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

To transform lives through discovery, communication, translation, application, and preservation of knowledge.

Facts and Figures

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Fall 2023

Undergraduate students 6,184
Graduate students 904
Ladder-rank faculty members 284
Permanent staff 346
Alumni 36,683
Research grant expenditures (FY 2022) $75.2M
Nobel Laureates 2
Members of the National Academy of Sciences 17
Academic Departments 13
Research institutes, centers, and collections 20
Contract and grant awards $72M
Agricultural Operations Station 2 field stations
Citrus Research Center & Agricultural Experiment Station (CRC-AES): 480 acres
Coachella Valley Agricultural Research Station (CVARS): 540 acres
Agricultural Operations Plant Species/Varieties 50+
Natural Reserves 6 reserves, 17,184 acres of land


General UCR Stats

University of California, Riverside, Fall 2023

Total Students Enrolled 26,426 (100%)
Undergraduates 22,646 (85.7%)
Graduates 3,780 (14.3%)
First-generation Undergraduates 11,471 (43.4%)
Pell Grant Recipients 10,287 (38.9%)


UCR Undergraduate Enrollment

University of California, Riverside, Fall 2023

Total 22,646 (100%)
African/African-American 748 (3.3%)
Asian/Asian-American 8,094 (35.7%)
Chicano and Latino 9,122 (40.3%)
Native American or Alaskan Native     12 (<1%)
White/Caucasian 2,370 (10.5%)
International 856 (3.8%)
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 29 (<1%)
Two or more races     1,127 (5%)
Unknown 288  (1.3%)


UCR Transfer Student Enrollment

University of California, Riverside, Fall 2023

Total Applicants 12,101 (100%)
Admitted 6,911 (61.4%)


1.   Data are updated every Spring.
2.   Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding.


Interim Dean Peter W. Atkinson, Ph.D.
Agriculture and Natural Resources         Divisional Dean 
Patricia Springer, Ph.D.
Life Sciences         Divisional Dean 
Morris Maduro, Ph.D.
Physical Sciences and Mathematics     Divisional Dean
Stefano Vidussi, Ph.D.
Student Academic Affairs     Divisional Dean 
Stephanie Dingwall, Ph.D.
Financial & Administrative Affairs     Executive Assistant Dean &
 CFAO Jennifer Farias, M.B.A.


Interim Dean Peter Atkinson

Organizational Structure
(CNAS org charts)


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