Prospective Students

Prospective Students

Why Choose UCR?

The University of California, Riverside is classified as an RU/VH (Research University/Very High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which categorizes all colleges and universities in the U.S. So what does this mean to you, as an incoming undergraduate?
  • Faculty are as involved in research and discovery as they are in teaching.
  • Research results are fed directly into teaching and end up in the textbooks used for teaching.
  • Students have opportunities to participate in research and help advance knowledge in science.
  • Faculty contacts with researchers around the world provide job opportunities and graduate school connections for undergraduates.

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Superior Faculty

The faculty in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences are all top-notch scholars and researchers in their fields. Every professor holds a Ph.D. degree—a doctorate that has been earned through independent research that has contributed new knowledge to the scientific field in which they specialize. They are evaluated periodically on the basis of the quality of their research, the quality of their teaching, and the extent of their public service.

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Depth and Breadth of Course Offerings

CNAS faculty teach all levels of classes, from introductory freshmen courses to intermediate major courses to advanced seminars. The wide extent of our faculty’s expertise means that CNAS students can select from a broad range of course offerings at all levels. Professors that are actively engaged in research, such as CNAS faculty, refresh their teaching content constantly to reflect the most recent developments in the field, and they use examples from their own laboratories to illustrate their message.

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Opportunities to Engage in Research

About half of all CNAS undergraduates engage in research experience outside of coursework, whether in laboratory or field work, as part of a faculty member’s research group. Introductory positions may be volunteer, with actual paid internships following as the student gains proficiency. Many undergraduates have actually co-authored research papers as a result of their work. Graduate and professional schools look favorably upon this kind of experience.

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State-of-the-Art Training

The large amount of research activity that the CNAS faculty engage in means that equipment and facilities in the college are as good as, if not better than, any institution in the country. The college’s so-called “core facilities”—campus laboratories that are equipped with instrumentation to serve a variety of research needs—are considered without peer in Southern California. This means that students are learning on up-to-date, state-of-the-art equipment and will be able to make an easy transition to industry or graduate school.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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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