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

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.

College of Agriculture Welcomes Record Number of New Students

On Sept. 4, 2014, California State University, Chico’s College of Agriculture hosted an ice cream social for its new class of 274 students—an unprecedented number. The social gave first-time freshmen and transfer students the chance to get to know College of Agriculture faculty and staff, engage in a scavenger hunt at the farm pavilion and learn more about the different clubs within the college, all while meeting other new students and enjoying some ice cream.

Agriculture Economics Team Competes in National Quiz Bowl

On July 28, 2014, eight California State University, Chico students headed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to test their knowledge of agricultural economics in a national quiz bowl. The Academic Bowl took place during an annual meeting of the Applied Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA).