Humboldt State University is located on the coast of northern California about 300 miles north of San Francisco. This is an area of considerable natural beauty consisting of redwood and fir forests, rivers, lagoons, bays, and ocean beaches. The mild climate is typical of the Pacific Northwest with rainy winters and dry summers. A short distance inland, just beyond the first coastal range, the weather markedly differs with hot, dry summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall above 5,000 feet of elevation.
This area and climate is the perfect natural laboratory for the College of Natural Resources and Sciences graduate programs. These programs are designed to provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to address scientific problems and to carry out scientific investigations including design, implementation, and evaluation of research in their specific area of study.