About CNAS


About CNAS

The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences(CNAS) is home to world-renowned scholars pursuing research that deepens our knowledge of the universe we live in and improves the quality of life for inhabitants of the state, the nation, and the world. Central to this research is educating the students who come to CNAS to learn science, and who leave with an integrated grasp of how they can change the world. These students, and the faculty who teach them, benefit from a structure that is unique among land-grant colleges: CNAS’s 13 departments encompass the life, physical, mathematical, and agricultural sciences. This structure encourages an extraordinary degree of collaboration, reflected in the interdisciplinary research centers and the many cooperatively taught degree programs. Modern science is team based, and CNAS embodies that principle in everything it teaches and practices.

Our Mission

UCR's College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences seeks to expand fundamental scientific knowledge in the biological, physical, mathematical, and agricultural sciences and to find innovative ways to apply that knowledge through teaching and public service. An atmosphere of intimacy and excellence, diversity and distinction, and prestige and preeminence attracts the top faculty and students in the country.

Dean Kathryn E. Uhrich

Dean Kathryn E. Uhrich, a distinguished polymer chemist, began her tenure as dean of CNAS on January 1, 2016.

CNAS Organizational Structure

Organizational charts of the college show how it is structured and administered.


College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Dean Kathryn E. Uhrich, Ph.D.
Agriculture and Natural Resources Divisional Dean Michael A. Anderson, Ph.D.
Life Sciences Divisional Dean Peter W. Atkinson, Ph.D.
Chemistry, Math, Physics and Astronomy Divisional Dean Cynthia K. Larive, Ph.D.
Student Academic Affairs Divisional Dean Michael A. McKibben, Ph.D.
Financial & Administrative Affairs Executive Assistant Dean and CFAO Jennifer Farias, M.B.A.

CNAS Facts and Figures1

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Fall 2014
Undergraduate students 5,025
Graduate students 801
Ladder-rank & emeritus faculty members 435
Other researchers 450
Permanent staff 192
Alumni 23,237
Research expenditures $49.6M
Contract & grant awards (FY12) $51.6M
Agricultural Operations Station 2 stations, 1,020 acres
Agricultural Operations Plant Types 50+

UCR Undergraduate Enrollment1,2

University of California, Riverside, Fall 2014
Total 18,782 100%
Women 9,763 52%
Men 9,019 48%
African/African-American 1,198 6%
Asian/Asian-American 7,383 39%
Chicano and Latino 6,867 37%
Native American 77 <1%
White/Caucasian 2,579 14%
International 476 3%
Other 2 <1%
Unknown 200 1%

Data are updated every November.
Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding.

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Career OpportunitiesUCR Libraries
Campus StatusDirections to UCR

College Information

CNAS Dean's Office
College Building North, Floors 2 & 3
Tel: (951) 827-6555
Fax: (951) 827-4190

Personnel Services
Life Sciences, Floor 2