Humboldt State University (HSU) or Humboldt State, also occasionally referred to as Humboldt, is the northernmost campus of the 23-school California State University(CSU) system
Humboldt State University is located in Arcata, Humboldt County, California. The main campus, situated hillside at the edge of a coast redwood forest, has commanding views overlooking Arcata, much of Humboldt Bay, and the Pacific Ocean beyond. The college town setting on the California North Coast, 8 miles (13 km) north of Eureka and 279 miles (449 km) north of San Francisco, is notable for its natural beauty. The university, which is divided into three academic divisions or “colleges,” offers 49 types of bachelor’s degrees, 21 different master’s degrees, and at least 16 specific types of education related credentials, the majority of which are teaching credential programs. HSU does not confer doctoral degrees. In addition to the main campus, HSU has multiple off-campus facilities and education-related properties, including an ocean-side marine biology research center, a wildlife care facility, a public natural history museum, a public art gallery, a bay-side aquatics facility, a mountain-top astronomy observatory, an ocean-going marine research and teaching vessel, and a demonstration forest. The university is divided into three colleges: the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; the College of Natural Resources and Sciences; and the College of Professional Studies. There are 49 undergraduate majors and 73 minors. The two largest majors are Biology and Art, both with over 20 faculty members and extensive facilities on- and off-campus. There are several credential programs and twelve Master’s programs, of which Natural Resources andSocial Work are the largest. The new Energy, Environment, and Society graduate program is unique to the CSU, and provides graduates with interdisciplinary training in engineering, economics, and climate policy. Humboldt State is one of only two universities in California to offer a major in Botany, the other being Cal Poly Pomona. Its botany program is the nation’s largest undergraduate program. Humboldt State is the only university in California to offer a degree in Rangeland Resources and Wildland Soils. The Native American Studies major and the Oceanography major are also unique to the California State University system. The university offers unique minors including Multicultural Queer Studies, Scientific Diving, and Appropriate Technology. The university’s location on the North Coast provides access to the Pacific Ocean, lagoons, marshes, estuaries, and the Fred Telonicher Marine Laboratory, which provides opportunities for “hands-on” experiences and research for the sciences. Humboldt State University is one of the few universities in the nation with a state-of-the-art fire lab. Its fire science program teaches modern techniques for managing wildfire, and an advanced training program is offered for Forest Service employees and similar professionals. As of 2012, Humboldt State University has an International student population that has quadrupled in the last five years. The International English Language Institute has worked alongside HSU for 22 years to help international students gain academic English language skills to further their academic pursuits and business careers.