CSU Trains Next Generation of Scientists
January 12, 2012
By Stephanie Thara
Scientific innovation has produced roughly half of all U.S. economic growth in the last 50 years, and the California State University has made it a priority to provide a well-rounded education for the next generation of scientists. Offering a wide variety of bachelor’s and master’s degrees, the CSU aims to prepare students for science-related careers through hands-on learning with laboratory and field experiences, faculty mentorship and in-depth theoretical learning in seminar classes.
With access to countless facilities such as forensic laboratories, marine vessels and observatories, CSU scholars have the opportunity to work with niche professional scientists, faculty and other students to develop and expand their knowledge. Each of the 23 CSU campuses offers a multitude of real-world learning experiences, such as diving eight hours a day to study coral reefs in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary for students at CSU Monterey Bay, learning wildlife rehabilitation techniques on weekend camping trips at Humboldt State and working with forensic scientists to analyze DNA at Cal State L.A.
In addition to the research opportunities and involved faculty, the CSU maintains centers, services and clubs that foster tight-knit bonds among other scientists and provide assistance in areas from career placements to academic challenges. Campuses also offer pre-professional programs to prepare students for further education in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy and dental hygiene.
Along with training aspiring scientists, the CSU works with local and regional organizations to educate the public on scientific matters and breakthroughs. In fact, many CSU faculty and alumni have been tapped by national outlets like CNN, National Geographic, PBS and USA Today to provide insight on topics such as natural disasters, disease outbreaks and extinction of marine life.