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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.


Dean Kathryn E. Uhrich, Ph.D.
Agriculture and Natural Resources         Divisional Dean 
Timothy Paine, Ph.D.
Life Sciences         Divisional Dean 
Frances M. Sladek, Ph.D.
Physical Sciences and Mathematics     Divisional Dean
Jose Wudka, Ph.D.
Student Academic Affairs     Divisional Dean 
Constance Nugent, Ph.D.
Financial & Administrative Affairs     Executive Assistant Dean &
 CFAO Jennifer Farias, M.B.A.


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.

Facts and Figures

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Fall 2018

Undergraduate students         6,173 
Graduate students     913
Ladder-rank & emeritus faculty members     443
Other researchers     487
Permanent staff     208
Alumni     27,331
Research grant expenditures     $58M
Nobel Laureates 2
Members of the National Academy of Sciences 12
Academic Departments 13
Research institutes, centers, and collections 20+
Contract and grant awards     $72M
Agricultural Operations Station

2 stations, 1,020 acres

Agricultural Operations Plant Types     50+
Natural Reserves 8 reserves, 28,000 acres of land


General UCR Stats

University of California, Riverside, Fall 2018

Total Students Enrolled     23,922 (100%)
Undergraduates     20,581 (86.1%)
Graduates 3,341 (13.9%)
First-generation Undergraduates

11,649 (48.6%)

Pell Grant Recipients 10,417    (43.5%)


UCR Undergraduate Enrollment

University of California, Riverside, Fall 2018

Total 20,581 (100%)
African/African-American 689 (3.3%)
Asian/Asian-American 6950    (33.8%)
Chicano and Latino 8550    (41.5%)
Native American or Alaskan Native     19    (<1%)
White/Caucasian 2,258 (10.9%)
International 697 (3.4%)
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 33 (<1%)
Two or more races     1154    (4.8%)
Unknown 231 (<1%)


UCR Transfer Student Enrollment

University of California, Riverside, Fall 2018

Total Applicants     10,928 (100%)
Admitted  6,298 (58%)


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

Dean Kathryn E. Uhrich

biography      news & press

CNAS Organizational Structure (org charts)

Dean’s Office  Department


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