Sep 24, 2021  
University Catalog 2021-2022 
    
University Catalog 2021-2022

The California State University System


 

Welcome to the California State University (CSU) - the nation’s largest comprehensive university with 23 unique campuses and eight off-campus centers serving approximately 486,000 students and employing more than 56,000 faculty and staff.

Each year, the university awards more than 129,000 degrees. CSU graduates are serving as leaders in the industries that drive California’s economy, including business, agriculture, entertainment, engineering, teaching, hospitality and healthcare. To learn more visit the California State University website.  

A Tradition of Excellence for More than Six Decades

Since 1961, the CSU has provided an affordable, accessible and high-quality education to 3.9 million living alumni throughout California. While each campus is unique based on its curricular specialties, location and campus culture, every CSU is distinguished for the quality of its educational programs. All campuses are fully accredited, provide a high-quality broad liberal educational program and offer opportunities for students to engage in campus life through the Associated Students, Inc., clubs and service learning. Through leading-edge programs, superior teaching and extensive workforce training opportunities, CSU students graduate with the critical thinking skills, industry knowledge and hands-on experience necessary for employment and career advancement. 

Facts

  • Today, one of every 20 Americans with a college degree is a CSU graduate.
  • One of every 10 employees in California is a CSU graduate..
  • The CSU awards about half of the bachelor’s degrees earned in California.
  • The CSU awards 46% of California’s undergraduate nursing degrees.
  • The CSU is the leading provider of teacher preparation programs in the state.
  • In 2019-20, the CSU students earned nearly 24,000 business degrees and more than 10,000 engineering degrees.
  • The CSU offers more than 160 fully online and 150 hybrid degree programs and concentrations.
  • The CSU offers 5,700 online courses per term, to providing more educational options to students who may prefer an online format to a traditional classroom setting.
  • The CSU’s online concurrent enrollment program gives students the ability to enroll in courses offered by other campuses in the CSU.
  • Over a recent four-year period, the CSU has issued nearly 50,000 professional development certificates in education, health services, business and technology, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, international trade and many other industries.
  • CSU Centers for Community Engagement and Service Learning make available nearly 3,200 service learning courses. 
  • More than 64,000 students participated in service-learning, contributing 934 thousand hours of service last year. 

Governance

The CSU is governed by the Board of Trustees, most of whom are appointed by the governor and serve with faculty and student representatives. The CSU chancellor is the chief executive officer, reporting to the board. The campus presidents serve as the campus-level chief executive officers. The trustees, chancellor and presidents develop university-wide educational policy. The presidents, in consultation with the CSU Academic Senate and other campus stakeholder groups, render and implement local policy decisions. 

CSU Historical Milestones

The individual California State Colleges were established as a system with a Board of Trustees and a chancellor in 1960 by the Donahoe Higher Education Act. In 1972, the system was designated as the California State University and Colleges, and in 1982 the system became the California State University. Today, the CSU is comprised of 23 campuses, including comprehensive and polytechnic universities and, since July 1995, the California State University Maritime Academy, a specialized campus. 

The oldest campus-San José State University-was founded in 1857 and became the first institution of public higher education in California. The newest-California State University Channel Islands-opened in fall 2002, with freshmen arriving in fall 2003.

In 1963, the State Academic Senate CSU was established to act as the official voice of CSU faculty in university-wide matters. Also, the California State College Student Presidents Association-which was later renamed the California State Student Association-was founded to represent each campus student association on issues affecting students.

Through its many decades of service, the CSU has continued to adapt to address societal changes, student needs and workforce trends. While the CSU’s core mission has always focused on providing high-quality, affordable bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, over time the University has added a wide range of services and programs to support student success - from adding health centers and special programs for veterans to building student residential facilities to provide a comprehensive educational experience.

In 1963, the CSU’s Academic Senate was established to act as the official voice of CSU faculty in university wide matters. Also, the California State College Student Presidents Association- which was later renamed the California State Student Association, was founded to represent each campus student association on issues affecting students.

Through its many decades of service, the CSU has continued to adapt to address societal changes, student needs and workforce trends. While the CSU’s core mission has always focused on providing high-quality, affordable bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, over time the university has added a wide range of services and programs to support student success - from adding health centers and special programs for veterans to building student residential facilities to provide a comprehensive educational experience.

To improve degree completion and accommodate students working full- or part-time, the educational paradigm was expanded to give students the ability to complete upper-division and graduate requirements through part-time, late afternoon, and evening study. The university also expanded its programs to include a variety of teaching and school service credential programs, specially designed for working professionals.

In 2010, in an effort to accommodate community college transfer students, the CSU, in concert with the California Community Colleges (CCC), launched the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), which guarantees CCC transfer students with an ADT admission to the CSU with junior status. The ADT has since proven to be the most effective path to a CSU for transfer students.

Always adapting to changes in technology and societal trends to support student learning and degree completion, the CSU launched CourseMatch, which enables CSU students to complete online courses at other CSU campuses, expanding enrollment opportunities and providing more educational opportunities for students who may prefer an online format to a traditional classroom setting.

The CSU marked a significant educational milestone when it broadened its degree offerings to include doctoral degrees. The CSU independently offers Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Doctor of Audiology (AuD) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs. Additionally, the CSU was recently authorized to offer the independent Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD). A limited number of other doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California and private institutions in California.

The CSU strives to continually develop innovative programs, services and opportunities that will give students the tools they need to meet their full potential. In 2016, the university launched Graduation Initiative 2025, a bold plan to support students, increase the number of California’s graduates earning high-quality degrees and eliminate achievement and equity gaps for all students. Through this initiative, the CSU is ensuring that all students have the opportunity to graduate according to their personal goals, positively impacting their lives, families and communities.

By providing an accessible, hands-on education that prepares graduates for career success, the CSU has created a network of alumni that is so extensive and renowned that it spans across the globe. As of 2020-21, more than 3.9 million CSU alumni are making a difference in the lives of the people of California and the world. 

Map of CSU Office and Campus Locations

Check out the website for the entire California State University: www.calstateapply.edu. You will find helpful hints, frequently asked questions, campus tours, and general information about all 23 campuses. The phone number listed for each campus is for the Office of Admission.


 

 

1

California State University, Bakersfield • Q
  9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022
Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, President
(661) 654-2782
CSU Bakersfield Website
   

2

California State University, Channel Islands • S
  One University Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012
Dr. Richard Yao*, President
(805) 437-8400
CSU Channel Islands Website

 

 

3

California State University, Chico • S
  400 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929
Dr. Gayle E. Hutchinson, President
(530)-898-4636
Chico State Website
   

4

California State University, Dominguez Hills • S
  1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747
Dr. Thomas Parham, President
(310) 243-3696
CSU Dominguez Hills Website
   

5

California State University, East Bay • Q
  25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542
Dr. Cathy A. Sandeen, President
(510) 885-3000
Cal State East Bay Website
   

6

California State University, Fresno • S
  5241 North Maple Avenue
Fresno, CA 93740
Dr. Saúl Jimémez-Sandoval*, President
(559) 278-4240
CSU Fresno Website
   

7

California State University, Fullerton • S
  800 North State College Boulevard
Fullerton, CA 92831-3599
Mr. Framroze Virjee, President
(657) 278-2011
Cal State Fullerton Website
   

8

Humboldt State University • S

  One Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., President
(707) 826-3011
Humboldt State Website
   

9

California State University, Long Beach • S
  1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-0115
Dr. Jane Close Conoley, President
(562) 985-4111
Cal State Long Beach Website
   

10

California State University, Los Angeles • S
  5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Dr. William A. Covino, President
(323) 343-3000
Cal State LA Website
   

11

California Maritime Academy • S
  200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590
Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper, President
(707) 654-1000
Cal Maritime Website
   

12

California State University, Monterey Bay • S
  100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA 93955-8001
Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa, President
(831) 582-3000
CSU Monterey Bay Website
   

13

California State University, Northridge • S
  18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Dr. Ericka D. Beck, President
(818) 677-1200
CSUN Website
   

14

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona • Q
  3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
Dr. Soraya M. Coley, President
(909) 869-7659
Cal Poly Pomona Website
   

15

California State University, Sacramento • S
  6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, President
(916) 278-6011
Sacramento State Website
   

16

California State University, San Bernardino • Q
  5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2318
Dr. Tomás D. Morales, President
(909) 537-5000
Cal State San Bernardino Website
   

17

San Diego State University • S
  5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
Dr. Adela de la Torre, President
(619) 594-5200
San Diego State Website
   

18

San Francisco State University • S
  1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Dr. Lynn Mahoney, President
(415) 338-1111
San Francisco State Website
   

19

San José State University • S
  One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0001
Dr. Mary A. Papazian, President
(408) 924-1000
San José State Website  
   

20

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo • Q
  One Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Dr. Jeffrey D. Armstrong, President
(805) 756-1111
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Website
   

21

California State University, San Marcos • S
  333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Dr. Ellen J. Neufeldt, President
(760) 750-4000
CSU San Marcos Website
   

22

Sonoma State University • S
  1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Dr. Judy K. Sakaki, President
(707) 664-2880
Sonoma State Website
   

23

California State University, Stanislaus 4-1-4
 

One University Circle
Turlock, CA 95382
Dr. Ellen N. Junn, President
(209) 667-3122
Stanislaus State Website

 

*Interim

 

Officials of the California State University

Office of the Chancellor

The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802-4210
(562) 951-4000

Dr. Joseph I. Castro             Chancellor
Mr. Steve Relyea   Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Fred E. Wood    Interim Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs
Mr. Andrew Jones   Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel
Mr. Garrett P. Ashley   Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement
Ms. Evelyn Nazario   Executive Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Mr. Vlad Marinescu   Vice Chancellor and Chief Audit Officer

Trustees of the California State Uuiversity

Trustees of the CSU Ex Officio Trustees

The Honorable Gavin Newsom 
Governor of California

The Honorable Eleni Kounalakis
Lieutenant Governor of California

The Honorable Anthony Rendon
Speaker of the Assembly

The Honorable Tony Thurmond 
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Dr. Joseph I. Castro
Chancellor of The California State University

Appointed Trustees

Appointments are for a term of eight years, except student, alumni, and faculty trustees whose terms are for two years. Terms expire in the year in parentheses. Names are listed alphabetically.

Silas Abrego (2021)
Larry L. Adamson (2022)
Diego Arambula (2028)
Jane W. Carney (2022)
Jack B. Clarke Jr. (2027)
Adam Day (2023)
Douglas Faigin (2025)
Debra S. Farar (2022)
Jean P. Firstenberg (2026)
Wendy Fong (2024)
Maryana Khames (2021)
Lillian Kimbell (2024)
John “Jack” McGrory (2023) 
Anna Ortiz-Morfit (2025)
Krystal Raynes (2022)
Romey Sabalius (2021)
Lateefah Simon (2027)
Christopher J. Steinhauser (2026)
Peter J. Taylor (2021)

Officers of the Trustees

The Honorable Gavin Newsom          President
Lillian Kimbell           Chair
Wendy Fong   Vice Chair
Andrew Jones    Secretary
Steve Relyea    Treasurer

Correspondence with Trustees should be sent to:

c/o Trustees Secretariat
The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802-4210