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CSU Chico: Academics

Academic Calender

Semester/term begin dates:in late August and late January.
Calendar system:semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held:Orientation for new students held in June, July, November, December, and January.
Number and length of summer sessions:Four summer sessions of varying lengths.
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Academic Experience

Majors with the highest enrollment:business administration, social sciences, health professions
Majors with the lowest enrollment:French, religious studies, special major
Average freshman GPA:2.8 on a 4.0 scale
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year:87%
Student:Faculty ratio:
Total faculty:497 men, 485 women, 982 total
Full-time faculty:261 men, 218 women, 479 total
Part-time faculty:236 men, 267 women, 503 total
Graduation rate:56% within six years

Required Undergraduate Curriculum

General education/core curriculum is required:yes
Minor requirements:not required for graduation
Physical education is required:no
There are religious requirements for graduation:no

Programs Offered

Special programs offered:student-designed majors, double majors, independent study, honors program, internships, distance learning
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered:Certificate programs.
Preprofessional programs offered:pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-theology, pre-optometry, forensic science, forestry, physical therapy, nursing
Education certifications are offered:yes
Education certifications:early childhood, elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, special education, adult education, bilingual/bicultural
Cooperative programs are offered:yes
Cooperative education programs:agriculture, art, business, computer science, education, engineering, health professions, humanities, natural science, social/behavioral science, technologies, music technology
Graduate schools/programs are offered:yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes:yes
Domestic off-campus semester-away programs:UN Semester
Schools with which domestic exchange programs are offered:Domestic exchange programs with many colleges and universities.
Study abroad opportunities:Study abroad in Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Wales.
Army ROTC:not offered
Navy ROTC:not offered
Air Force ROTC:not offered

List of Majors

Bachelor's Degrees:
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Asian Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Systems
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Sciences/Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Communications Design
  • Computer Animation/Game Development
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Concrete Industry Management
  • Construction Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • English
  • Exercise Physiology
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geoscience
  • German
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Independent Major
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Multicultural/Gender Studies
  • Music
  • Music Industry/Technology
  • Musical Theatre
  • Natural Resources/Conservation
  • Natural Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition/Food Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Recreation Administration
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Major
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Theatre Arts
  • Undeclared

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