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

Ashley Hautala—Agriculture Education

If she’s not on campus or taking a spontaneous road trip with friends, you may see Ashley Hautala serving you your latest coffee craving at a Chico Dutch Bros. Hautala has a willingness to serve not at work but also to the community in which she lives. 

News Flash

CSU, Chico Places First at ASAS Western Section Regional Academic Quadrathlon

For the second year in a row, four animal science students at California State University, Chico took first place in the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Western Section Academic Quadrathlon in Corvallis, Oregon on April 7­–8­, 2017. 

California State University, Chico Hosts Successful Sheep and Meat Goat Educational Day

On Feb. 11, 2017, the University Farm Sheep Unit hosted its annual Sheep and Meat Goat Educational Day. The day started at 9 a.m., and more than 700 people attended.

Students Travel to San Luis Obispo for CAMP Conference

Five students and their advisor travelled to San Luis Obispo from Feb. 10-12, 2017 for the California Association of Meat Processor (CAMP) Annual Conference. Rayna Barden, Zach Bauer, Heather Carter, Ivanarae Castro, Patricia Garcia and animal science professor Michael Chao represented CSU, Chico at the gathering of meat industry professionals and educators from throughout the state.