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 17 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)
FR First-Year Students TR Transfer Students
(For high-achieving, underrepresented students in their third and fourth years)
Take part in structured training programs to prepare for doctoral programs in biomedical research fields.
Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP)
(For rising third- and fourth-year students and some rising masters students from educationally and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds)
Pursue your Ph.D with MSRIP.
Research in Science and Engineering (RISE)
Prepare for graduate and professional studies with RISE research experiences, training, seminars, meetings with the divisional dean, and professional development workshops.
A UC Degree Is More Affordable Than You Might Think
of UCR undergraduate students who applied for aid were awarded aid.
of undergraduate students who were awarded aid received need-based scholarships and/or grants.
of need was met with need-based aid.
(Financial Aid Office, 2022–23)
Let us show you how: financialaid.ucr.edu
First-year and transfer students could qualify for a CNAS scholarship.
Prestigious Scholarships and Awards
First-year 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.
Year after year, UCR students are awarded the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — the STEM — disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.
Each fellow receives a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 as well as a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education.