Cal State Channel Islands

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California State University Channel Islands is located in California's Ventura County, in Camarillo, California. The university provides undergraduate and graduate education, which facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.The university was opened in 2002, as the 23rd campus in the California State University System.It was built in the early part of the 20th century, as the former Camarillo State Hospital. The sprawling 1930s Spanish revival buildings, tiled fountains, Bell Tower, cloistered hallways, open space, and many courtyards are being renovated to house the new state-of-the-art 21st-century facility.The campus site represents a significant and interesting segment of Southern California history. It depicts stories of the Chumash people, Californians, politicians, early ranchers, captains of agribusiness, Camarillo State Hospital associates, field workers, and Ventura County families.Cal State Channel Islands, as it is often refered to, offers majors in 10 areas of study – art, computer science, business, English, liberal studies, environmental science and resource management, history, mathematics, and psychology.Courses are taught by qualified, well-experienced faculty, which includes 60 full-time professors and about 145 lecturers.

Camarillo State Hospital Collection

The State of California acquired 1500 acres in the City of Camarillo, County of Ventura, for the Department of Developmental Services to build a state hospital in 1932. The hospital was designed to house 7000 patients and over 700 staff, making it the largest mental hospital in the world upon its completion. A former PWA project, the hospital supported a state-of-the-art teaching hospital, held a notable partnership with UCLA's psychiatric facility, was a large community employer, housed a number of famous patients, and often is (and has been) the set or background for a number of movies and television shows. The hospital was officially closed in 1997 and was subsequently acquired by the California State University (CSU) system to house the new CSU Channel Islands campus.

The Camarillo State Hospital collection contains artifacts, documents, newspaper articles, oral histories, maps, and photographs relating to the operation of the hospital and its relationship with staff, patients, and the community. For more information about the Camarillo State Hospital Collection, including the finding guide, click here.

Portions of the Camarillo State Hospital Collection are available online.

Student life Edit

Throughout the year students can participate in intramural sports, health and fitness activities join various student organizations utilize waterfront programs (sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking) and participate in outdoor adventures (Group camping trips to the Channel Islands and day hikes), honor societies, leadership retreats and workshops, multicultural programs, sports clubs, block parties, and career and graduate fairs.

All levels, freshman through graduate
*Demographics of student body Fall 2020 [37] Fall 2019 [38] Fall 2018 [39]
Hispanic/Latino Americans 56% 53% Null
Mexican American/Chicano Null Null 42.2%
Other Latino American Null Null 9.4%
White 25% 27% 27.7%
Asian American 6% 6% 3.0%
Filipino American Null Null 2.9%
Pacific Islander 0% 0% 0.1%
Black 2% 2% 2.2%
Native American/American Indian 0% 0% 0.3%
Multiracial Americans 4% 4% 4.1%
International/Non-resident alien 3% 3% 2.4%
Unknown 3% 5% 5.6%
Woman 65% Null Null
Man 35% Null Null

Student demographics Edit

The student population is diverse, with 50% of students identifying as Hispanic/Latina/o American, 29% identifying as White American, 5% as Asian American, 2% African American, 4.5% as mixed-race and 6% unknown. The student population is 64% percent female and 36% percent male in 2017. [40]

Channel Islands Boating Center (CIBC) Edit

Located at the Channel Islands harbor, The Channel Islands Boating Center (CIBC) is a facility that provides FREE educational and recreational opportunities to current students of CSUCI. The CIBC is also available to community residents for a small fee. The waterfront program through the CIBC offers various instructional and safety classes in kayaking, sunset kayaking, sailing and stand up paddle boarding. They also take clubs and organizations out for group adventures. Beach clean-ups have also been added to the schedule.

Outdoor Adventures Edit

The Outdoor Adventure (OA) program provides students with experiences that promote personal growth, experiential learning, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship to the CI community. They offer adventure trips off campus, day hikes, waterfront activities in sailing, kayaking, standup paddle boarding and team activities.

Housing Edit

Three villages make up student housing. They are named after three of the Channel Islands: Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Rosa.

Opened in the fall of 2007, Santa Cruz Village is home to sophomore students and students who have completed fewer than thirty units. Most suites are two-bedroom, housing six students with three in each bedroom. Most single occupancy rooms are reserved for the Resident Assistants or "RAs," students employed by Housing and Residential Education. Santa Cruz Village has various amenities including a game room, a fitness room, a dance studio, television rooms, and study rooms. At capacity, Santa Cruz Village is home to 460 residents. Anacapa Village houses transfer students and junior-level students. Each dorm has a small kitchen and living area, two bathrooms, and four bedrooms housing six roommates in a two-double, two-single format.

University Glen Corporation Edit

The University Glen Community [41] contains 658 apartments (available for rent only), town homes and single-family residences (available for rental or purchase). Sizes range from 1,400 to 2,400 sq ft (130 to 220 m 2 ) and offer more living space than what could be found outside of the University.

The Town Center is a multi-use building with apartments on the two upper floors and 30,000 sq ft (2,800 m 2 ) of retail space on the first floor. Current tenants of the Town Center include The Cove Bookstore, Tortillas Grill and Cantina, Pizza 3.14, Town Center Market, Coast Copy Center, and the University Glen Corporation offices. [42] The University Glen Corporation also extends onto campus, managing the cafeteria, Freudian Sip, the Lighthouse Cafe, and catering services all over campus.


In 1932, the State of California purchased 1,760 acres (7.1 km2) of the Lewis ranch, located three miles south of the city of Camarillo, and established the Camarillo State Mental Hospital. Camarillo State Hospital was in use from 1936 to 1997. During its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, the hospital was at the forefront of treating illnesses that previously had been thought of as untreatable. An example of this was the drug and therapy procedures the facility's doctors developed for schizophrenia. Many of these programs initiated at Camarillo helped patients formerly relegated to a lifetime of warehousing in an institution or lobotomies be able to leave the hospital and move to less restrictive group homes or become (at least nearly) independent. The hospital continued to be a leader in the research of drugs and therapies in subsequent years. They also had one of the first units of any hospital to deal with autism.

Due to its low patient number and the rising costs per patient, the governor of California at the time, Republican Pete Wilson, announced in January 1996 plans to close down the hospital in July 1997. Various members of the community, family members of patients, and employees of Camarillo made several last-ditch efforts to keep the hospital open, arguing in part that the patients are already used to Camarillo and questioned where they would go. Some tried to get mentally ill criminals placed in Camarillo in an effort to save it, a proposal that had come up several times before, but again community members were concerned of the risk of criminals escaping into the community. Pete Wilson ended up standing his ground and the hospital closed down in late June 1997, with the patients and research facilities moved to other locations.

Originally it was intended to turn Camarillo into a prison, but community opposition in part and interest from the Cal State Universities led to its conversion into a university- California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI). CSUCI had its first classes in fall 2002, four years ahead of the original schedule. Most of the buildings of Camarillo have been preserved and revitalized, including all the original 1930s mission-style buildings. The university is Ventura County's first public university and is quickly becoming a destination university. It had 2,300 students in 2006, but is expected to grow to 15,000 by 2025.

Upper Division Interdisciplinary General Education Courses

Nine of the 48 units of General Education have been designated as upper division, interdisciplinary courses. These courses integrate significant content, ideas, and ways of knowing from more than one discipline. Each of these courses will involve the student in collaborative work, critical thinking, and integration of ideas. By taking nine units of these courses in categories A-E, students will extend their experience across the curriculum and gain more breadth of educational experience. In addition, they will begin to make connections between their majors and a variety of other fields and ways of knowing, increasing both their knowledge and their ability to communicate with people across the disciplinary spectrum.

  • The 9 units of resident upper division General Education required of all students must be selected from the listing of upper division interdisciplinary courses. Courses may be cross-listed in two or more disciplines. A minimum of three semester units must come from a discipline outside the student’s major and not cross-listed with the student’s major discipline.
  • All upper division, interdisciplinary courses will include substantive written work consisting of in-class writing as well as outside-class writing of revised prose.
  • Courses numbered 330-349 do not have prerequisites.
  • Courses numbered 430-449 may have prerequisites.
  • Students must have junior standing or permission from the instructor to enroll in these courses.

History Research Guide

OneSearch is the catalog for both the John Spoor Broome (JSB) Library and all 23 California State Universities. Everything or Books and Media All CSU will allow you to search all the books and media for the 23 campuses. The Books and Media CSUI allows you to locate books, electronic books, DVDs, CDs, and other items owned by the JSB Library.

WorldCat is a library catalog that contains items from libraries worldwide. When you find an item you would like in WorldCat you will want to click on the item title to verify that California State University, Channel Islands is not one of the libraries that owns this item. If you would like to request this item click link Request Item through Interlibrary Loan. This is a service available only to CSUCI Students, Faculty, and Staff.

Ebrary offers access to thousands of e-books from trustworthy, academic publishers, this database provides authoritative information across the disciplines, including Language and Literature. Ebrary books can be downloaded to personal computers or devices (except Kindle) after creating a personal account and signing in. They may also be saved in PDF.

* Graduation

Graduation Information and Application Process for the Bachelor’s Degree

To qualify for graduation students must complete all requirements for the bachelor’s degree by the official graduation date listed in the schedule of classes. Graduation is not automatic upon the completion of requirements. Students who intend to graduate must take the initiative and should follow the steps listed below. While students are ultimately responsible for completing all degree requirements, assistance is available through faculty advisement, the Advising Center and the Registrar’s Office. It is important that students meet regularly with an advisor to avoid graduation problems and delays.

Application for Graduation

The Application for Graduation is available online through your myCI Student Center in CI Records.  Once your application has been processed, the status in the top section of your CI Academic Requirements Report (CARR) will change from “Not Applied” to “Applied.”  Be sure to pay the $50 graduation application fee that should populate within 24 hours.  Non-payment may result in a registration hold placed on your account. 

Graduation Application Process

  • Submit your Application for Graduation online (and pay the application fee) and submit any approved course substitutions, petitions and final transcripts from all transfer institutions to the Registrar’s Office by the published filing deadline for the term in which you wish to graduate. (The graduation fee covers the cost of the diploma cover, the diploma, and the annual commencement ceremony.) 
  • The CSUCI Academic Requirements Report (CARR) will display your Graduation Status:

- Applied for Graduation indicates that your Application for Graduation has been received

  • Participate in the commencement ceremony held at the end of the spring semester if eligible (see policy on Commencement Participation  (SP㺉-10)).
  • Students not completing the requirements by expected date of graduation must submit a change of graduation term form to the Registrar’s Office and pay the re-filing fee.
  • After Graduation Evaluators verify completion of all degree requirements, a diploma is normally available within four months of final clearance. Proof of graduation is available by ordering official transcripts online:
  • Students may visit the Registrar’s Office website for more information regarding graduation at:

CSUCI Academic Requirements Report

The CSUCI Academic Requirements Report (CARR) - contains customized degree progress information, which can assist you in planning your course of study. The CARR outlines general education, graduation, major and minor (if applicable) requirements. It is student specific and will display requirements you have met and requirements you have yet to meet using internal credit (CSUCI courses) and external credit (transfer, military and test credit). When you have not met a requirement, the report will list course options that will meet the requirement. To ensure timely graduation, always work with your academic and faculty advisors. Review your transfer credit report for accuracy. Several tutorials and the How to View Your CI Academic Requirements Report (CARR) documents are available. These documents will guide you through the steps to access your report, as well as allow you to request updates to your CARR. For more information about the CSUCI Academic Requirements Report visit.

Commencement and Honors Convocation

Commencement and Honors Convocation are held each year in the spring, bringing together local community members to celebrate the accomplishment of our students.

University Honors

To receive honors at graduation at CSUCI, a student must:

  1. Complete a minimum 30 units of courses taken at CSUCI for a letter grade.
  2. Earn a grade point average of 3.50 or above in all work taken at CSUCI.
  3. Earn the following cumulative grade point average in all undergraduate courses, including transfer work:

Summa Cum Laude - This honor is awarded to all students who earn a grade point average of 3.90 - 4.0.

Magna Cum Laude - This honor is awarded to all students who earn a grade point average of 3.75 - 3.89

Cum Laude - This honor is awarded to all students who earn a grade point average of 3.50 - 3.74.

Commencement Participation

Commencement is held annually at the end of the spring semester. Students who have completed degree or credential requirements the previous summer or fall terms are eligible to participate in the ceremony along with those who plan to complete their work in the spring or subsequent summer ending August 31, and have filed an Application for Degree and Diploma. Names of graduates and degree candidates who have applied for graduation by the published deadline will be published in the Commencement Program. Students who do not wish to have their names published in the Commencement Program may opt out by filing a Request to Withhold Directory Information form with the Office of the Registrar.

Graduate Student Degree Requirements:

Refer to Graduate Studies    Section of the catalog for details. 

Liberal Studies Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies provides students with a comprehensive, multidimensional education in a variety of disciplines and serves as an excellent base for further professional educational development. There are two Emphases in Liberal Studies: Concentrated Studies Emphasis and Teaching and Learning Emphasis.

For more information about one of the below emphases, click the title of the emphasis.

Concentrated Studies Emphasis

This emphasis allows students to develop a Program of Study with a faculty advisor which focuses on a disciplinary or interdisciplinary area. In addition to students interested in non-traditional or interdisciplinary degree programs, this emphasis will be of interest to students who have taken substantial course work from a four-year institution in a discipline not currently reflected in the majors at CSUCI.

Teaching and Learning Emphasis

The Teaching and Learning Emphasis provides multiple subject matter preparation for students to be admitted to the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. The curriculum in this emphasis has been submitted to the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing for approval. This emphasis will provide critical subject matter preparation for passage of the CSET, as an admission requirement for our Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program.

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Four-Year Plan to Graduation: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Biochemistry Option

First Year

  • CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (4) (or CHEM 105)
  • CHEM 123 General Chemistry Problem Solving I (1) (recommended)
  • MATH 150 Calculus I (4) (or MATH 105)
  • ENGL 105 Composition I (3) (GE A2)
  • General Education Course (3)


  • CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (4)
  • CHEM 124 General Chemistry Problem Solving II (1) (recommended)
  • MATH 151 Calculus II (4)
  • BIOL 201 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
  • CHEM 150 Critical Thinking (3) (GE A1)

Second Year

  • CHEM 250 Quantitative Analysis (3) (can take this in Spring with lab)
  • CHEM 251 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1)
  • CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I (3)
  • CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
  • PHYS 200 General Physics I (4) (or PHYS 100)
  • General Education Course (3) (or independent research)


  • CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II (3)
  • CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
  • PHYS 201 General Physics II (4) (or PHYS 101)
  • General Education Course (3) (or independent research)
  • General Education Course (3)

Third Year

  • CHEM 305 Computer Applications in Chemistry (1)
  • CHEM 371 Physical Chemistry I (3)
  • CHEM 372 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
  • BIOL 300 Cell Biology (4)
  • General Education Course (3) (or independent research)


  • BIOL 400 Molecular Biology (4)
  • Chemistry Elective (3-4)
  • CHEM 494 Research (1-3) (recommended)
  • General Education Course (3) (can be UDIGE course)
  • General Education Course (3)

Fourth Year

  • CHEM 460 Biochemistry I (3)
  • CHEM 461 Biochemistry I Laboratory (1)
  • CHEM 494 Research (1-3) (recommended)
  • Chemistry Elective (3-4)
  • General Education Course (3) (can be UDIGE course)
  • General Education Course (3)


  • CHEM 462 Biochemistry II (3)
  • CHEM 463 Biochemistry II Laboratory (1)
  • CHEM 499 Chemistry Capstone (2)
  • Chemistry Elective (3-4)
  • General Education Course (3) (can be UDIGE course)
  • General Education Course (3)

To maximize University Electives, it is recommended that the nine units of upper-division, interdisciplinary GE courses (numbered 330-349 or 430-449) be taken from those courses marked with an asterisk (*), in order to meet simultaneously Categories A-E and the nine units of Upper-Division GE.

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