fast-growing field of life sciences, which includes biotechnology,
specialty health care and pharmaceutical production, is
an emerging strength of the California economy.
Higher education plays a critical role in fulfilling the
needs of this highly skilled field, and the CSU is responding,
producing 44 percent of the stateís bachelorís degrees in
health care and life sciences. Many of the CSUís campuses
have been nationally recognized for the high quality of
their science programs.
The CSU excels in a wide range of specialties within the
life sciences field.
For example, the CSU prepares 100 percent of the stateís
graduates in gerontology and cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics,
92 percent in health professions and related sciences, 89
percent in communication disorders sciences and services,
and 64 percent in nursing. At the graduate level, the CSU
produces more than 41 percent of the stateís graduates in
health care and life sciences. CSU campuses are national
leaders in terms of the number of students in science-related
fields who go on to earn doctoral degrees.
life sciences graduates have a major impact within the state
and local workforce—San
José Stateís College of Science prepares 22 percent
of the clinical laboratory scientists in California. CSU
Chico produces 75 percent of the public health nurses, masterís
prepared RNs and RNs who achieve bachelorís of science degrees
in nursing in the region.