Welcome to Rausser College of Natural Resources!

The Rausser College of Natural Resources provides exceptional opportunities to study the dynamic interactions of the environment, health, and society; develop policies that will meet fundamental human needs; and serve the public by transferring research findings to society. 

A researcher taking pictures of flowers in a field

Conservation and resources studies major Tasha Todt documents blooming corn lilies in Olympic National Forest’s Enchanted Valley in 2021. The towering plants grow between 3 and 6 feet tall, and are named for their resemblance to corn stalks. Photo by Timmy Lodhi.


Rausser College is one of 14 colleges and schools at the University of California, Berkeley, and our students take courses in almost every department and college on campus. Rausser College remains small enough to assure individual attention for each student: faculty advising, small classes, dedicated staff, and well-supported research and community service programs are fundamental to a Rausser College education.

Your Small College Home

When you declare a Rausser College-based major at UC Berkeley, you become a student in that major. Once declared, you work with the academic advisor and faculty advisors for the major to plan your schedule and program. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to ensure you satisfy the requirements of your major to earn your degree; however, Rausser College advisors are dedicated, experienced professionals who are there to help.

If you have not declared a major, you meet with the Rausser College undeclared advisor who will guide you on course planning while you explore majors. You may also visit the undergraduate advisor of any major you are interested in to find out more about it and to talk over your options.

Students are encouraged to be in regular contact with their advisor and, at times, will be required to meet with the advisor to discuss their academic progress before they can enroll into the next term. 

Like all the colleges and schools at UC Berkeley, Rausser College has specific requirements for our students. You must satisfy College requirements in addition to your major requirements. To graduate, you must also satisfy university requirements. These are set by the University of California and cannot be changed by Rausser College.
A student smiling

A student in the lab of professor Ben Blonder. Photo by Mathew Burciaga.


Undergraduate Advising and Support

Rausser College advisors in the Office of Instruction & Student Affairs are your guides while earning your undergraduate degree.  In collaboration with the Office of the Registrar, they maintain your academic record, track your degree progress, and finalize your degree completion.  They can assist you with course enrollment and academic planning, explain college and university policies and procedures, connect you with faculty, and link you to student resources. You are expected to meet with your advisor at least once each semester. Find your advisor now.

In addition to advising, Rausser College offers numerous personalized Student Services programs specifically for our students. Learn about career panels, academic support, and undergraduate research opportunities.


As your small-college home at the big university, the Rausser College Office of Instruction & Student Affairs is here to help you navigate your undergraduate experience. We suggest you first review the Frequently Asked Questions section. For more detailed information, contact us by emailing your advisor or the Office of Instruction & Student Affairs at advising.rcnr@berkeley.edu.