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 2022

Undergraduate students    6,524
Graduate students 923
Ladder-rank & emeritus faculty members    (2020) 443
Other researchers    (2020) 487
Permanent staff    (2020) 208
Alumni    (2020) 30,149
Research grant expenditures (FY 2022) $75.2M
Nobel Laureates 2
Members of the National Academy of Sciences 18
Academic Departments 13
Research institutes, centers, and collections 20
Contract and grant awards (FY 2022) $98.8M
Agricultural Operations Station 2 stations, 1,020 acres
Agricultural Operations Plant Species/Varieties 50+
Natural Reserves 8 reserves, 29,000 acres of land


General UCR Stats

University of California, Riverside, Fall 2022

Total Students Enrolled 26,809 (100%)
Undergraduates 22,903 (85.4%)
Graduates 3,906 (14.6%)
First-generation Undergraduates 11,850 (44.2%)
Pell Grant Recipients 10,434 (38.9%)


UCR Undergraduate Enrollment

University of California, Riverside, Fall 2022

Total 22,903 (100%)
African/African-American 810 (3%)
Asian/Asian-American 8,800 (32.8%)
Chicano and Latino 9,666 (36.1%)
Native American or Alaskan Native     24 (<1%)
White/Caucasian 3,279 (12.2%)
International 2,425 (9%)
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 34 (<1%)
Two or more races     1,388 (5.2%)
Unknown 383  (1.4%)


UCR Transfer Student Enrollment

University of California, Riverside, Fall 2022

Total Applicants 12,939 (100%)
Admitted 7,939 (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 
Isgouhi Kaloshian, Ph.D.
Life Sciences         Divisional Dean 
Katherine Borkovich Ph.D.
Physical Sciences and Mathematics     Divisional Dean
Stefano Vidussi, Ph.D.
Student Academic Affairs     Divisional Dean 
Constance Nugent, 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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