Why Humboldt State?


Experience That Gives You the edge

At HSU we provide extensive research opportunities to all undergraduates.

Why should you care? Because nothing prepares you for your career like real world experience.

Research hones your critical thinking skills and reinforces what you're discovering in class. Our students are doing amazing things like researching everything from the impact logging has on local wildlife to the genetic adaptations of microbial life in the sulfur vents of Lassen Volcanic Park. Let's just say learning at Humboldt State isn't limited to sitting in lecture hall.

"I came to Humboldt State because of its reputation for being a university oriented to high-quality undergraduate programs. From my very first semester, I have been working closely with faculty and staff on several research projects, and have enjoyed many opportunities to develop my skills as a scientist. Last summer I was awarded an internship at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. My experiences at HSU have prepared me for graduate school and the rest of my career."
Jennifer L. Hughes
Lancaster, CA
Quartz Hill High School
Senior HSU Biology Major, Geology Minor

Nationally Recognized Research

Our commitment to undergraduate research has repeatedly been recognized and supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In fact, Humboldt State has garnered more undergraduate research grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute than any other university in the California State University system.

And that's just a start. Check out our Vertebrate Museum, Vascular Plant Herbarium or our Greenhouse with one of the largest teaching collections of living plants in California

The bottom line

Our diverse program gives you the broad skills and real-world experience you'll need. Whether you chose zoology, botany or one of our biology emphases, you'll graduate with the skills to succeed in both the job market and graduate school.

Why biological sciences?

Humboldt State offers top notch biological sciences programs.
Learn more about biological sciences

collecting fungal specimens catching bees in a net class at the tide pools