What is the CSULB Research Curriculum?
As a public research-active university in an economically and culturally diverse region of the country, the California State University, Long Beach has a long history of serving the community by training the next generation of researchers. To meet this continuing commitment, the University integrates research training into many of our degree programs. Such training, documented through credit-carrying courses and research experiences, adds value to the degrees our graduates earn.
Lead by its faculty, the University sought to create an integrated research-focused curriculum that would empower students to explore research-focused careers, as well as develop specialized research skills to support their individual career goals and the economic future of the region. The University earned support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in developing the curriculum through its Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) program (UL1GM118979, TL4GM118980, and RL5GM118978) in 2014.
The Goals of the Research Curriculum include:
- Introduce research as a career option to a broad range of students.
This resulted in the development of the Research Career Exploration (UNIV 150) course, first offered in 2019.
- Develop a clear understanding of the differing, but overlapping, ways that different disciplines address societal issues through research.
This resulted in the development of the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Health Disparities (HHS 207) course, first offered in 2016.
- Provide skill development as students begin their research experience.
This resulted in the development of the Introduction to Biomedical Research Methods (RSCH 296A) course first offered in 2016.
- Train students to communicate the value, of their research to the general public, potential funders, and other researchers.
This resulted in the Scientific Research Communication (RSCH 361) course, first offered in 2015.
- Provide advanced level research methods and skill in developing research projects.
This resulted in the Advanced Biomedical Research Methods (RSCH 496A) and Advanced Behavioral Research Methods (RSCH 496B), both first offered in 2017.