CSU, Chico

College of Agriculture


If it were just food and fiber, it would be indispensable. But agriculture is more than that. It’s both the promise of sustenance for a hungry world and a source of enjoyment in a demanding world. It is education and entertainment. It is land use and landscape. It is natural sustainability and national security.

It is a confluence of biology, chemistry, physics, genetics, engineering, meteorology, biotechnology, economics, finance, marketing, packaging, distribution, sales, and sociology. Essentially, agriculture is life.

For 60 years, the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico has impacted the quality of life in California and across the nation by educating and equipping agricultural leaders who have the theoretical knowledge, practical experience, and decision-making ability that allows them to excel in their chosen career. The close, friendly nature of our college, combined with an integrated agricultural curriculum and remarkable access to hands-on education, creates a fertile learning environment for our students and the agriculture industry we serve.

Student Spotlight

Jorge Mendoza, Animal Science

Senior animal science major Jorge Mendoza is well known for his success within the College of Agriculture. So it may come as a surprise to learn that his original intention was to work in the pharmaceutical industry.

News Flash

Sierra Oro Passport Weekend Brings Visitors to CSU, Chico University Farm

The ninth annual Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend took place Oct. 11–12, 2014, providing visitors the opportunity to explore 29 of Butte County’s finest wineries and specialty farms. California State University, Chico’s University Farm was offered as a stop along the farm trail, bringing faculty, students, and staff together to showcase the Paul L. Byrne Memorial Agriculture Teaching and Research Center to approximately 600 visitors. 

College of Agriculture Students Awarded ARPAS Scholarships

California State University, Chico agriculture students J.P. Thompson and Kenzi Wattenburger were awarded scholarships from the California American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) on Oct. 1, 2014. ARPAS provides certification of animal scientists through examination, continuing education and commitment to a code of ethics. 

Chico State Novice Judging Team Wins in Medford, Oregon

On Sept. 26, 2014, California State University, Chico’s novice and advanced livestock judging teams headed to Medford, Ore., to compete in their first competition of the year against collegiate judging teams from throughout the Western United States. The novice team of Justine Henderson, James Purkey, Bailey Roberts, Shaylynn Beam, Gino Farinelli and Billy Arrioga placed highest in its division, with a majority of the team’s individuals placing in the top of the contest.