College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Explore CNAS. Save the World.
Learn how insects impact our environment (Entomology). Analyze meaningful data (Statistics). Prevent disruption to the Earth’s systems and species (Environmental Science). And so much more. Our 16 majors — taught by world-renowned faculty at the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) — will help you to make a global impact!
We put research in your hands.
UCR offers research opportunities to all undergraduate students! This advantage catapults you to the “top of the list” for jobs and/or graduate school. Current CNAS research includes:
- Creating a coating that allows paper to be reused 80+ times
- Cracking the Zika Virus protein structure that will lead to a cure
- Fighting killer diseases attacking the U.S. citrus industry — thanks to a $5.1 million USDA grant
“Here at UCR, there’s so many research opportunities for undergrads! My lab studies the effects of a class of indoor flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) on behaviors such as anxiety, social recognition, sociability and olfactory habituation to determine if PBDEs cause deficits in behavior by altering signals from the brain.”
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California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP)
(For STEM students from underrepresented populations)
Complete undergraduate degrees and pursue graduate/professional studies.
Computational Chemistry & Biology Summer Workshop
Discover biomolecular recognition and binding kinetics.
Take part in DNA extraction, the Polymerase Chain Reaction and DNA sequencing.
Early Research Engagement Options
(For freshman students in the CNAS FSLC program)
Choose an early research engagement option: Dynamic Genome or Adventures in Molecular Science.
Experience Physics Pathway
Explore particle physics and/or observational astronomy.
(For underrepresented third- and fourth-year students in biomedical and behavioral sciences)
Prepare for graduate school with training in academic research.
Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP)
(For rising third- and fourth-year students from underrepresented populations)
Take part in an 8-week summer research program with faculty members.
Research in Science and Engineering (RISE)
Boost professional development and public speaking skills. Present results as a capstone project.
USDA Summer Scholars
(For incoming transfer students)
Learn research methods for molecular biology and bioinformatics, and write proposals.
You can afford a UC degree, regardless of income and without going into debt.
of UCR undergraduate students received some form of financial aid.
of UCR transfer students received some form of financial aid.
of students' financial aid need was met with need-based aid.
(Financial Aid Office, 2017–18)
Let us show you how: financialaid.ucr.edu
Freshman and transfer students could qualify for a CNAS scholarship.
National Prestigious Scholarships and Awards (NPSA)
Freshman and transfer UCR students can fund their education with prestigious scholarships, such as the Donald A. Strauss Scholarship and the Undergraduate Fulbright Scholars (Research and English Teaching Award). Support is offered throughout the application process. UCR regional and national scholarships are also available via Financial Aid's Outside Agency Scholarship Search.
M = Academic minors are also available for these majors.
T = Transfer Selecting major. If applying as a transfer student, specific pre-requisite courses must be completed.
You have big dreams. We'll help them come true!
S. HOLLIS WOODARD
Assistant Professor of Entomology
Studies how bees use their “buzz” to pollinate plants and was featured in The New York Times video, “Why Do Bees Buzz?” (2017).
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Makes topological insulators (TI) magnetic well above room temperatures which assists in creating faster, smaller devices that operate with infinite battery life.
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Every program is designed to help you succeed — from the moment you first step on campus to the day you graduate.
Every orange, lemon and lime on Earth has a genetic connection to the trees in CNAS’ Citrus Research Center and Agricultural Experiment Station! In fact, that’s how UCR got its start — as a Citrus Experiment Station in 1907.
CNAS Freshman Scholars Learning Communities (FSLC)
Join other freshman CNAS students for reserved classes, peer mentoring and exclusive research opportunities.
CNAS Science Ambassador Program
Represent CNAS at special events. Receive professional development mentoring from divisional deans.
Early Student Career Planning Expo (ESCAPE)
Learn career strategies from CNAS alumni, peer mentors and Career Center counselors.
Freshman Advising Seminar (FAS)
Gain a faculty mentor, boost study skills and access academic/career planning resources. Fall quarter only.
Centralized Academic Advising
Meet with academic advisers every quarter to make sure you’re on track with coursework.
STEM Connections Program
Peer mentoring, transfer transition workshops, faculty/student mixers, field trips and paid undergraduate research opportunities.
Eleven UCR students won the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award. Of those awardees, four were undergraduate students. Each received a three-year stipend of $34,000 as well as $12,000 for tuition/fees and international research opportunities.
Back row from left to right: Alejandro Gallegos, Natalie Fischer, Win Cowger, Julia Adams and Isis Frausto-Vicencio.
Front row from left to right: Shannon Sweitzer, Thien-Y Nguyen, Rosa McGuire and Leticia Meza.