The Center for STEM Excellence

The Center for STEM Excellence was created to facilitate discussions and share ideas among the wide variety of STEM disciplines across this campus. The Center assists faculty members in writing grant proposals and takes an active role in fostering pipeline for STEM-trained professionals in Sacramento and California.


The Center for Interdisciplinary Molecular Biology: Education, Research and Advancement was created to play a lead role in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in both research and education in the burgeoning fields of Cell and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Rapid scientific advances, and an equally rapid expansion of the biotechnology industry as a result, have increased our need for a source of information and training in these important fields.  Just a few of the many outgrowths of this information explosion include the use of embryonic and adult stem cells, therapeutic vs. reproductive cloning, genetics and evolutionary theory, genetically modified organisms (GMO), and nutrient-gene interactions. The Center provides a geographic and intellectual center for interdisciplinary basic and applied research, for the training of undergraduate and graduate students, and for community-based educational programs.  Like the chimera of Greek legend, the Center blends the strengths of many CSUS faculty, and our colleagues in government and industry, into a powerful force for education.

Science Educational Equity (SEE)

SEE is a comprehensive discipline-based program in the sciences. It is designed to increase the number of well prepared students from underrepresented groups entering graduate and professional schools.

Center for Mathematics and Science Education (MASE)

MASE represents an alliance between Sacramento State faculty and their counterparts in K-12 education in the Sacramento region. MASE also provides assistance to Sac State students enrolled in teacher preparation programs.

Center for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences (CPNS)

The Center for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences at California State University, Sacramento engages in research and scholarship that explores the philosophical implications underlying recent innovations in contemporary science, including those occurring in the areas of quantum physics, cosmology, and the study of complex adaptive systems. This exploration is, in part, a speculative philosophical enterprise intended to contribute to the framework of a suitable bridge by which scientific and philosophical concepts might not only be cross-joined, but mutually supported.

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML)

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories are operated by a consortium of six campuses of the California State University, including CSU, Sacramento. Classes at MLML are open to upper-division undergraduate and graduate students enrolled through the consortium campuses.

United States Geological Survey

The Water Resources Division of the USGS has established its Western Regional Headquarters in Placer Hall. Students and faculty now have the chance to engage in collaborative research with USGS scientists.

Center for Regional Environmental Science & Technology (CREST)

CREST is a cross-disciplinary, interdepartmental group of faculty formed to respond to intensifying needs for high-quality, independent scientific studies of the natural and physical environment.