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Learning in Action

At CSUSM, we expect you to put your learning to action, in service to the community and in the classroom and the lab. 


You will play a vital role in the cutting-edge research happening at CSUSM, helping to solve the critical issues of our region, our nation and our world. Whatever your field of study, you will be inspired to put your knowledge to work as you explore solutions to the challenges of today alongside our renowned professors.

Your passion for discovery could lead you to studying body movement in our one-of-a-kind surf institute, preserving the remote languages of Central America, investigating the science of addiction, or helping a local brewery reduce their carbon footprint. As an undergraduate you will have the unique opportunity to conduct and publish real research, opening doors to some of the region’s most sought-after careers. 


You can make memories and make a difference through service at CSUSM. We believe so much in being engaged in our community that we built service into the course curriculum, and each year you and your fellow students will dedicate time and talent to this mission. That spirit of giving back extends beyond the classroom and has inspired our students to volunteer locally and abroad.

Put your newly acquired skills and knowledge to use, whether providing free healthcare to the homeless at our nursing clinics, helping a local business launch a new product, working with area schools to bring science to life for kids, or producing a promotional film for a non-profit. Through these meaningful service opportunities, you can effect change and make a lasting impact on your community.