College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Make Discoveries That Save the World
Learn how insects impact our environment as an entomologist. Analyze meaningful data as a statistician. Prevent disruption to the Earth’s systems and species as an environmental scientist. 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!
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.”
Jasmin Tran (Neuroscience)
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Take part in DNA extraction, the Polymerase Chain Reaction and DNA sequencing.
Early Research Engagement
(For freshman students in the CNAS Scholars Program)
Take part in an early research engagement opportunity with the Dynamic Genome (BIOL 20) class.
Louis Stokes California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP)
(For STEM students from underrepresented populations)
Complete undergraduate degrees and pursue graduate/professional studies with CAMP.
(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 Program
(For incoming transfer students)
Learn research methods for molecular biology and bioinformatics, and write proposals, with this summer scholars program.
A UC Degree Is More Affordable Than You Might Think
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, 2018–19)
Let us show you how: financialaid.ucr.edu
Freshman and transfer students could qualify for a CNAS scholarship.
Prestigious Scholarships and Awards
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. Also available are campus scholarships, and Financial Aid's Outside Agency Scholarship Search for regional and national scholarships.
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.
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, helping to create 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.
Offers learning communities, research, and peer mentoring.
CNAS Science Ambassador Program
Represent CNAS as a student ambassador 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.
CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising
Meet with academic advisers every quarter to make sure you’re on track with coursework.
STEM Transfer 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, $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.