fall 2024:

  • Provide a high-quality education through student-centered, hands-on learning in inclusive environments,
  • Prepare students to be scientifically literate global citizens who incorporate diverse cultural and cross-disciplinary knowledge systems into their work,
  • Graduate STEM professionals to meet state and national needs,
  • Collaborate with campus and community partners,
  • Carry out transformative research that advances scientific understanding and benefits all members of society.

 Values

In the College of Natural Resources and Sciences, we value:

  • Self-directed lifelong learning with transferrable professional skills
  • Excellence in hands-on field and laboratory learning, student-centered learning, and other evidence-based pedagogies
  • Our responsibility as a Hispanic Serving Institution and to support students historically underrepresented in the sciences
  • Investment in the physical, emotional, and mental health of students, staff, and faculty
  • Native American cultures and indigenous knowledge
  • Environmental stewardship and social justice
  • The North Coast of California as a natural laboratory for teaching and research
  • High quality academic and career advising tailored to students’ individual needs.
  • The teacher-scholar model for faculty
  • Undergraduate and graduate student research, discovery, and innovation.
  • Interdisciplinarity in education and research
  • Professional development of faculty and staff