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Humboldt State University Majors and Programs

Humboldt State University appears in our ranking of 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the West.

Students may earn a degree at Humboldt State University on campus in Arcata or online through the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement. Popular majors at Humboldt State University include those in natural resources and conservation, biology and the biological sciences, the social sciences, psychology, and business. In addition to its online department, the university also offers its programs within the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, the College of Professional Studies, and the College of Natural Resources & Sciences. Within those colleges are many degrees one might find at the average American university, as well as others that are specialized or unusual.

Some of the interesting areas of focus available to students include those within the Forestry & Wildland Resources program, which allows students to major in Forestry or Rangeland Resource Science. Within the Forestry program, students can choose a focus in forest hydrology, forest resource conservation, wildland fire management, forest soils, or forest operations. Those who major in Rangeland Resource Science can specialize in rangeland resources or wildland soils. The department also offers a Master of Science in Natural Resources with a focus on forestry, rangeland resources & wildland soils, and watershed management.

Another interesting program is the program in Kinesiology & Recreation Administration, which is offered by the College of Professional Studies. There are four programs available in this area that include a Bachelors in Kinesiology, a Bachelors in Recreation Administration, a Masters in Kinesiology, and a degree in Adapted Physical Education. Students can also enroll in several minors and certificate programs from the Department of Kinesiology & Recreation Administration. Those options include minors in Health Education, Kinesiology, Recreation Administration, and Scientific Diving, as well as a certificate in Exercise Nutrition.

Students who enroll in online classes can choose from four programs that include a Master of Social Work, a Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology, and an Online Bachelor of Arts Completion Program in Leadership Studies. Online students can also seek out a variety of certificates that include Digital Communications & Imaging, Online Geospatial, and Ecology & Sustainable Tourism Planning & Management. Students can also enroll in certificate programs in Wine Studies, Teaching in Higher Education, and Legal Secretary. The university also has an interesting feature called Open University, which allows anyone to enroll in certain classes even if they aren’t a traditional student or have applied to the university. Students who complete classes through Extended Education can apply those credits toward a bachelor’s degree at the university if and when they decide to apply as a traditional student.

About Humboldt State University

Established in 1913, Humboldt State University is a public college in Arcata, California and is part of the California State University system. The school was created by the then-governor of California as a place to train future teachers. The university campus sits next to a coastal redwood forest and covers 144 acres with additional properties in the region adding more than 590 acres. The university has more than 8,500 students enrolled for classes at the main campus, as well as at an aquatics facility near the bay, an observatory, and a marine biology research center. The school’s official colors are gold and green, and the students play as the Lumberjacks in their NCAA Division II games. The school’s mascot is Lucky Logger.

Humboldt State University Accreditation Details

Regional accreditation for Humboldt State University comes from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission. The school is also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. Other organizations granting the university accreditation include the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, which has accredited the university’s undergraduate nursing education program and the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, which has accredited the art and design program. The Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Education has accredited the program in social work, and the National Association of Schools of Music has accredited the music program. The Society of American Foresters has approved the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Forestry.

Humboldt State University Application Requirements

Students who want to attend Humboldt State University will submit the Cal State Apply application, which is the official application used by the California State University system. Students who want to apply to graduate, certificate of study, credential, and international study must submit a separate application or pay attention to the additional application requirements of those types of programs. Students who want to apply for regular admission as first-time freshmen must have a high school diploma or GED and have completed the recommended college preparatory classes with a grade of C- or better. Students will be graded on their Eligibility Index, which is a numerical measurement that combines the student’s grade point average and the student’s standardized test score.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate students at Humboldt State University is $7,676. Students who need a food and housing plan will pay $12,870, and the university estimates books and supplies will cost $1,770. Students can also expect to spend an average of $1,062 on transportation. In all, the university estimates the cost of tuition, fees, and other costs to reach $24,910 a year. Students who attend Humboldt State University with an out-of-state address will pay $18,364 per year. California residents who want to attend the university as graduate students will pay an estimated $9,109 in tuition and fees, and out-of-state residents will pay $18,364 in tuition and fees.

Seventy percent of the students at Humboldt State University receive some type of financial aid that may come in the form of federal grants, subsidized loans, institutional aid, and scholarships. The average aid amount for low-income students is $9,324 in grants. Students must submit a FAFSA form every year to remain eligible for financial aid and to qualify for new awards each year. One of the institutional types of aid available is the State University Grant, which is available to California residents. Students may also qualify for scholarships that range from $500 to $4,000 a year. Overall, the university awards around $600,000 in scholarships each year. Applicants who participate on one of the NCAA Division II teams at Humboldt State University may also qualify for athletic scholarships to help pay for college.