Program Eligibility

To be in Cal Poly Humboldt's Rising Tides, you must be a first-time freshman in one of the following majors:

  • Biology (with a Marine emphasis)
  • Oceanography

All first-time freshmen declared in one of these majors is automatically placed in the Rising Tides Program. If you would like to live with other students in the program, select the Rising Tides Theme on your Humboldt Housing Application.

We also have Place-Based Learning Communities (PBLC) for students in other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines at Cal Poly Humboldt:

  • Among Giants is a PBLC for students majoring in Biology (not including Biology with Marine emphasis), Botany, or Zoology
  • Klamath Connection is a PBLC for students majoring in Environmental Science & Management, Fire Science & Management, Fisheries Biology, Forestry, or Wildlife
  • Representing Realities is a PBLC for students majoring in Computer Science, Data Science, Geospatial Information Science & Technology, Mathematics, and Software Engineering
  • Stars to Rocks is a PBLC for students majoring in Chemistry, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics & Astronomy