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 Frances M. Sladek, Ph.D.
Physical Sciences and Mathematics Divisional Dean Umar Mohideen, 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 2015
Undergraduate students 5,082
Graduate students 784
Ladder-rank & emeritus faculty members 425
Other researchers 440
Permanent staff 202
Alumni 25,862
Research expenditures (2014) $50.1M
Contract and grant awards $70M
Agricultural Operations Station 2 stations, 1,020 acres
Agricultural Operations Plant Types 50+

UCR Undergraduate Enrollment1,2

University of California, Riverside, Fall 2015
Total 21,539 100%
Women 11,056 51.3%
Men 10,483 48.7%
African/African-American 775 3.6%
Asian/Asian-American 7,059 32.8%
Chicano and Latino 7,385 34.3%
Native American 26 <1%
White/Caucasian 3,351 13.6%
International 1,400 6.5%
Native Hawaiian 30 <1%
Two or more races 1,143 5.3%
Unknown 370 1.7%

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
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College Information

CNAS Dean's Office
Geology Building, Room 2258
Tel: (951) 827-6555
Fax: (951) 827-5104

Personnel Services
College Building North