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CNAS Undergraduate Programs

UC Riverside has a number of programs that are designed to help students succeed in their fields during their time on campus. The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences also has programs and offices specifically geared toward student success. Take a look at these programs here, and don’t be shy about contacting them for information or assistance whenever you feel the need.



California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP)

The CAMP program is designed for students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics [STEM] fields. CAMP-UCR works to encourage underrepresented students in the STEM fields to successfully complete undergraduate science degrees and further pursue their studies at the graduate and professional level.

CAMP exists at eight of the UC campuses and at various California State Universities, California community colleges, independent colleges and universities, and national laboratories that together are working to double the numbers of minority students receiving a bachelor’s degree in a science discipline.



California Teach/Science-Math Initiative

A State of California/University of California initiative, CalTeach/SMI aims to increase the number of science and mathematics teachers in California classrooms. At UCR, the program provides a variety of services and financial incentives for students to consider teaching.



CNAS Freshman Learning Communities

The CNAS Freshman Learning Communities are the university's most structured and comprehensive strategy for improving first-year academic success. Learning communities are programs designed to build a community of students with common academic goals and dedication to academic excellence. Members of each community take the majority of their first-year classes with the same group of 24 students. Each group attends classes, studies, learns, and excels together. Students in the program benefit from vital support services needed to succeed in UCR’s rigorous science and math courses. Students in the program also benefit from efficient course registration. At the end of their first year, CNAS Freshmen Scholars students will be given the opportunity to apply for a paid research position with a CNAS faculty member for the summer. Students will have the opportunity to apply for a learning community spot during orientation.

Freshman Learning Communities


CNAS Science Ambassador Program

The Science Ambassador Program is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to represent UC Riverside’s College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences Undergraduate Programs to internal and external constituents. The Science Ambassador will be the face of the program and assist the school as a host during official functions, make presentations where required, and act as a student liaison with the various communities that CNAS serves both on and off-campus, with a particular emphasis on recruiting events and activities. Each Ambassador has a distinct voice and a unique story which all contribute to a rich diverse representation for the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside. CNAS Science Ambassadors adhere to the highest standards of student conduct and academic integrity.

CNAS science AmbassadorS


Early Assist

The UCR Academic Resource Center's Early Assist program is a support program for first year, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) and Bourns College of Engineering (BCoE), students who have placed into the UCR ARC 35 Intermediate Algebra Workshop. The program follows students as they progress through ARC 35 (Fall), Math 6A (Winter) and Math 6B (Spring) to assist them through the Math prerequisite series in order to begin the required core STEM courses. Students participating in the program are assigned a Peer Educator, a CNAS or BCoE student who has been academically successful in Math at UCR, to meet with regularly throughout each quarter.

ARC Early Assist


Education Abroad Program (EAP)

The Education Abroad Program offers full-year and short-term programs in a wide range of academic disciplines. Most EAP participants take regular host university courses. In some programs, you can study the language and take special courses designed for foreign students. In others, you undertake specialized studies in your major, take courses to add breadth to your general education, and conduct research.

Education Abroad


First Year Success Series

The First Year Success Series of workshops and seminars is designed to guide you through all of the first year. Among the topics are “Managing Stress for a Healthier Life,” “Part-Time & Job Search/Beginning Resume Writing,” and “Involvement on Campus: Your Key to Success.”

First Year Success


Health Professions Advising Center

The Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC) provides information, advising, and support for students who aspire to graduate/professional programs in the health professions and wish to enhance their academic and extracurricular preparation. Professional staff and peer mentors are available to guide students as they plan their pre-health professions course work, health related experiences, service work, and research in preparation for applying to programs

Health Professions Advising Center


Honors Program

The University Honors Program is a community of high-achieving, passionate students who strive to reach their fullest potential. The program connects the brightest of UCR students with the top professors at UCR for research, focus-driven classes, and individual projects. Honors students have gone on to work in many areas, including politics, environmental research, publishing, teaching, the Peace Corps, and medical fields.

University Honors


NSF Noyce Scholarship Program

The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, the Graduate School of Education, and the ALPHA Center for Academic Partnerships formed an alliance with the fast growing high need, low performing Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD), to prepare exception Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) undergraduate majors for secondary school teaching careers. Building on the unique infrastructure established at UCR by the Science Mathematics Initiative, the California Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative, and the Corpernicus Project, the UCR Noyce Scholarship Program will provide a continuum of teacher preparation and professional development experience that will commit Noyce Scholars to teach in a nearby under-performing, low socio-economic, school districts.



Research Experience for Undergraduates

The NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site is geared towards providing opportunities to students interested in the cellular and molecular biology of plants and their pathogens. The program is especially interested in exposing students from two- and four-year colleges with limited research infrastructure to the excitement and career options that studies of plant and plant pathogen biology offers, but students from all colleges are welcome to apply. The program is sponsored by the UC-Riverside Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) which, in association with the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) and other college departments, includes many faculty that study plants, plant pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes), other microbes, and allied fields.

Undergrad Research Experience


STEM Pathway Program

The STEM Pathway Program provides support and advancement opportunities to Hispanic or low-income students who are pursuing bachelor's degress in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields through faculty-mentored research projects, transition success workshops, as well as academic and professional skill building activities. For more information please send an email to Nhi Tran or call (951) 827-1764.

STEm Pathway


Undergraduate Academic Advising Center (UAAC)

The nerve center of all CNAS undergraduate students' progress through their degrees is the CNAS Undergraduate Academic Advising Center (UAAC), located in 1223 Pierce Hall. UAAC offers virtually one-stop shopping for CNAS undergrads, with services ranging from informational for prospective students and their families, to academic advising for enrolled students, to degree certification for students approaching completion of their bachelor's degree.



UC Washington Academic Internship Program (UCDC)

The University of California Washington D.C. Academic Internship Program offers qualified undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to combine course work, field research, and work experience during a quarter's residence in our nation's capital. While in Washington, you live in a residential college with approximately 250 students from other UC campuses. The UC Washington Center includes student apartments, classrooms, computer facilities, and meeting spaces and is located in central Washington, D.C.

UCDC Program



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