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Specialty Programs Listing

Pre-Professional Programs

There isn’t a “best” major to prepare students for professional school, as long as the prerequisite courses for entrance to the profession are completed. The major should be chosen on the basis of interest and as preparation for an alternate career. Specific preparatory course requirements vary for each professional school. You should inquire at the professional school of your choice for specific course requirements. The following pre-professional preparation programs and advising are offered at Chico and may be viewed in detail in the chapter(s) referenced.

Pre-DentistryBiological Sciences/HOLT 205


Chemistry and BiochemistryPHSC 216


Pre-Forensic ScienceAnthropologyBUTE 311


Pre-LawPolitical Science and Criminal Justice/BUTE 741


PhilosophyARTS 369


Pre-MedicineBiological Sciences/HOLT 205


Chemistry and BiochemistryPHSC 216


Pre-NursingNursingHOLT 369


Pre-OptometryChemistry and BiochemistryPHSC 216


Pre-PharmacyChemistry and BiochemistryPHSC 216


Pre-Physical TherapyKinesiology and Exercise Physiology/YOLO 243


Biological Sciences/HOLT 205


Chemistry and BiochemistryPHSC 216


Pre-TheologyComparative Religion and HumanitiesARTS 377


Pre-VeterinaryBiological SciencesHOLT 205


Teaching, Specialist, and Service Credentials

Education Services Center

See Education in the University Catalog, and visit or call the School of Education, THMA 101, 530-898-6421, for information and advising about appropriate undergraduate preparation and application to the professional education program for teaching, specialist, and service credentials.

Subject Matter Preparation Programs

Subject matter preparation programs are offered at CSU, Chico through the academic programs indicated below. See the catalog chapter referenced, call, or go to the department office for information about specific course requirements for teaching credentials.

AgricultureAgriculturePLMS 317x5844
ArtArt and Art History AYRS 107x5331
BiologyBiological SciencesHOLT 205x5356
ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryPHSC 216x5259
EnglishEnglishARTS 269Ax5124
GeosciencesGeological and Environmental SciencesPHSC 217x5262
Health SciencesBUTE 607x6661
Languages (Spanish)International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures PAC 109x5074
Liberal Studies (Multiple Subjects)Liberal StudiesTHMA 211x5802
MathematicsMathematicsHOLT 177x6111
MusicMusic and TheatrePAC 106x5152
Physical EducationKinesiology and Exercise PhysiologyYOLO 243x6373
PhysicsPhysicsPHSC 106Ax6259
Social ScienceHistoryTRNT 225x5366

Professional Education Programs

Professional education programs are offered at CSU, Chico leading to a California State Teaching Credential in the following.

Multiple Subject Credential: Basic
Multiple Subject Internship Credential: Basic
Multiple Subject Credential with BCLAD* Emphasis
Multiple Subject Concurrent Special Education BCLAD* Emphasis
Single Subject Credential: Basic
Single Subject Internship Credential: Basic
Single Subject Credential with BCLAD* Emphasis

* BCLAD stands for Bilingual, Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development. The holder of a credential with BCLAD Emphasis is authorized to provide English language development and specially designed academic instruction in English to second language learners as well as teach learners in their primary language.

Specialist Credentials:
Adapted Physical EducationKinesiology and Exercise PhysiologyYOLO 243x6373
AgricultureAgriculturePLMS 317x5844
Reading and Language ArtsEducationTHMA 401x5398

Special Education Internship:

  • Learning and Severely Handicapped
EducationTHMA 401x6146
Special Education Resource SpecialistEducationTHMA 401x6146
Services Credentials
  • Certificate of Eligibility
  • Preliminary
  • Professional
EducationTHMA 101x6421

Clinical Rehabilitative Language, Speech, and Hearing:

  • Basic
  • Special Class Authorization
Communication Sciences and DisordersAJH 100x5871
Library and Media TeacherEducationTHMA 101x6421
Pupil Personnel:
  • School Psychologist
PsychologyMODC 215x5147

Off-Campus Programs

Coursework leading toward the following certificates and credentials is offered by CSU, Chico, but the certificates are awarded elsewhere.

Adapted Physical EducationKinesiology and Exercise PhysiologyYOLO 243x6373
Public Health NursingNursingHOLT 369x5891
Wilderness StewardshipRecreation, Hospitality, and Parks ManagementYOLO 173x6408

Academic Advising

The University wants you to receive the academic advising necessary to plan courses of study appropriate to the achievement of your goals in a timely matter.
Your faculty advisor will either be assigned to you by your academic department or it will be up to you to secure one. Academic Advising Programs maintains a list of advising coordinators in each academic program to whom you can be referred and can assist you with general program planning.

Undergraduate Plan Change forms (for declaring and changing an undergraduate major, option, or minor) are available online on the Student Records and Registration Forms.
When you declare a program, preferably at your first opportunity, you are required to indicate as specifically as possible the major, and, when offered within the major, an option or pattern. In some academic programs, students who are declared majors have a higher registration priority than non-majors for registration. This priority may be a factor in obtaining the schedule of classes you desire.

What is an Option, Pattern, and Concentration?
Some degrees may offer additional opportunities with both options and patterns within a major. The unique combination of any declared option and/or pattern (if offered) within your major is your “concentration.” This concentration nomenclature is used on the Academic Programs Listing and is recorded on your student record. Your concentration also needs to be declared early in your career and will be reported on the university database system and reports used by your academic advisor, graduation advisor, or other staff who may be assisting you.