HSU is a wonderful 4-yr university, nestled in the Redwood Forest, off of Humboldt Bay. If you're looking for an education in any of the physical sciences, I definately recommend it. They have their own seismograph in the bottom of Founder's Hall. They have fish hatcheries, an awesome recycling program (which has spread out into the surrounding communities), and have educated some serious Geographers who are now designing awesome technology for the rest of the world.
If you're wanting quality education at "state university" cost, and dont mind being right near the Pacific Ocean, I highly suggest Humboldt State!