Imagine being on a hilltop observatory peering up at the stars using state-of-the-art technology to look for clues about the nature of gravity, chemically analyzing a river water sample to determine the human impact on the natural environment, or taking a field trip to study the Mendocino triple junction atop the Cascadia subduction zone and San Andreas fault.

These are just some of the activities you could do as part of the Stars to Rocks program, a cross-disciplinary learning community for ChemistryGeology, Physical Science, and Physics & Astronomy majors. Being a part of this community has many advantages. For example, you will:

  • Enroll in program-specific sections of major and general education (GE) courses. These courses will demonstrate the link between the four majors as well as relate them to the place where you are choosing to live and study for the next four years.

  • Participate in a special GE course with students in the Stars to Rocks program designed to introduce you to your major, Humboldt, and what it means to be a scientist.

  • Take a Native American Studies course that will connect western science with Indigenous cultures, values, and environmental knowledges.

  • Conduct research experiments alongside your peers and faculty with access to modern laboratory instrumentation.

  • Be paired with a peer mentor through Humboldt’s Retention through Academic Mentoring Program (RAMP). The students trained in mentoring will be ready to help find answers to all of your questions about your major and college life.

  • Have the option to live in Stars to Rocks themed housing.

  • Have the opportunity to participate in a Humboldt Immersion program before the start of the semester, including field trips, science projects, and other fun activities.

Stars to Rocks at Cal Poly Humboldt



Place-Based Learning Communities at Cal Poly Humboldt