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

Natalie Holmberg-Douglas – Animal Science

Agriculture students at California State University, Chico are eternally grateful for junior animal science and biochemistry major Natalie Holmberg-Douglas. This semester, the College of Agriculture decided to hire someone to provide free tutoring to College of Agriculture students in chemistry. As secretary of the Chico Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS), and with a cumulative 3.79 GPA, Holmberg-Douglas more than fit the bill. A pre-vet student, Holmberg-Douglas took on the onerous task of double majoring to give her an added advantage when later applying to veterinary schools.

News Flash

Animal Science Students Compete in Academic Quadrathalon

Four students from California State University, Chico competed in the Academic Quadrathalon at the Western Section American Society of Animal Science annual meeting in San Angelo, Texas, June 23-24, 2014. Glenn Blakey, Spencer Downey, Austin Fischer and Kate Moore tied for second in the grueling two-day competition, which included a laboratory practicum, written exam, oral presentation, and quiz bowl. Moore also placed fourth in the undergraduate poster competition, where she presented her research on the effects of brewer’s yeast on growth performance and carcass measures in feedlot finishing steers. 

College of Agriculture Seeks New Dean

CSU, Chico has launched a search for a permanent dean to lead the College of Agriculture, replacing Dr. Jennifer Ryder Fox, who retires this month. As chief academic and administrative officer for the College, the Dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is responsible for administration, development and direction of academic programs of the College of Agriculture. For more information and to view a job posting, please visit our Employment Opportunities page.

CSU, Chico Student Wins California Beef Ambassador Contest

California State University, Chico sophomore Jillian Casacca won the California Beef Ambassador Competition held in San Jose on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Emma Prusch Farm Park. The agricultural business major will move on to the National Beef Ambassador Contest this September. The Humboldt County native first competed at the county level before advancing to the state competition.