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2009-2010 Academic Catalog 
2009-2010 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

CSU Stanislaus at a Glance

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Vision Statement

CSU Stanislaus 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 which 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. Information on contacting our Admissions & Records office appears below. You may also want to delve into our Web site at www.csustan.edu.

Admissions & Records
California State University, Stanislaus
One University Circle
Turlock, California 95382 ∙ (209) 667-3152

Institutional Accreditation

CSU Stanislaus received its first accreditation in 1964 and a 10-year accreditation in 1999 from:

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 748-9001 * Fax: (510) 748-9797 * www.wascsenior.org

Specialized Accreditation

The following programs are accredited by their specialty organizations:

College of the Arts

  • Art — National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • Music — National Association of Schools of Music
  • Theatre — National Association of Schools of Theatre

College of Business Administration

  • AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

College of Education

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

College of Human and Health Sciences

  • Nursing — Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and Board of Registered Nursing
  • Psychology — Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Social Work — Council on Social Work Education

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Public Administration — National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

College of Natural Sciences

  • Chemistry — American Chemical Society
  • Genetic Counseling —American Board of Genetic Counselors


The Princeton Review ranked CSU Stanislaus as one of the best 368 colleges in the nation, a distinction awarded to only 15 percent of colleges and universities throughout the United States. The University is among the Top 100 colleges for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students, and it is designated as a Hispanic-serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities recognized CSU Stanislaus as one of 12 public universities nationwide that demonstrate exceptional performance in improving retention and graduation rates.

CSU Stanislaus consistently receives high ratings from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It is noted for small class sizes and a low percentage of student debt upon graduation.


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: 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, Mom’s smoothie/coffee bar, 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, a 2,300-seat gymnasium called Warrior Arena, a soccer field, baseball and softball diamonds, tennis courts, an all-weather track, and a swimming pool. The new Student Recreation Complex houses a soccer field and track facility in addition to an 18,000-square-foot fitness center.

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, and 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.


Location: Turlock, California

Organization: College of the Arts, College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Human & Health Sciences, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Natural Sciences

First Class: 1960 (as Stanislaus State College)

President: Dr. Hamid Shirvani

Faculty: 336 full-time (as of Fall 2008)

Enrollment: 8,600 (as of Fall 2008)

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

Fields of study: Undergraduate degrees in 41 majors; master’s degrees in 24 programs; a doctorate in education; credentials in teacher preparation and in four professional areas; and more than 1,000 courses

Annual Cost: Approximately $4,131 for undergraduate student fees

Student Aid: About 70 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