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

Report Details Ag’s Economic Contributions

Nearly one in five jobs in northeastern California, and 16 percent of all economic activity in the region, is connected to agriculture, according to a report issued by the Agribusiness Institute at California State University, Chico. 

Tuesday Last Day for Peaches

The U-Pick Peach Orchard at the California State University, Chico Paul L. Byrne Memorial University Farm will close for the season on Tuesday, August 12. 

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.