As a public university with a student-focused educational mission, the California State University’s research activities are aimed at developing practical solutions addressing complex issues that affect the state’s current and future residents. To this end, CSU faculty and students pursue real-world research projects that foster innovation and collaboration, and contribute to the success of California’s major economic sectors. Examples of research activities can be found below.
The CSU has always been a strong contributor to the food, agriculture and beverage industries. With colleges of agriculture on four CSU campuses, and allied disciplines across the CSU, the breadth of agricultural expertise is extensive.
With more than 250 water experts and water-related degrees and courses at all 23 campuses, the CSU is preparing students to address California's ever-evolving water challenges.
Biotechnology and health care represent one of the largest growth sectors in California’s economy, with a rising need for research focused on real-world solutions for health and environmental challenges.
The ocean is essential to California’s economy and way of life. Not only do residents rely on its fundamental ecological functions, so too do vital ocean-based industries.
With dozens of national and state parks, beaches, and world-class attractions, California is known as a travel destination, making the tourism industry an economic powerhouse for the state.
The CSU’s involvement in high-tech research encompasses faculty projects, corporate partnerships and campus-directed programs. The university’s focus on student-based research empowers graduates to be immediately productive.