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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
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About Stanislaus State

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Vision Statement

Stanislaus State strives to become a major center of learning, intellectual pursuit, artistic excellence and cultural engagement for California’s greater Central Valley and beyond. We will serve our diverse student body, communities, and state by creating programs, partnerships, and leaders that respond effectively to an evolving and interconnected world.


The faculty, staff, administrators, and students of California State University, Stanislaus are committed to creating a learning environment that encourages all members of the campus community to expand their intellectual, creative, and social horizons. We challenge one another to realize our potential, to appreciate and contribute to the enrichment of our diverse community, and to develop a passion for lifelong learning. To facilitate this mission, we promote academic excellence in the teaching and scholarly activities of our faculty, encourage personalized student learning, foster interactions and partnerships with our surrounding communities, and provide opportunities for the intellectual, cultural, and artistic enrichment of the region.

To achieve our mission and vision:

  • We inspire all members of the campus community to demand more of self than we do of others to attain new knowledge and challenge assumptions.
  • We challenge one another to be fully engaged, responsible citizens with the ethics, knowledge, skills, and desire to improve self and community.
  • We value learning that encompasses lifelong exploration and discovery through intellectual integrity, personal responsibility, global and self-awareness, grounded in individual student-faculty interactions.
  • We are a student-centered community committed to a diverse, caring, learning-focused environment that fosters collegial, reflective and open exchange of ideas.
  • We, as students, create the collegiate experience through initiative, participation, motivation, and continual growth to meet the demands of self and others.
  • We, as faculty, elicit, nurture, and enhance the different voices of our selves, students and communities through deliberate engagement, continual discovery and ongoing transformation.
  • We, as staff and administrators, contribute to the learning environment by demonstrating the knowledge, skills and values that serve and support the University’s mission.

We encourage you to learn more about our vision of lifelong learning and our commitment to engage our community of learners. Contact information for our Admissions & Records office appears below. You may also want to delve into our Website at

Admissions & Outreach Services
California State University Stanislaus
One University Circle
Turlock, California 95382 ∙ (209) 667-3070


The State Legislature established what was then known as Stanislaus State College in 1957. The first classes opened in September of 1960 on the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. In 1965, the college moved to its permanent campus. It was awarded university status and renamed California State University, Stanislaus in 1985.

Residents of San Joaquin County gained access to public higher education when the University opened the Stockton Center on the campus of San Joaquin Delta College in 1974. In the fall of 1998, the Center, renamed Stanislaus State Stockton Center, moved to its permanent site on Magnolia Avenue at University Park in downtown Stockton.

Institutional Accreditation

Stanislaus State received its first full accreditation in 1965 and full re-accreditations in 1999 and 2010 from:

WASC Senior College and University Commission
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 748-9001 * Fax: (510) 748-9797 *

Specialized Accreditation

The following programs are accredited by their specialized accrediting agencies:

College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Art - National Association of Schools of Art and Design 
  • Music - National Association of Schools of Music
  • Public Administration - National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Theatre Arts - National Association of Schools of Theatre

College of Business Administration

  • Business Administration - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Intl.

College of Education, Kinesiology and Social Work

  • Education - National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Social Work - Council on Social Work Education

College of Science

  • Genetic Counseling - American Board of Genetic Counseling
  • Nursing - Board of Registered Nursing; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Psychology - Association for Behavior Analysis  


Stanislaus State is part of the California State University, a 23-campus system across California. With nearly 450,000 students, it is the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. CSU campuses emphasize access to quality public higher education and workforce preparation that is responsive to regional needs.

Stanislaus State is a member of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program, giving students from outside of California a valuable opportunity to participate in California’s top-notch public university system. The WUE is a part of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Through WUE, students in Arizona, Montana, Oregon, Alaska, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Washington, Hawaii, South/North Dakota, Wyoming, and Idaho may enroll at Stanislaus State at a reduced tuition level: 150 percent of in-state resident tuition. WUE tuition is considerably less than nonresident tuition.


For 10 straight years, the Princeton Review has included Stanislaus State as one of the top 380 schools in the country, a distinction awarded to less than 15 percent of colleges and universities in the United States. In 2015, Money Magazine ranked Stanislaus State No. 3 overall and No. 1 among the nation’s public universities among schools that best help students “exceed expectations.” In October, 2015, in a study commissioned by National Public Radio, Stanislaus State was ranked No. 5 in the nation for the “upward mobility” of its students. In addition, US News & World Report ranks Stanislaus State No. 9 for attracting Hispanic students and the University is designated as a Hispanic-serving institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The University consistently receives high ratings from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It is noted for small class sizes and for the low student debt upon graduation.

Student Body

 The diverse student body includes many first generation college students and working parents. As of fall 2015, the student body of 9,282 includes 8,099 undergraduate students and 1,183 postbaccalaureate/graduate students.


The success of an educational institution is measured by the success of its graduates. Stanislaus State prides itself on its contributions to the economy of the state of California and to a wide range of fields that include education, public service, law enforcement, business, health care, and other important professions. According to, Stanislaus State ranks in the top universities nationwide for producing top wage-earning alumni. Since the founding class, more than 50,000 alumni proudly call Stanislaus State their alma mater. The Office of Alumni Relations promotes involvement in the community with activities such as receptions, fundraisers, service projects, networking events and family-oriented events.


California State University, Stanislaus blends modern facilities with the pastoral charm of the countryside. The University enjoys an ideal location in the heart of California’s Central Valley, a short distance from the San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey, Big Sur, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and the governmental hub of Sacramento. The 228-acre campus is located in the city of Turlock - a community that prides itself on its small-town atmosphere, clean living space, excellent schools, and low crime rate. The campus itself is a beautiful, park-like setting in an environment conducive to learning. Shaded by hundreds of trees and graced by ponds, trickling streams and waterfalls, the picturesque campus offers moments of peace and relaxation to busy students, staff, and visitors. These physical surroundings encourage and welcome students, faculty, staff, and the community to actively participate in the learning-centered activities sponsored by the campus.


The campus originally contained two buildings when it opened in its present location in 1965: the classroom building, renamed Dorothy and Bill Bizzini Hall; and the library building, named after founding President Dr. J. Burton Vasché. A few years later, the art, theatre, music, and science buildings were added. The Health Center, dedicated in 1981, provides basic medical services, health maintenance, and health education.

The University Student Union building houses the Associated Students, Inc. office, the Carol Burke Student Lounge, the Game Room, TV lounge, and the Warrior, Stanislaus, and Lakeside conference rooms. The Dining Hall complex offers a 553-seat cafeteria, a smaller dining room, Warrior Grill, and Pop’s convenience store.

The Residence Life Village student housing complex opened in 1993 and includes apartment-style accommodations with laundry facilities, a dining hall, a computer lab, recreation room, tennis courts, courtyard with barbecue areas, two pools and a unit for the Faculty in Residence.

Physical education facilities include a fieldhouse, the 2,300-seat Ed and Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena, baseball and softball diamonds with lights for night play, tennis courts, and a swimming pool. In addition, the Student Recreation Complex, which opened in 2009, is anchored by an 18,000-square-foot fitness center and includes Warrior Stadium, a 2,100-seat state-of-the-art facility that is home to Stanislaus State’s soccer and track and field teams. The stadium played host to the 2011 NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships.

Demergasso-Bava Hall, built in 1998, houses classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories and faculty offices, several academic departments, The Signal student newspaper, the campus radio and television stations, and the Distance Learning Center.

The Mary Stuart Rogers Educational Services Gateway Building, completed in 2002, provides one-stop student services, including enrollment, advising, counseling, career development, and several administrative offices.

The John Stuart Rogers Faculty Development Center, which opened in 2003, offers faculty members a gathering place to form research partnerships, promote service learning, integrate academic technology into pedagogical practices, and work on projects in multimedia laboratories.

The Bernell and Flora Snider Music Recital Hall, dedicated in 2003, provides the ideal acoustical showcase for student, faculty and guest talent.

The Nora and Hashem Naraghi Hall of Science, completed in 2007, offers state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, plus a new observatory, animal care facility and greenhouse.

The University Bookstore, completed in 2008, is the first separate building for the bookstore in the nearly 50-year history of the University. Designed by internationally-known architect Thomas Gordon Smith, it features an impressive octagonal entry tower and basilican form.

Built in 1971, the Science 1 building recently underwent an $18 million, two-year seismic retrofit and renovation. The building - reopened in 2014 with eight new classrooms and an open computer lab - is now the home for the departments of mathematics, philosophy and modern languages, as well as the School of Nursing, which now boasts a cutting-edge simulation lab. Photovoltaic solar panels were installed on the roof to provide for the majority of the building’s energy needs. Additional skylights and windows provide more natural light and have further reduced energy costs.


Location: Turlock, California

Organization: College of the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences; College of Business Administration; College of Education, Kinesiology and Social Work; College of Science

First Class: 1960 (as Stanislaus State College)

President: Dr. Joseph F. Sheley

Faculty: 549 full and part-time (as of Fall 2015)

Enrollment: 9,282 (as of Fall 2015)

Affiliation: The California State University (23-campus system)

Fields of study: More than 180 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations; master’s degrees in 23 programs; an Executive and Online MBA; a doctorate in education; credentials in teacher preparation and professional areas; and more than 2,000 courses.

Annual Cost: Approximately $6,704 for full-time undergraduate in-state student tuition fees

Student Aid: About 80 percent of students receive some form of financial aid

Athletics: NCAA Division II

Women: Basketball, cross country, soccer, volleyball, softball, tennis, track and field

Men: Baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track and field