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Undergraduate Programs

We offer a range of majors and several emphases. Our programs are rigorous and led by top-notch faculty who foster a supportive environment.

It’s here that students develop the critical thinking skills needed to solve complex problems in science, engineering, and natural resources, and they leave here well-prepared for professional careers or graduate school.

Biology

Recognized by national organizations for outstanding preparation of students, programs cover the entire breadth of biology. Includes several emphases: Cellular & Molecular Biology, Environmental Biology, Ecology & Biodiversity, General Biology, Life Science Teacher Preparation, Marine Biology, or Microbiology.

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Botany

One of the best programs of its kind in the country and recognized by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Students have access to the largest greenhouse in the CSU system and an extensive collection of pressed plants in the herbarium.

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Chemistry

A proven pathway to the nation's best graduate and professional programs. The B.S. degree also prepares students for graduate school, while the B.A. degree provides more general knowledge of chemistry and is recommended for those who wish to obtain a specialized secondary education teaching credential.

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Computer Science

Offers a rigorous and balanced core of mathematical, theoretical, and practical knowledge about computation to prepare students for roles in industry, service, and research.

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Environmental Resources Engineering

One of the largest and oldest accredited undergraduate environmental engineering programs in the country. Emphasizes the application of engineering skills to planning, design, and management problems involving environmental resources.

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Environmental Science & Management

Combines general science with specialized courses in natural resources education, conservation, planning, management, restoration, policy, and energy and climate science. Many faculty are considered leaders in their field, and some of the most respected in the nation.

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Fisheries Biology

Among the largest and best in the United States, the undergraduate fisheries biology program produces graduates who can assess, develop, and manage fish populations, fish habitats, and recreational and commercial fisheries.

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Forestry

Nationally recognized and one of the largest in the United States, the program provides access to millions of acres of forestland managed by various national, private and industrial forests, and state and national parks.

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Geology

HSU’s location provides a unique natural laboratory to study tectonics, earthquakes, landsliding, shifting rivers, and rapid erosion. Graduates are sought after for jobs in both the private and public sector.

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Mathematics

A lively, student-centered program distinguished for its production of future scholars, pioneering work in math education, and expertise in the application of mathematical principles to environmental sciences.

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Oceanography

One of the only undergraduate oceanography programs in California. Over 80 percent of graduates get jobs related to their Oceanography degree or go on to master’s or Ph.D. programs at some of the world’s best graduate schools.

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Physics & Astronomy

Designed for students expecting to conduct research or development in government or private industry, interested in graduate school, or preparing to teach at any level.

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Rangeland Resource Science

Provides a sound basis for the sustainable use and management of rangeland ecosystems. Includes field study at local private ranches and state or federal land. Builds a foundation in the biological and physical sciences.

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Wildlife

A nationally recognized program whose alumni hold many top jobs in the profession. Courses focus on large mammals, waterfowl, upland game and non-game (e.g. herps, shorebirds, birds of prey, or neotropical passerines)

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Zoology

Provides access to HSU’s vertebrate museums and nearby marine lab, and large populations of native animals, with several opportunities for independent and faculty-mentored studies.

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