College of Natural Sciences

From the desk of Dean David Hassenzahl

David Hassenzahl

Welcome to the College of Natural Sciences...

Today our world faces many challenges, from feeding a growing population to improving individual and public health to using energy more efficiently.  Addressing these and many other societal challenges requires

  • individuals with deep training in a range of scientific, mathematical, and health fields,
  • individuals who are able to integrate our understanding across the sciences,
  • individuals who can describe complex systems and predict how and why they will change,
  • individuals who can collaborate with others to solve complicated, multidimensional problems,
  • individuals who can effectively communicate and teach science, and
  • individuals who, even if not deeply trained in science, understand how the scientific process works, and how science can inform decisions.

The College of Natural Sciences supports all of these needs, and we do it with a sense of wonder and excitement. To our students, faculty, staff, and partners, science is not a collection of facts, but an approach to understanding the world that allows us to think and decide well.

At the College of Natural Sciences, our students engage science in laboratories and the field. They work in teams to solve mathematical challenges, create new molecules, teach children how to play and eat well, and practice state-of-the art medical treatment. They collaborate with faculty and each other on research, and present their findings at national conferences.

The impact of this direct engagement is reflected in our graduates, who are highly competitive even before they leave campus, and highly successful throughout their careers.  It is felt across the CSU Chico campus, where almost every student has taken at least one course in our college. It is found throughout California and beyond, where our graduates teach foundational science and mathematics in public and private schools.

Please explore our website to see our programs, departments, centers, and other facilities. And don't hesitate to reach out to our faculty members and student organizations, who are always glad to hear from you and look forward to working with you. 



Fall 2017

Chico Preview Day

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

This premier fall open house offers prospective Fall 2018 undergraduate students and their families an opportunity to visit Chico State and experience first-hand our true college town environment. Visit the Chico Preview Day webpage for more information. 

College of Natural Sciences Lecture Series

Friday, September 22, 2017
1:00 pm - Holt 352

Join us for a lecture featuring Professor Cathy Middlecamp from University of Wisconsin-Madison

Energy, Food and Trash: Using our campus to engage students in learning Chemistry, Biology and Physics



The Chico STEM Connections Collaborative (CSC²) is an undergraduate student program, where students gain hands on research experience.

Check out the videos below for more information on student and faculty collabroative research, from the College of Natural Sciences. 

Biology student Carlos Estrada and Biological Sciences Assistant Professor Amanda Banet's collaborative Salmon Research. 

Geology student Angelica Rodriguez and Geological and Environmental Sciences Professor Rachel Teasdale's collaborative Lassen Volcanic Research.

Chemistry student Jenny Caro and Chemistry & Biochemistry Assistant Professor Daniel Everson's collaborative Nickle Catalysis Research.

Activities & Accomplishments from previous years 

2016 - 2017

2015 - 2016

2014 - 2015

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