May 15, 2021  
2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Research Centers and Institutes

Archaeological Research Facility

McCarthy Hall 2

The CSUF Archaeological Research Facility houses archaeological material, much of it from Orange County, and sponsors and conducts a variety of activities for CSUF students and the community. Through field work, donations and permanent curation agreements, the center has accumulated an extensive collection of about 4,000 cubic feet. With its laboratory equipment, computer facilities, comparative collections and research library, the center serves as a source for other colleges and universities, as well as professional archaeologists in public agencies and private organizations. Students who are interested in archaeology can work with the archaeology faculty at the ARF by enrolling in an internship course (ANTH 491). CSUF anthropology graduate students may earn their master’s degrees by analyzing these materials.

Brand Values Research Center

The Brand Values Research Center focuses on three goals: research, education and outreach.

  • Research — trains students to engage in real-world studies about corporate values that lead to trust, satisfaction and loyalty.
  • Education — assists in developing curricula that includes values-based instruction for students.
  • Outreach — partners with community organizations to enhance student learning through collaborative efforts.

The center helps students grow as communication professionals who bring added value to companies by deepening the students’ understanding of, and engagement in, brand values.

Catalyst Center for the Advancement of Research in Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science

McCarthy Hall 531

The Catalyst Center for the Advancement of Research in Teaching and Learning Math and Science at Cal State Fullerton brings together science and math education experts across two colleges and seven departments to advance the capacity for research in teaching and learning across the entire spectrum of math and science education, from preschool through graduate education and including informal and teacher education.

The mission of the Catalyst Center is to provide professional support for CSUF scholars conducting research across three key areas:

  • Research on Teaching and Learning in Math and Science focuses on improving understanding of the ways students learn math and science, and best practices for teaching STEM subjects, with the ultimate goal of improving achievement in pre-K through graduate math and science students.
  • Research on Math and Science Student Academic Experiences focuses on identifying classroom and institutional structures that affect student attitudes, identity, and persistence in math and science programs.
  • Research on Recruitment, Education, and Experiences of Math and Science Teachers focuses on the identification of innovative and effective strategies to better identify, educate, and support high-quality pre-K-14 math and science teachers.

Director: Joel K. Abraham, associate professor of biological science
Associate director: Antoinette Linton, assistant professor of secondary education
Associate director: Michael E. Loverude, professor of physics

Center for Applied Biotechnology Studies

McCarthy Hall 282

The Center for Applied Biotechnology Studies is an interdisciplinary organization that provides research, consulting opportunities and services to the local and state biotechnology/biomedical communities through its applied research activities and workforce-oriented educational program. The goals of the center are: 1) to contribute to educational programs that will support workforce development in biotechnology with emphasis on such areas as biocomputing, biodevices, bioengineering and biopharmaceutics; 2) to create an environment where applied research by faculty and students is a primary objective; and 3) to foster interactions with biotechnology/biomedical industry locally, regionally and statewide.

The activities of the Center for Applied Biotechnology Studies are expected to increase the number of Cal State Fullerton students entering the biotechnology/biomedical workforce in Orange County and elsewhere, increase the number of applied research projects, increase the frequency of technology transfers into the biotechnology sector, and to become a vehicle for increased biotechnology/biomedical information flow between the university and the private sector. For more information, contact Marcelo Tolmasky, professor of biological science, at 657-278-5263.

Center for Autism

The CSUF Center for Autism is dedicated to research, education and service in autism spectrum disorders. Two cores constitute the Center for Autism. The Applied Developmental Core in the College of Health and Human Development focuses on understanding developmental processes in autism and promoting competence and well-being in children with ASD and their families. The Education Core in the College of Education equips teacher candidates in using evidence-based supports for learners with ASD across the life span. Major emphases of the center include research, empirically-based practice, and the application of research findings to assessment, advocacy, intervention and professional training.

Applied Developmental Core
Education-Classroom Building 560

Education Core
College Park 570

The Center for Boys and Men


The Center for Boys and Men promotes research and community outreach in areas related to the psychological well-being of boys and men. The center facilitates scholarly work on male gender role norms and diverse forms of masculinity and how they intersect with mental health. The center also provides programs and trainings for local professionals in schools, mental health agencies, hospitals and independent practice to help them respond to the mental health needs of boys and men. Special emphasis is given to issues where male gender norms affect the diverse communities within Southern California.

Center for Cancer Disparities Research

Kinesiology and Health Science Building 227

The Center for Cancer Disparities Research was established in 2006 to address the increasing burden of cancer health disparities. In the U.S., cancer is the second most common cause of death, with ethnically diverse and other medically underserved populations disproportionately affected due to factors such as lack of access to care, unavailability of quality care and treatment, lifestyle/prevention factors, language barriers and poverty. The mission of the center is to promote scholarship and creative activities to improve the cancer-related health of diverse and underserved populations, as well as augment student pedagogical experiences via research training in emerging preventive and data science fields.

Director: Archana McEligot, professor of public health

Center for Children Who Stutter

College Park 150

The Center for Children Who Stutter provides assessment and treatment for young children who stutter. These very young children require state-of-the-art prevention and treatment provided by professionals who are experts in stuttering.

Education and research to improve services for children who stutter also are goals of the center. The center was a logical extension of a four-year study (1992-96) funded by the National Institutes of Health, which provided guidance in the selection of assessment and treatment approaches and access to the families of children who stutter in the center’s service area.

The center provides workshops for practicing speech pathologists to update their knowledge of fluency disorders.

The Center for Children Who Stutter is supported by the Department of Human Communication Studies and the College of Communications. The center works closely with the National Stuttering Association, a self-help group for people who stutter, and the Stuttering Foundation of America.

Center for Collaborative Research and Prototype Development

Engineering Building 43

The Center for Collaborative Research and Prototype Development’s mission, in collaboration with industry partners, is to provide a portal for directed engineering research and design projects. The purpose is to create a mutually beneficial research platform between the College of Engineering and Computer Science and local industry, where students gain practical experience explicitly related to a sponsoring partner’s domain as well as where industry partners benefit from potentially innovative ideas and product design from engineering students. Industry sponsors also benefit from having recruitment access to students who are already familiar with their organization’s research goals. These deliverables are achieved by integrating mentorship from industry experts with the interdisciplinary knowledge base of engineering students and faculty, and through use of the college’s broad engineering capabilities and state-of-the-art engineering labs.

The center welcomes all individuals interested in contributing to curriculum development, research and outreach agenda of the center. These include external entities (which include, but are not limited to, representatives from industry, academia and government) interested in making a specific contribution to the center’s goals.

Center for Community Collaboration

Education-Classroom Building 471

The Center for Community Collaboration at Cal State Fullerton seeks to strengthen children, youth and families in collaboration with public agencies and community-based organizations through the support of the College of Health and Human Development.

The center focuses on the ever-evolving education and practice needs of the community by: 1) providing the highest quality learning opportunities through partnerships with other agencies or organizations to offer interdisciplinary training workshops and certificate programs for human services, community health and education professionals; 2) supporting applied scholarship, collaborative research and dissemination of knowledge that informs, supports and strengthens the community such as collecting research data, identifying community needs, resources, funding streams, services and results; and 3) assisting the capacity building of communities with training and technical assistance in areas such as promising practices, outcomes assessment and as an information resource on policy issues for organizations serving children, youth and families.

A highly regarded external advisory board, a multidisciplinary team of faculty from the College of Health and Human Development, and other units from the campus work to implement these goals.

For more information about the center, contact Michelle Berelowitz at 657-278-5681.

Center for Computational and Applied Mathematics


The Center for Computational and Applied Mathematics serves to encourage and facilitate research, education and outreach in computational mathematics and science through interdisciplinary collaborations of a diverse group of faculty, students and external partners.

The goals of the center are to: 1) attract and bring together faculty, students and other researchers with related interests; 2) provide research training to the next generation of students in an interdisciplinary environment; 3) develop interdisciplinary research and educational products; 4) position members to generate external funding unique to the center’s mission; and 5) engage in outreach and community building.

Director: Sam Behseta, professor of mathematics

Center for Corporate Reporting and Governance

Mihaylo Hall 4357

The Center for Corporate Reporting and Governance was formed in the wake of high-profile corporate scandals and the subsequent passage of the landmark Sarbanes-Oxley Act, in order to address the issues facing businesses and auditors in today’s changing financial environment. The center’s advisory board consists of managing partners of the Orange County offices of the Big 4, Grant Thornton and regional accounting firms. The center hosts annual SEC conferences, publishes research on corporate governance and reporting, and provides training for senior management and boards. The center also organizes seminars on issues relating to reporting, corporate governance and ethics.

Center for Cybersecurity

Computer Science Building 522

The Center for Cybersecurity focuses on cybersecurity education, research and community outreach. It was created in response to the increasing cyberattacks affecting millions of individuals, organizations and government institutions.

The center’s goal is to challenge the cyberattackers by training the next generation of top-notch cybersecurity practitioners, researching solutions for combating the emerging threats, and synergistically working with businesses and the community to improve the overall state of cybersecurity.

Center for Demographic Research

Titan Hall 238

The Center for Demographic Research was established in 1996 to ensure Orange County continues its presence in the development and support of demographic information. The center is sponsored and governed by the County of Orange, Orange County Sanitation District, Orange County Transportation Authority, Transportation Corridor Agencies, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Orange County Water District, Orange County Council of Governments, Southern California Association of Governments, Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission and Cal State Fullerton.

The center operates in partnership with CSUF, and it makes its wealth of data readily available to faculty and student researchers, assists faculty in designing instructional activities in the field of demography, and draws upon faculty research and expertise in its project activities. Through such linkages, the center provides opportunities for CSUF and other institutions of higher education to benefit from participation in regional demographic concerns.

The center’s primary function is to produce estimates and projections for housing, population and employment for a variety of geographic areas within Orange County. These efforts support both operational and long-range planning activities of government agencies, other public or quasi-public agencies and private organizations. The center’s staff engages in a variety of collaborative activities and research, including regional planning efforts; transportation modeling data preparation; and professional support of county, city, special district and local, nonprofit agency planning and evaluation efforts.

Center for Economic Education

Mihaylo Hall 3357

The Center for Economic Education promotes economic and financial literacy in schools (K-12), institutions of higher learning, and in the larger community. The center seeks to establish in Orange County and in California, a financially literate community that has basic knowledge of economic principles of decision-making, managing money and investing. The center conducts high-quality research on financial and economic literacy.

The Center for Economic Education is part of the Centers of Excellence of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. The center also is affiliated with the California Council on Economic Education and the national Council on Economic Education.

Center for Entertainment and Hospitality Management

Mihaylo Hall 5284

The Center for Entertainment and Hospitality Management links students to the entertainment media and hospitality industries. Center resources and events help prepare students in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics’ Entertainment and Hospitality Management academic program for career opportunities in both industries. For more information, contact

Center for Entrepreneurship

Mihaylo Hall 3280

The purpose of the center is to develop skilled and knowledgeable entrepreneurial leaders who will successfully compete in the ever-changing business environment. The center supports entrepreneurial education and research at Cal State Fullerton and creates linkages to the region’s emerging growth companies. It serves as the focus for faculty, students, alumni entrepreneurs and friends of the university to come together and create an exciting, high-energy entrepreneurial culture. The center also aims to have cross-disciplinary links to other CSUF colleges. For more information, email

Center for Ethnographic Cultural Analysis

McCarthy Hall 422

The Center for Ethnographic Cultural Analysis brings together interdisciplinary faculty and students from across the Cal State Fullerton campus who have been trained in, or maintain an interest in, ethnographic methods and research. The mission and goals of CECA are to support ethnographic research and the teaching of ethnographic methods; to sponsor working papers for discussion; and to engage faculty and students in the application of ethnographic method and theory through innovative educational projects, conferences, seminars and workshops. The center also serves as a resource for schools and businesses within the community that may wish to engage in research on the culturally constructed boundaries and cultural heritage within diasporic communities in California.

Center for Family Business

Mihaylo Hall 5284

The Center for Family Business, established in 1995 within the CSUF Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, is a partnership between the business community and Cal State Fullerton. Its mission is to enhance the well-being and survivability of Southern California family businesses by providing opportunities for education, interaction and information tailored to the needs and concerns of family-owned businesses.

Center for Healthy Neighborhoods

The CSUF Center for Healthy Neighborhoods is a partnership between the university and the City of Fullerton. The center is located at Richman Park in Fullerton. Together with stakeholders, the center aims to alleviate education and health disparities, revitalize neighborhoods, and reduce the cycle of poverty for low-income children and families. The center considers the broader social, economic and environmental factors that influence health and social-economic stability. The center offers free, culturally appropriate services, in English and Spanish, that help improve overall well-being for the entire family. Services are provided by Cal State Fullerton students in advanced stages of their programs.

Center for Information Technology and Business Analytics

Mihaylo Hall 4170

The center’s mission is to be a source of innovation, communication and education in the field of business analytics and information technology. The center conducts workshops, seminars and other educational opportunities for its clients. The faculty and students associated with the center support businesses by providing consultation and other services. For more information, contact the center’s director, Rahul Bhaskar, at 949-572-1911.

Center for Insurance Studies

Mihaylo Hall 4280

The Center for Insurance Studies was established by the Department of Finance in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics in 1998, when Weili Lu, professor of finance, was appointed director. The goal of the center is to create an organization that attracts and educates talented individuals who are committed to professional careers in the industry, including property, life, benefits, risk management and health care components. The emphasis is on careers in actuarial science, claims, financial planning, insurance marketing, risk management, portfolio management, technology and underwriting. Operating strategies for CIS are constantly being developed and updated with the help of industry professionals. The center also offers an actuary program and an insurance marketing entrepreneurship program, and a total of 10 program courses. CIS presents a large number of scholarships each year that are available to business students. The Risk Management and Insurance Program created by the Center for Insurance Studies is now a concentration in the Finance Department.

Center for International Business

Mihaylo Hall 4157A

The main objective of the center is to promote the internationalization of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics and its programs.

An arm of Mihaylo Global Initiatives and Programs, the Center for International Business is a bridge between the college and the international business community. The center assists in creating and supporting study abroad programs for business students. The center also assists in creating and supporting faculty exchange programs with the college’s partner universities. It also supports the college’s faculty members in the creation and dissemination of research and teaching materials on international topics.

Through internships and outreach activities, the center supports the B.A. in International Business degree program. It also provides assistance for students’ recruitment, placement, program development and program assessment.

The center collaborates with other centers within the college and also with centers and international associations at universities nationwide. It creates and supports educational and training programs in areas of its interest.

Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education

College Park 570

The Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education promotes a global perspective and internationalization of curricula, programs and research in the College of Education. The center facilitates intercultural awareness and global competencies among faculty and students by:

  1. supporting collaborative opportunities for international faculty and student research focusing on, but not limited to, the areas of teacher education, educational leadership and technology in education;
  2. recruiting international students; and
  3. creating international experiences in the field of education for CSUF students.

The center supports training teachers and educational leaders in a cross-cultural world to serve the regional diversity of Southern California. In response to an increasing number of requests for international partnerships in the areas of teacher education, higher education and educational technology, the College of Education has developed current international partnership opportunities at universities in Vietnam, Poland, South Africa, Korea, Germany, Japan, Haiti, Bulgaria and the Russian Federation. C-IPED will facilitate the development of these mutually beneficial working partnerships to support faculty and student participation in international professional activities. C-IPED also will support the dissemination of research in international journals that focuses on curriculum development, research-based best practices in education and an overall global awareness in the field of education.

Center for Leadership

Mihaylo Hall 5357

The Center for Leadership seeks to be the leadership voice for CSUF’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics and the Orange County community. The center develops leadership capacity for Cal State Fullerton students and Orange County through premier education, training and outreach. Excellence is achieved through strong industry partnerships and innovative programs.

The center’s mission is to develop leaders by planning and delivering cutting-edge curriculum and leadership development experiences to undergraduate, graduate and executive-level students, alumni and organizations in Orange County. The Center for Leadership has several major initiatives: 

  • The Leadership Voice — shares insights and expertise of executives and faculty members in theme-based episodes. Each show features two executive guests, a quote of the day, a leadership countdown, a leadership example, a countdown, leadership advice and a special faculty-led leadership lesson.
  • The Leadership Scholars Program — provides networking and leadership development opportunities to undergraduate students by connecting them with executives throughout Southern California. The program also includes coursework, training opportunities and executive mentorship.
  • Bringing Learning to Work — connects world-renowned faculty members with the Southern California business community through a series of workshops, training and consulting partnerships. In addition to these off-site programs, the center also hosts a leadership academy and symposiums for elected officials and executives.
  • Annual Leadership Awards — recognizes top executives and companies for their contributions across key leadership indicators of excellence. Each year the center recognizes excellence in executive leadership as well as leadership development.
  • Bringing Solutions to Work — studies leadership best practices across a variety of disciplines, contexts, industries and designs, in partnership with Southern California businesses. The center also partners with corporate sponsors to provide project-based consultations with either faculty-led or student-led analysis.
  • MBA Concentration in Organizational Leadership — provides graduate students with Southern California’s only leadership concentration within an AACSB Accredited MBA program.

To learn more, visit the Center for Leadership’s website or contact Director John E. Barbuto Jr. (Jay) at

Center for Maximizing Teacher Impact


The Center for Maximizing Teacher Impact works to put research into practice by uniting teacher education scholars across the College of Education in responding to the professional development and teacher assessment needs of local high-need schools and school districts. The center seeks to achieve this by using the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards model as a framework for designing and implementing professional development programs, building professional coaching and mentoring capacity among local educators to support the continued growth of collegial examination of practice, and designing tools to evaluate effective practice.

Center for Nursing Workforce Excellence

The purpose of the Center for Nursing Workforce Excellence is to form university‐community partnerships to operationalize best practices in nursing and health care delivery through education, consultation, research and other collaborative activities. These connections will enhance resource utilization to foster faculty, student and partner innovation, research and enhanced practice.

Center for Public Policy

University Hall 511

The Center for Public Policy, located within the Division of Politics, Administration and Justice, is a nonpartisan research unit at Cal State Fullerton. The center’s mission is to provide informed and unbiased expertise in exploring problems and solutions for public policy issues in Orange County and the surrounding areas. Since its founding in October 1999, the center has conducted public opinion surveys and research about timely issues in Orange County. The center also sponsors public events that highlight the public policy challenges of the region, as well as possible solutions to the challenges. The center’s affiliated faculty members provide relevant, informed and unbiased expertise to assist agencies and stakeholders with policy research, analysis and implementation. They have topical expertise covering a wide range of issues including local, regional and national government and policy issues. The director of the center is Justin Tucker, associate professor of political science.

Center for Remote Sensing and Environmental Analysis

Humanities-Social Sciences Building 419

The Center for Remote Sensing and Environmental Analysis, housed in the Department of Geography and the Environment, was established in 2008 with funds from NASA and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences dean’s office. The center includes a 16-station remote sensing student learning center and a three-station, state-of-the art, advanced faculty-graduate student research and image processing facility. The goals of the center are to train undergraduate and graduate students for careers in the field of geospatial analysis and to provide technologically advanced remote sensing tools for collaborative student-faculty research on environmental problems. Ongoing research projects involve urban forestry and watershed management in Orange County, tropical forest cover change in Malaysia and Brazil, and deglaciation impacts in the Himalayas. For more information, contact Jindong Wu, associate professor of geography and the environment, at; Robert Voeks, professor of geography and the environment, at; or Jonathan Taylor, professor of geography and the environment, at

Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership

College Park 620

Housed in the College of Education, the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership is a data-driven and solution-focused research center with a mission to identify short- and long-term solutions to educational problems specific to educational leadership, practice, policy and change. P-12 schools and higher education institutions in Orange and Los Angeles counties partner with C-REAL to identify and respond to local problems and issues in schools. Faculty, students and community partners collaborate in research, evaluations and efforts to eliminate the achievement and opportunity gap.

Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research

Kinesiology and Health Science Building 121

The Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research mission is to promote education and research concerning sport and the Olympic Games in their broadest cultural, social and political dimensions. The center’s goals include cross-disciplinary research on issues related to sport.

CSSOR has been recognized as an International Olympic Studies Centre by both the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Studies Centre and the United States Olympic Committee for its quality and commitment to research and academic activities.

CSSOR is committed to diverse, cross-disciplinary research that respects sport’s significance in society. Though often disregarded as trivial pastimes, sport captures the public imagination. Sport’s history reveals a durable and perennial social institution that reveals “a story we tell ourselves about ourselves.”

Center for Sport Performance

Kinesiology and Health Science Building 192

The Center for Sport Performance conducts work to further knowledge of sport and also fosters a close collaboration between faculty, students and the community. This work enhances scholarly and creative activity while providing both undergraduate and graduate students with experiences outside the traditional classroom environment. The center maintains the preeminence of learning so integral to CSUF while providing a high-quality program to meet the evolving needs of CSUF’s diverse student body. In addition, the center expands connections and partnerships with the region by engaging the community in a symbiotic relationship, allowing us to teach students who ultimately will serve the community at large.

Center for Successful Aging

Kinesiology and Health Science Building 011

The Center for Successful Aging, through its educational, research and service activities, has as its mission the promotion of health and vitality across the life span. The specific goals of the center are to: 1) conduct interdisciplinary research on issues related to infant development, physical activity promotion in youth and adults with and without disability, the development of healthy lifestyle behaviors, and the reduction of falls in the later years; 2) provide professional training of students and health care practitioners working with infants, children and adults of all ages in a variety of settings; 3) offer a variety of health, cognitive, psychological and functional assessments; 4) implement a range of community-accessible programs based on the principles of whole person wellness, and family-centered and inter-generational interventions; 5) collaborate and partner with community agencies and organizations to provide innovative programming and services aimed at promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary behavior; and 6) serve as an advocate for affecting public policy relative to developing physical literacy and healthy behaviors across the life span. The center’s whole person wellness programming is committed to helping individuals of all ages and abilities maintain a lifestyle that is of the highest quality attainable. Multidisciplinary teams of university faculty and students work with community partners to implement these goals.

Center for Sustainability

Langsdorf Hall 321A

The Center for Sustainability is the university’s prime mover for green initiatives around a sustainable approach to economic and social development, and environmental protection. The center works with student groups to coordinate efforts to raise awareness about sustainability and to increase the level of sustainability in campus operations and activities. The center promotes inclusion of sustainability-centered topics in the curriculum, assists with external grant-seeking by faculty and other members of the university community, conducts public education programs, and facilitates faculty collaboration across academic disciplines. For more information, contact John Bock, professor of anthropology and center director, at or 657-278-4373.

Center for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention

Kinesiology and Health Science Building 106A

The Center for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention, housed in the College of Health and Human Development, promotes interdisciplinary research and community outreach in areas related to children’s health and weight management. The center facilitates interaction among multiple entities concerned with the rise in childhood obesity, including university faculty, schools, community agencies and policymakers. Specifically, the center’s threefold mission is: 1) to work with schools and other community agencies to develop and test model health promotion programs and interventions, 2) to assess and evaluate existing programs and policies, and 3) to identify theoretical models and environments that can explain and influence behavior patterns across different high-risk groups. As such, the mission and goals of the center reflect the needs of the community by providing education and outreach to children and their families regarding healthy lifestyles and prevention of obesity.

For more information, contact Jie Weiss, professor of public health, at 657-278-4388 or Maria Koleilat, assistant professor of public health, at 657-278-5423.

Decision Research Center

Humanities-Social Sciences Building 532

The Decision Research Center in the Department of Psychology, established in 1986, supports research and instructional activities of faculty and students in the study of behavioral decision-making. Research conducted in the center includes experimental and theoretical studies of: 1) basic psychological laws of judgment and decision-making under conditions of risk, uncertainty and ambiguity; 2) effects of sudden changes in wealth on a person’s attitude toward risk (such as the effects of winning the lottery on financial decisions); 3) effects of the judge’s point of view on judgments and decisions; 4) combination of information from sources of varied expertise and bias to form judgments and decisions; and 5) other economic behavior.

Desert Studies Center

McCarthy Hall 104 N, M

The Desert Studies Center, which is located in the Mojave National Preserve at Zzyzx, California, 11 miles southwest of Baker, California on I-15, is a full-service field station of the California State University system. The center provides opportunities for individuals and groups to conduct research, receive instruction and experience the desert environment. The center manages 1,280 acres under a cooperative management agreement with the Department of Interior.

As the gateway to the entire Mojave National Preserve and Death Valley National Park, there is easy access to a broad range of geological features and desert ecosystems, as well as fossil sites, remains of Native American villages, historical wagon trails, old army forts, mining sites, and the salt flats of Silurian and Soda Dry Lakes. Research and educational offerings include the Kelso Sand Dunes; Devil’s Playground; Cima Volcanic Field; Cima Dome; Providence, Granite and New York mountain ranges; and Landfair and Ivanpah valleys.

The Desert Studies Center can accommodate 70 individuals in dormitory-style rooms and has longer-term housing for researchers. There also are kitchen facilities, a bathhouse, a laboratory, two classrooms and a modest library. The center has internet access and campuswide Wi-Fi access.

For more information, contact the Desert Studies Center at 657-278-2428 or email

Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center

Santa Ana, California

The Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center is a curation, education and research facility operated in partnership with the County of Orange. Located in Santa Ana in its own facilities, the center maintains well-equipped laboratories for fossil and artifact preparation, curation, databasing and storage. The university provides management of the activities and collections while the county owns the center, fossils and artifacts. The chief objectives are to understand the history of life in Orange County and to engage residents in the county’s prehistoric heritage.

The center’s diverse archaeological holdings range in age from at least 10,000 years ago until 50 years ago. The extensive collection includes materials from all areas and environmental zones throughout the county and reveals how prehistoric and historic peoples lived and worked.

The paleontological collection of vertebrates, invertebrates, microfossils and plants spans every major time period since the Jurassic period, which is 180 million years of Orange County life. Significant collections of Miocene marine mammals contain many species new to science and terrestrial animals and plants, most of which are now extinct.

Faculty and students from CSUF and other colleges and universities may study these materials for research purposes. The center encourages the use of its materials for community and school outreach, and holds several major events and exhibits in OC Parks and at CSUF throughout the year.

The Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Center

Kinesiology and Health Science Building 106F

The Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to an integrative approach to help people with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions manage their symptoms, improve their functionality, and increase their quality of life. The center is located in the Kinesiology and Health Science Building on the Cal State Fullerton campus.

Fullerton International Resources for Students and Teachers

Humanities-Social Sciences Building 725 K, L

Fullerton International Resources for Students and Teachers is one of six sites of the California International Studies Project and one of nine California Subject Matter Projects. Funded by the State of California, CSMP seeks to improve student achievement and learning by providing comprehensive, content-focused professional development for teachers; by building teacher leadership; and by creating and maintaining collaborative networks of K-12 teachers and university faculty.

FIRST provides a variety of professional development opportunities to inspire and empower K-12 students and teachers with cultural, regional and international/global content knowledge and understanding needed to live, work and participate as active, engaged citizens and leaders in the global interconnected world of the 21st century. These interdisciplinary summer institutes and school year programs, which explore global themes and issues, explicitly address the Common Core Standards and the California History/Social Science Content Standards and Next Generation Science Standards while promoting the integration of English Language Arts and English Language Development teaching strategies.

For more information, call 714-345-4877 or email

Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research

Mihaylo Hall 5271

The mission of the Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research is to support and encourage the work of Orange County’s charitable organizations. The center’s vision is to be the leading resource connecting nonprofit organizations, philanthropic foundations, businesses, the university and the larger community by facilitating meaningful discussion — through education and research — of issues affecting the nonprofit sector. 

For more information, contact Susan Cadwallader, associate professor of marketing, at 657-278-7565 or

Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center

McCarthy Hall 601

The Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center conducts research, education and outreach in gravitational-wave science. Gravitational waves are a phenomenon predicted by Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. Cal State Fullerton physicists and their students are part of the international collaboration of researchers — including the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory — who contributed to the first direct detection of gravitational waves 100 years after Einstein’s prediction.

This provides a fundamentally different way to observe the universe, bringing new information about nature’s most violent astrophysical events, such as supernovae and collisions between black holes and neutron stars.

The Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center brings together faculty, students and staff at CSUF with an interest in gravitational-wave science. The center’s research involves modeling sources of gravitational waves, understanding the gravitational-wave signals they produce, measuring signals in the LIGO detectors and improving the sensitivity of the detectors. Its members include students and scientists from a variety of backgrounds. The center is helping to train the next generation of gravitational-wave scientists and promoting a diverse scientific community. The center also works together to communicate new scientific developments to the public.

Hazel Miller Croy Reading Center

Education-Classroom Building 24

The Hazel Miller Croy Reading Center serves the community by providing low-cost, research-based intervention and assessment for school-age children experiencing challenges with literacy development. The center provides a venue that facilitates practicum experiences for graduate students in the Department of Literacy and Reading Education. It also supports faculty, graduate student and alumni literacy research and education outreach in the community. For more information, contact

Health Promotion Research Institute

Kinesiology and Health Science Building 115

The Health Promotion Research Institute, housed in the College of Health and Human Development, has the mission of creating collaborative, multilevel solutions that empower individuals and communities to achieve optimal health for all. The institute coordinates and advances interdisciplinary health research efforts at CSUF; facilitates increased proposal writing and external support for health-related research; provides enriched opportunities for student involvement in health research; and collaborates with community leaders in addressing critical public health issues in Southern California.

Latino Communications Institute


The Latino Communications Institute is a workforce-preparedness program that supports the development of U.S. Latino cultural competency through relevant courses, research and a broad spectrum of educational opportunities. With the U.S. Latino market explosion, employers are looking for talented bilingual communication professionals. The Spanish for Hispanic Media professional certificate, a collaboration with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, provides a pathway for bilingual students to improve their Spanish-language skills. “Al Día,” a student-produced news broadcast, prepares bilingual students for careers in Spanish-language television. LCI continues to build a pipeline of talented Latino graduates who are career-ready. Many LCI students are first-generation college students who find life-changing training, internship connections and mentorships during their course of study. LCI students are placed in highly competitive internships. Recent graduates are working in newsrooms and top public relations and advertising agencies.

Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History

Pollak Library 363

Originally established in 1968 by the Department of History, the Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History is the outgrowth of the department’s oral and public history programs. With more than 6,000 audio and video recorded interviews, related transcripts, photographs and other materials, COPH maintains the largest regionally focused oral history archive in the state of California. COPH’s holdings encompass material relating to virtually every civic and ethnic community in Orange County and beyond, as well as interviews related to science and technology, private industry, the environment, education and war. This diverse collection is available for student or community use through the center’s office in Pollak Library 363, Monday through Friday. 

COPH embraces a threefold mission. First, COPH collects and preserves the stories of distinctive individuals and diverse communities whose historical experiences have shaped the collective memory of Southern California, defined national and transnational identities, and reflected life in an era of globalization. Second, COPH undertakes and provides support services for public history projects, particularly those designed to share oral histories with public audiences in Southern California and beyond. Third, COPH trains CSUF students in the research methods of collecting oral histories, interpreting these histories and presenting important regional, national and global stories to the public. Ultimately, COPH seeks to combine the strengths of oral history and public history in order to build better connections between Cal State Fullerton and the communities — local, national and global — to which it is tied.

In addition, COPH provides oral history workshops for the campus and the community and offers a number of oral and public history courses taught by history faculty. The center also provides transcribing and binding services. The Center for Oral and Public History is part of the Department of History and operates with funding support from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Maxwell Center for International Communications

College Park 460-11

The goal of the Maxwell Center for International Communications is to create global awareness, global citizens and global leaders. Based in the College of Communications, it promotes student as well as faculty interest, research and collaboration in international communication and media studies. Internally, the Maxwell Center is focused on building and managing international programs for students and faculty. Externally, the center is focused on designing programs that increase international and intercultural awareness, participation in media and political processes, and international media development. For more information, visit the Maxwell Center’s website or contact Dean Kazoleas, professor of communications and center director, at

Ocean Studies Institute/Southern California Marine Institute

The Ocean Studies Institute, a consortium of nine California State University campuses (Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona, San Bernardino, San Marcos and Channel Islands), participates in training scientists and educating the general public by coordinating and facilitating marine educational and research activities. The OSI is a partner with the University of Southern California, Occidental College and the University of California, Los Angeles in the Southern California Marine Institute, which is located at 820 South Seaside Ave., Terminal Island, CA 90731; 310-519-3172;

Through its affiliation with the SCMI, the OSI provides facilities for introducing students to the marine environment, supporting faculty and student research, and for intensive participation by students pursuing professional programs. The OSI owns and operates the R/V Yellowfin (76-foot vessel), which is used by classes and research programs in biology, geology and ocean engineering. In addition to research vessels located at Terminal Island, the facility includes a 5,000-square-foot building with laboratories, classrooms and a running sea water system.

Each fall, the OSI offers the CSU Marine Biology Semester at the University of Southern California Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island. Undergraduate and graduate students live on the island and complete three intensive, field-based courses and an independent research project. For additional information, contact the Department of Biological Science or

Real Estate and Land Use Institute

Mihaylo Hall 5163

The Real Estate and Land Use Institute is a branch of the California State University system’s applied research and professional and public education center for real estate and urban land use. The mission of the institute is to promote and advance real estate education at CSUF, including research, curriculum, program reputation, student placement and outreach to the local business community. For more information, email

Sales Leadership Center


The Sales Leadership Center provides students with the opportunity to explore careers in professional sales through sales training, with the goal of earning the Certificate of Professional Sales. Students have the opportunity to choose sales-focused electives offered through the Marketing Department, participate in workshops, sales competitions and events designed to develop sales skills. The center’s corporate partners, who recruit sales-trained students, are active in the center and attend many of the center’s events allowing for networking opportunities.

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Center for Creativity and Critical Thinking


Cal State Fullerton’s SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Center for Creativity and Critical Thinking fosters 21st century competence for today’s preschool through grade 12 students. The center builds partnerships with local schools and community organizations, working with teachers to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that students need in order to thrive in this exciting, digital and global century. Its partnerships focus on developing creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and decision-making across the curriculum. The center works collaboratively with partners to infuse the arts, science and technology as central components of the educational experience. For more information, contact Kim Case, director, at 657-278-4313.

Small Business Development Center

Mihaylo Hall 4157

The Orange County/Inland Empire Regional Small Business Development Center Network provides small businesses with one-on-one technical assistance, training and access to capital in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. To learn more about small business services and locations, visit For further information, contact Mike Daniel, regional director, Orange County/Inland Empire Regional SBDC Network, CSUF Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, 800 North State College Blvd., SGMH 4157, Fullerton, CA 92831; or email

Small Business Institute

Mihaylo Hall 3280

The Small Business Institute has many programs designed to guide and assist smaller, fast-growing businesses. One of the most important is its program in which faculty and students offer business consulting to over 100 firms a year. The students are graduating seniors or MBA candidates who work under the close direction of faculty advisers. They prepare a major report that includes recommendations for improved performance. More than 1,800 Orange County firms have received this service. The institute selects outstanding reports to submit to the national case competitions. In 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 teams of students were named national winners. Many other teams won top 10 in the nation. For more information, email

Social Science Research Center

McCarthy Hall 38

The Social Science Research Center, under the auspices of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, provides research services to community organizations and research support to CSUF faculty members. The center’s primary goal is to assist nonprofit and tax-supported agencies and organizations to answer research questions that will lead to improved service delivery and public policy. The SSRC conducts surveys, evaluation research and other applied research activities to meet its clients’ information needs. The center conducts multilingual telephone surveys from its 24-station computer-assisted telephone interviewing lab, as well as web-based, mailed and face-to-face surveys.

The SSRC advocates the use of qualitative methods in applied research and conducts focused group discussions and semi-structured interviews in addition to employing quantitative techniques. SSRC staff can assist with proposal preparation and in all phases of social research, including the development of survey and evaluation instrumentation, research design, data collection, statistical and qualitative analysis, and technical report writing. In this context, the center provides applied research training opportunities to CSUF students and faculty.

South Central Coastal Information Center

McCarthy Hall 477

Hosted by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and linked with the Department of Anthropology, the South Central Coastal Information Center is one of nine regional information centers in California that comprise the California Historical Resources Information System. CHRIS works under the direction of the California Office of Historic Preservation and the State Historic Resources Commission. These information centers provide historical resources information to local governments and individuals with responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act and California Environmental Quality Act.

Since its inception in the early 1970s, the SCCIC (formerly housed at UCLA) has been a fundamental source of archaeological and historical resource information for the counties of Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura. The San Bernardino County archive was added to the SCCIC inventory in 2015 and is undergoing digitization. The SCCIC now maintains the most extensive historical resources information base available for South Central Coastal California, including records of prehistory and historic archaeological sites, reports of historical resource studies, and historic resources inventory records.

Information about historical resources is maintained in various forms such as 7.5’ USGS Quadrangle Maps, historical resource records and reports, and computerized data. SCCIC clients are generally archaeologists, historians, architectural-historians, developers and planning agencies.

Speech and Hearing Clinic

College Park 150

The CSUF Speech and Hearing Clinic has two primary missions: to educate and train future speech-language and hearing professionals by providing them with the knowledge, skills and clinical experience to become certified and licensed speech language pathologists and audiologists prepared for the complex and changing demands of the 21st century; and to provide high-quality clinical services to individuals with communication disorders and needs within the surrounding community. 

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

McCarthy Hall 161A

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is a 12-acre outdoor education center and nature preserve located in the heart of Modjeska Canyon, adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest. It is owned and operated by Cal State Fullerton and its College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary has a dual mission — to support science and environmental education and to act as a sanctuary for the preservation of local native habitat and wildlife. Tucker serves as a unique field research center for college and university students and as a field trip destination for K-12 schools. Tucker is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for visitors to enjoy and learn about the local wildlife and natural habitat of Southern California. Naturalist-led group tours are available for $6/person. Admission to the sanctuary is free. Tucker’s facilities include a small natural history museum/interpretive center, a bird observation porch with feeders, hiking trails, relaxing picnic areas, a creek, a small amphitheater and a gift shop. For tour reservations, call 714-649-2760.

Twin Studies Center

Humanities-Social Sciences Building 521J

The Twin Studies Center of the Psychology Department is designed to serve two purposes: 1) conduct research projects on twins that will contribute to knowledge concerning the rearing and educating of twins and enhance understanding of human development; and 2) provide information to the public concerning psychological and biological aspects of twinship. Nancy L. Segal, professor of psychology, is the director of the Twin Studies Center.

Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting

Mihaylo Hall 3270B

The Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting issues economic forecasts and analyses at the national and regional level, provides policy advice on economic issues, and conducts research in related areas. The center undertakes independent studies as well as engages in sponsored research with private and public entities. It seeks funding for research and training, conducts research projects and issues reports, sponsors conferences and workshops, and presents studies and reports of interest to the business, government, academic and general communities. Its objective is to facilitate effective public and private decision-making related to significant economic and policy issues. The center’s activities are structured, whenever possible, to allow participation of graduate and undergraduate students at Cal State Fullerton.