Environmental Focus

Chico State is uniquely located in the rich ecological region of Northern California. This close proximity to the outdoors creates opportunities that enhance scientific research and learning experiences in natural sciences. Our faculty and students have excelled in ecology and environmental sciences contributing to successful environmental initiatives for the College.

The College is also a major participant in the Institute for Sustainable Development (TISD). TISD facilitates and promotes the collective efforts of the campus community in achieving its vision of environmental stewardship, sustainability, and leadership in the 21st Century.

The College of Natural Sciences is a contributor to campus sustainability. The website, Our Sustainable Future, is the forum for information about Chico State's contributions to sustainable development and this new vision of education. We encourage you to learn more and join us in advancing sustainable development for the future of humanity.

The College's vision for the Center for Ecosystem Research is to build upon the successes of faculty and staff within environmental disciplines. The center supports interdisciplinary teaching and research and coordinates the sharing of resources, such as, laboratories, equipment, and staff.

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve contains almost 4,000 acres of diverse canyon and ridge habitats and is home to many species of plants and animals. The mission of the BCCER is to contribute to the understanding and wise management of the Earth and its natural systems by preserving critical habitat, and providing a natural area for environmental research and education.

Eagle Lake Field Station may be used by any public or private group whose primary purpose is educational and whose activities are consonant with the natural environment. College classes, high school groups, consulting firms, and government agencies have all used the field station, but the vast majority of its use has been by University natural science and archaeology classes. The Field Station offers biology, geology, chemistry, soil science, zoo archaeology, and many other ecological courses.

The Rawlins Endowed Professor of Environmental Literacy has been established to create a position for a faculty member whose responsibility will be to prepare all students of all majors, across the campus, for dealing with a world environment which is being continually diminished by loss of species, disappearance of habitats, and degradation of air, water, and soil.

Toward a Curriculum in Sustainability and the Environment
The hopeful vision put forth by the UN is that leading learning institutions will reorient themselves to integrate socioeconomic and environmental dimensions into the instruction of future citizens and global leaders. Implicit in this vision is that higher educational instruction by necessity must be of an interdisciplinary nature. The policy decisions of future generations...

Scientific Research and Career Data
Rather than doing endless searches for your next research paper or project, just visit this resource page. It contains links to web sites that take you to the Smithsonian, international and national environmental agencies, the United Nations, governmental agencies, and prestigious journals. It also has a wealth of information about Professional Publications and Presentations from the College of Natural Sciences. Career information is also provided by category of interest.