Greetings from the UC Riverside College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences, also known as CNAS!

We invite you to use this page in the months ahead to get to know us better. From on-campus and virtual events to opportunities to interact with current students, faculty, and staff, you'll find that there's a lot to love about CNAS!
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Who We Are

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

$97 million
Awarded in Contracts & Grants
Undergraduate Students
Faculty & Staff
Graduate Students
Citrus Varieties Created
Research Centers & Institutes
National Academies Members
National Academy of Inventors Members
Entomology Program in the World
Nobel Prize Winners

Hear What Our Students Are Saying About CNAS...

"UC Riverside as an institution is very interdisciplinary, and offers a unified approach to learning. UC Riverside is also very collaborative, and offers a great undergraduate experience. UC Riverside and CNAS are so resourceful, and offer students plenty of opportunities for outreach, service, mentorship, and even paid internships!"

Maeve-Darly Domond '23
Biology (Pre-Health/Pre-PA)
"Do things that are out of your comfort zone, because that is the only way you are going to learn what you are capable of. Over the summer, I worked as an orientation panelist for prospective CNAS students. By allowing myself to be open to new possibilities and learning along the way, I got to be where I am today, and I want the same for anyone attending UC Riverside."

Jennalyn Resendez '24
Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology
"I participated in UC Riverside’s RISE Summer Bridge to Research Program, where I completed a 10-week (paid) summer internship at UC Riverside studying artificial deep neural network models through a theoretical lens. I made a lot of great friends and learned a lot about the on-campus programs and resources on campus. It made my transition from community college to university smooth and seamless."

Jared Hudnall '24
"I chose UC Riverside because of the plethora of opportunities to get hands-on experience offered to students as soon as their first year. UC Riverside has many resources for students to be involved in research, expand on professional development, and serve an underrepresented community in the local area. The diverse population of UC Riverside made me feel included and represented in this community."

Syreze San Andres '23
Neuroscience, Environmental Science
"My favorite CNAS class was Biochemistry, because it has helped me understand the complex chemical reactions that occur in a wide variety of life forms. One topic I always find interesting is glycolysis, the process through which glucose is partially broken down by cells in enzyme reactions that do not need oxygen. I also enjoyed learning more about photosynthesis on a deeper level because of my interest in plant biology."

Kyrollos Salama '24
"Be open to the opportunities in CNAS. There are so many ways to get involved and make connections with peers, teachers assistants, and professors. Everyone here is willing to help out and support each other."

Sonali Bhakta '23
Grad Student at Northwestern University
"Coming on to campus for the first time, I could clearly see a sense of community the current students expressed and I wanted to be a part of it. Four years later, I can proudly say I made the right choice. I chose UC Riverside because of the multitude of opportunities it has for undergraduate students. I've been able to start my own organization and create my own course, which students don't often have the opportunity to do."

Thankiya Shankar '23
Biology, Law & Society
"I am currently working with the community of Coachella Valley to help investigate the unhealthy air quality in that region. I do this by exploring connections between the indoor and outdoor regimes, assessing the impact of outdoor conditions on indoor patterns and health impacts, and teaching families how to create their own air filters."

Ashley Trinidad '23
"I would describe UC Riverside as supportive, welcoming, and inspiring. It has a supportive atmosphere when it comes to the faculty and students. Everyone here wants to see you succeed and do well. UC Riverside is inspiring to me because I get to see the medical students on campus and think to myself, 'That'll be me one day.'"

Briana Baldovinos '24
Neuroscience, Pre-Med

CNAS Research Videos

Click below to learn about just some of the fascinating research happening at CNAS today!

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Don't miss Discover UCR — UC Riverside's largest open house for first-year and transfer students interested in applying to and attending UC Riverside!

Saturday, October 7, 2023
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
UC Riverside

Free parking is available in Lot 30. Check-in begins at 8:00 AM at the Bell Tower. 

  • Learn about admissions requirements, applications processes, and financial aid options. 
  • Connect with students success resources and campus organizations. 
  • Meet CNAS professors, advisers, and current students.
  • Attend special events specifically for prospective CNAS students.


The Transfer Experience

Transfer students answer some important questions and share more about the wonderful opportunities available at UC Riverside!


Take Your Seat Next To Scotty!

Our mascot, Scotty Highlander, can't wait to see you become a CNAS student...and neither can we!

An education at UC Riverside is more than attending class. It's joining a community where diversity equals vitality. Where support and empowerment lifts spirits and propels ideas forward. Here, you won't just answer problems. You'll be part of global solutions!

Ranked in the top 15 for best universities in the nation - and first for social mobility - UC Riverside has created a new model for what a great public research university can help you achieve!


Getting to Know UCR Promotional Video

Coming Fall 2023!

We asked CNAS community members some icebreaker questions! Check out our new video series to see what they have to say about:

  • Favorites colors
  • Super powers
  • Folding pizza
  • Movies, music and much, much more!

New videos added every two weeks. Have fun getting to know us!

UC Riverside Video Library

Courtesy of our friends at The College Tour! Click "The College Tour" below to watch the whole episode, or select snippets of the UC Riverside experience!


Upcoming Events & Important Dates

Join us on campus (or online) at our upcoming events for prospective students!


Access the UC Application

Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Access UC Application


Submit TAG Application (transfers)

Friday, September 1-Saturday, September 30, 2023
Access TAG Application


Submit Your UC Application

Sunday, October 1-Thursday, November 30, 2023
Access UC Application


Transfer Academic Update Deadline (transfers)

Sunday, October 1-Thursday, November 30, 2023
Access Transfer Academic Update


Access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) & GPA Form

Sunday, October 1, 2023
UCR school code: 001316
Access the FAFSA
Access GPA Form


Discover UCR Day

Saturday, October 7, 2023
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Join us on campus for an open-house style event designed to help you discover UC Riverside! Check out panels, info tables, and special sessions featuring CNAS students, faculty, and alumni!
Register for Discover UCR Day


UC Application Deadline

Thursday, November 30, 2023
Access UC Application


Access the California Dream Act Application

Thursday, January 1, 2024
UCR school code: 001316
Access Dream Act Application

Admission Notifications Begin

March 2024


FAFSA & Dream Act Priority Deadline

Tuesday, March 2, 2024



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