background 0background 1background 2background 3



If you’re looking for hands-on research experience, you need the right tools. At Cal Poly Humboldt, you’ll find a surprising array of special facilities that are available for undergraduates to use. It’s not something you’ll find at most universities.

At the Ocean

We take full advantage of our location on California’s pristine North Coast. In nearby Trinidad, we have a fully-equipped marine lab, and just to the south in Eureka is the home port of our research vessel, the 90-foot RV Coral Sea. Each are used for undergraduate teaching, special projects and research.

Artistic Touches

Students studying art at Humboldt have access to large and well-equipped studio facilities. They include the largest metal-casting foundry on the West Coast, an 8,500-square foot ceramics facility, cutting-edge computer lab, photo labs, and extensive sculpture and painting studios.

Humboldt State is also the only California state university to offer an undergraduate certificate in Museum and Gallery Practices. There are four galleries on campus—three of which are dedicated to providing students with artist exhibition and gallery management experience. We also have a gallery off-campus in Eureka where students have hands-on opportunities.

Research Facilities

California Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

A cooperation among Cal Poly Humboldt, the Dept. of Fish & Game, and US Dept. of the Interior to conduct research that benefits fish, wildlife, their habitats, and ecosystems.

Child Development Laboratory

A program serving area families with young children, which provides an observation and research site for University faculty and students

Coral Sea Research Vessel

An outdoor classroom for Humboldt students to study and conduct research on the ocean, its fisheries, wildlife, biology and geology.

Fickle Hill Observatory

Used for teaching and research in Astronomy courses.

Gravitational Research Laboratory

A Physics laboratory researching short-range tests of Newton's 1/r2 law and the Weak Equivalence Principle, searches for new fundamental forces and investigates the mechanism behind Dark Energy.

Humboldt Library

Teaching library that offers access to books, government documents, index, reference, and full-text databases.

Human Performance Lab

Staffed by Exercise Science students, the lab offers cardiovascular fitness, body composition assessments, nutrition analysis, and personalized fitness programs to Humboldt and the community.

L.W. Schatz Demonstration Tree Farm

A field experiment station for forestry researchers, an outdoor classroom for educators, and a demonstration area for forestry extension professionals.

Language Lab

Resources that enhance the study of foreign languages, including digital audio, dedicated foreign language word processing and language software.

Marine Wildlife Care Center

Part of a network of wildlife emergency response centers, the facility is used to care for oiled seabirds in the event of a spill along California's North Coast

Schatz Energy Research Center

One of the foremost fuel cell development laboratories, SERC's fuel cell systems have proven to be among the most reliable and efficient in the world.

Spatial Analysis Lab

Students gain hands-on experience in applying GIS and remote sensing technologies as tools for managing, evaluating, analyzing and visualizing spatial data.

Vascular Plant Herbarium

A botanical resource for students and faculty and researchers containing nearly 100,000 specimens, with a strong emphasis in the flora of northwest California and southwest Oregon.

Vertebrate Museum

With over 8,000 specimens, the teaching and research collection is the second largest of its kind in the CSU System and is particularly strong in marine mammals of the Pacific.

Public Facilities

Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the first in the nation to use constructed wetlands for urban wastewater treatment. Many engineering students have been involved in research projects at the marsh. The current activities are focused on understanding the cycling of nitrogen through the treatment system and possible treatment processes that could be used to reduce the ammonia and total nitrogen concentration of the effluent.

Dennis K. Walker Greenhouse

Housing the largest botany collection in the California State University system

Campus Center For Appropriate Technology

Showcasing technologies that contribute to a healthy environment

Natural History Museum

Focusing on the Earth and its biota through time, located in Arcata

Telonicher Marine Laboratory

Research facility in Trinidad open to visitors

Wildlife Museum

On display in the Wildlife & Fisheries Building