The Science Behind the CSU
January 27, 2011
By Stephanie Thara
The California State University offers students the opportunity to pursue a variety of health science degrees, including biology, dietetics/nutrition, health and physical fitness, nursing, and psychology, among others. Additionally, the CSU is the largest statewide higher education system in the nation to launch the prestigious Professional Science Master's Degree program (PSM), with 22 programs on 17 campuses. PSM programs, which include everything from biotechnology to medical physics to environmental science, are designed as part of a rigorous two-year master's degree program preparing professionals with the science and management skills needed by the state's science and technology industries.
The CSU also maintains amenities such as field stations, centers and institutions to further enhance students’ hands-on education experience. In an effort to augment on-campus instruction, CSU campuses have taken advantage of California’s diverse natural environments by developing numerous outdoor education laboratories and research facilities. Similarly, various CSU campuses sustain centers and institutions that support and facilitate research, perform public service and provide special training. These sites lend themselves to numerous disciplines, including anthropology, marine science, biology, chemistry, geology, natural resource management and more.
With the assistance of various organizations and partnerships, the CSU has made significant breakthroughs in science, including the following:
- In response to the demand for prosthetics as a result of combat injuries sustained by veterans, as well as medical conditions associated with obesity, CSU Dominguez Hills’ Orthotics and Prosthetics Program and the Long Beach Veteran’s Hospital opened a 10,000-square-foot facility dedicated to training students in prosthetic care in a real-world environment. The program, which has conducted research and training for more than two decades, is the only one of its kind in California and one of nine nationwide.
- With support from a $1.7 million grant from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, San Francisco State University has become a new training ground for future stem cell researchers by offering a program that provides master's students with intensive research internships at partner institutions.
- CSU Stanislaus has developed a genetic counseling master’s degree program that combines human genetics and knowledge of important medical discoveries with the communication skills required to present that knowledge to families dealing with genetic disorders and inherited health conditions.
- CSU Bakersfield's Nursing program has been awarded a five-year, $10.4 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to study children's health and development. The project is an integral part of the National Children's Health Study, the largest longitudinal study of child health ever undertaken in the United States.