CNAS College of NaturalSciences
“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable awarded a stem cell research facility grant of
citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most $2.7 million by the California Institute for
independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), California’s
their country and wedded to its liberty and interests stem cell research initiative.
by the most lasting bands”
— Thomas Jefferson Cheryl Hayashi, a UCR biologist and
winner of the prestigious MacArthur
“Science is the literature of truth.” Fellowship, leads a research team
— Josh Billings that has identified the genes and
determined the DNA sequences for
College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences two key proteins in the “dragline
Drawing on a rich tradition of teaching and research silk” of the black widow spider – an
that dates back nearly a century, the College of advance that may lead to a variety
Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) offers a of new materials for industrial,
wide spectrum of majors in the biological, physical, medical and military uses.
mathematical and agricultural sciences. Students
may choose from among more than a dozen Irwin W. Sherman,
RESEARCH CENTERS Areas of Special Study for all Programs professor emeritus of biology, has
• University Honors Program invites highly qualified
Get Interested! undergraduate majors, many of which have specialized
“tracks” or “options” that provide the flexibility to authored or co-authored more
students to conduct a research thesis of their own Get More Information! focus on a particular area of interest. Students are than 150 scholarly papers and four
The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
initiative and design in collaboration with a faculty also given the opportunity to gain practical experi- books, including 2007’s Twelve
administers eight natural reserves covering 28,000 College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
member. Participation in the University Honors Program ence through genuine research in the laboratory or Diseases That Changed Our
acres and containing a broad representation of 1140 Bachelor Hall
is the capstone of an excellent education. field and through internships. World (American Society for
Southern California’s flora and fauna. The natural University of California, Riverside
www.honors.ucr.edu Microbiology Press).
reserves, most of them within a one-hour drive from Riverside, CA 92521 Irwin W. Sherman
campus, provide scientists and students with diverse • Education Abroad Program allows UCR students to All degree programs provide students with an The book focuses
Phone: (951) 827-7294
field research opportunities. Field “labs” at the add an international perspective by studying and living opportunity to develop an understanding and appre- on a dozen diseases that greatly influenced
reserves may be incorporated in undergraduate in another country while earning UC credit. ciation of our relationship to the world around us, in society, politics and culture.
courses, and some undergraduates have pursued www.internationalcenter.ucr.edu/oppabroad_eap.htm addition to preparing them for careers in their fields
individual research projects on the reserves. of specialization. A University of California degree in Look inside for more information about our programs.
• The UC Center at Sacramento offers an academic Prospective Students
the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences is
program of internships that give students hands-on Create a VIP account and get information
The Agricultural Experiment Station conducts experience in government, the nonprofit sector, exceptional preparation for a career in industry, or
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research in a variety of disciplines to contribute to and business. for graduate school or medical school.
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production of a dependable food supply. Agricul- www.uccs.universityofcalifornia.edu Office of Undergraduate Recruitment
tural field stations adjacent to campus and in the
• The UCR Washington Center gives students a
Who we R
Coachella Valley aid in this research. The UCR Office of Undergraduate Recruitment
multidimensional educational experience in Faculty
Botanic Gardens provide plant Prospective freshmen:
Washington, D.C., government, museum, and CNAS students take classes, receive mentoring,
materials for various research projects; Phone: (951) 827-4531
art institutions. and participate in research opportunities under the
the Herbarium is a clearinghouse for E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
www.ucdc.edu direct supervision of outstanding professors who
information regarding plant species;
and germplasm collections form • The Prepare to Teach Program is avail- are research pioneers and valued mentors in the
Prospective transfer students:
an invaluable resource for the study able to classroom.
Phone: (951) 827-5307
of agriculturally important crops and students who plan to teach in California E-mail: email@example.com
native plant species. elementary schools. Prospective elementary Assistant professor of
teachers can complete the approved subject biomedical sciences, Douglas
The UC Riverside General Catalog can be
College facilities include : matter preparation program along with their major with Ethell, was awarded a $2.1
found at www.catalog.ucr.edu and purchased
• Analytical Chemistry Instrumentation Facility early field experience in the schools. million stem cell grant to study
at the UCR Campus Store: (951) 827-2665;
• Biotechnology greenhouses www.lsnid.ucr.edu/academic_programs Alzheimer’s Disease. Earlier
• Entomology Research Museum • California Teach-Science/Mathematics Initiative in the year, UC Riverside was
• State-of-the-art Insectary and Quarantine Facility (CaTEACH-SMI) Students with a talent for science, math Douglas Ethell
• Nematode Isolation and Quarantine Facility or engineering can translate that ability into preparing
• Plant Transformation Facility for a teaching career in California through CaTEACH-SMI.
• Fine structure imaging capabilities, including trans- The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national
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microprobes, and confocal microscopy. 1104 Pierce Hall or smi.ucr.edu. in University programs and activities. Inquiries regarding the University’s student-related nondiscrimination policies may be directed to Gladys Brown, (951) 827-5604.
College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
A bachelor’s degree in the sciences, combined with
Who we R (cont.) an advanced degree in business or law, can provide
the basis for an important career in one of these
ALUMNI fields. Or, with a bachelor’s degree and a teaching
Richard Schrock (Chemistry, credential, you can help satisfy a critical need for
’67) received the 2005 Nobel elementary, middle, and high school teachers who
Prize in Chemistry for the are well-versed in the sciences.
development of a chemical
reaction now used daily in the The University Honors Program
chemical industry for the Outstanding students in the college may participate
Richard Schrock efficient and more in the University Honors Program at both the lower-
environmentally friendly division and upper-division levels. The program gives
production of important pharmaceuticals, fuels, students the opportunity to learn innovative ap-
synthetic fibers and many other products. proaches to study, to pursue individual projects, and
Arthur D. Riggs (Chemistry to take an active role in shaping their education.
and Microbiology, ’60)
President and CEO, City of
Hope’s Beckman Research
Institute. The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
offers 16 majors, most of which lead to either a
Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree,
depending on the area of emphasis chosen by the
Arthur D. Riggs
student. Two majors — Biological Sciences and
Oliver A. Ryder (Biology, ’69) Geophysics — lead exclusively to the B.S. degree.
Kleberg Chair in Genetics, all departments, students are
Center of Reproduction of strongly encouraged to participate College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
in internships or undergraduate Undergraduate majors a major is not necessary for admission to the Minors
Endangered Species Zoological
research. The College maintains Biochemistry University as a freshman. The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Society of San Diego
funds to support research-based Biological Sciences To decide on a major, students should determine offers disciplinary minors programs. These are
scholarship. Biology what general area of study they are interested in, sequences of supplemental courses designed to
Chemistry then obtain descriptions of the majors which UCR enhance student work in a specified area of study
Oliver A. Ryder Many opportunities for laboratory and field research are Entomology offers in that area. separate from the major. Students who select minors
available to undergraduates. Most majors offer under- Environmental Sciences usually do so after they have entered the university.
Sally Fox (Pest Management, graduate research courses in which students may obtain Environmental Sciences Joint Program Look on the back for more information about our programs.
M.S. ’82) Founder,Vresels, Ltd. Undeclared majors
academic credit for laboratory or field research under a between UCR and CSU Fresno It’s not unusual for incoming freshmen to delay
and Natural Cotton Colours faculty mentor. This practical experience help students Geology
– developed and patented declaring a major until they can determine their
gain greater insight into the scientific process and Geophysics interests. These students may be admitted to the
FoxFiber® Cotton – naturally perhaps stimulate a new area of interest. Internships Geoscience Education
colored, organically College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences as
for undergraduates are also available at off-campus Mathematics Undeclared majors. With the assistance of the
grown cotton. government and industrial laboratories. Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers college’s professional staff and faculty, students in
Sally Fox Neuroscience Undeclared majors outline a tentative lower-division
Career opportunities Physics program to prepare them to enter various
Tina Nova (Biochemistry, Whether you choose to Plant Biology
Ph.D. ’82) President, CEO upper-division science majors.
complete your educa- Statistics
and founder of GenOptix (her tion with a bachelor’s
fourth biotechnology start-up degree or to continue Choosing a major Double majors
company). in a master’s or doc- Incoming freshmen who are Students who are well along in their university
toral program, there certain of their academic careers may discover they have developed strong
are numerous career interests and goals interests in two separate fields of study. These
Tina Nova opportunities for graduates trained in the sciences. A may declare a students may choose to have a double major.
bachelor’s degree in the sciences can be your springboard to major at the Incoming students don’t have to make that choice,
Undergraduate Research Opportunities many career options in basic or applied research, health time they enter but they might want to keep the option in mind when
A major teaching strength of the college is its professions, high-tech business ventures, education, and UCR. However, developing their academic plans.
dedication to undergraduate research. Throughout public policy administration. declaring