See the bigger picture. Make a better world.

At UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources, we study natural and human systems from biological, ecological, economic, and social-science perspectives. We engage the issues that shape the complex, inter-connected world of the 21st century, from sustainable food systems to obesity, from water policy to energy economics, and from the far-reaching impacts of climate change to the linkages between the human genome, diet, and disease.

Choose one of our nine majors or eight minors, and you'll enjoy a small-college home on the big Berkeley campus, our personalized advising services, undergraduate research opportunities, and numerous student resources, many of them supported by our generous alumni.

Let us break it down for you . . .

Top Ten Reasons to Choose CNR

1. Make a Difference

Through teaching, research, and public outreach, we are dedicated to improving society for future generations. We focus on conserving the Earth and its resources by integrating biological, physical, social, and ecological sciences to address key environmental, social, and health problems. Join us, and help make a better world.  

2. Enjoy a Small College Home

With more than 30,000 students, the UC Berkeley campus can seem overwhelming. The College of Natural Resources is a friendly community housed in a cluster of beautiful historic buildings in the northwest corner of campus. Close interactions among students, faculty, and staff give you a small-college experience while providing all the benefits of the top public research university in the world.

3. Small Class Sizes Create an Inspiring Learning Environment

Many of our classes have low student-teacher ratios, including our freshman seminars. In all our classes, teachers take the time to help you understand the concepts and implications of the course materials. This kind of individual attention enhances your learning and success at UC Berkeley and beyond.

4. Receive Individual Support from Faculty Advisors and Major Advisors

Faculty Advisors and Major Advisors are available to every College of Natural Resources student. You can count on building a relationship with a faculty member whose expertise will help you navigate the many choices and exciting challenges you encounter at UC Berkeley.  Students also interact each semester with their major advisors to plan class schedules, explore extracurricular activities, and get connected to the CNR community.

5. Open the Doors to Exploration with CNR’s Interdisciplinary Majors

Today’s environment, energy, and health challenges can best be understood from multiple perspectives. Whether the topic is growing a plentiful supply of safe food, protecting ecosystems amid ever-expanding human demands, or assessing the risks and benefits of biotechnology, we encourage you to look at all sides of an issue by drawing from the different subjects you will be studying.

6. Access a Wealth of Research Opportunities

Think you might like laboratory research? Want to administer population surveys of birds in the field, or conduct nutritional interviews? Gain hands-on experience conducting independent research or projects with faculty in the lab or in the field. The only-in-CNR Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Program provides funding support to student research mentored by our faculty professors.

7. Study with Leading-Edge Faculty

Our faculty constitute an unparalleled collection of intellects and talents. The UC Berkeley faculty is among the most published in peer-reviewed journals, most quoted in national media for their expertise and news-making research, and most honored by distinguished prizes and awards.

8. See the World; Understand the World 

Our faculty study matters of local, national, and international importance. Many travel overseas to research problems such as insect-borne river blindness in West Africa, ecosystem ecology in Puerto Rico, Madagascar, and Ghana, and natural resource conflicts in Indonesia. Students often have the opportunity to participate in these projects. You might also spend a summer at Forestry Field Camp, an eight-week program in the Sierra Nevada mountains--the only program of its kind in the American West.

9. Choose from Majors That Prepare You for a Myriad of Careers

Whether you want to be a doctor, lawyer, environmental engineer, park ranger, recycling coordinator, environmental consultant, biologist, nutritionist, nonprofit program manager, or professor, our majors help you begin your journey to discover your path.

10. Become Our Next Famous Graduate

Graduates of our college have succeeded in a wide range of meaningful careers, helping to solve environmental and social problems around the globe and making important research discoveries in the laboratory. High-profile alumni include nutrition and food scientist Jennifer Maxwell, co-founder of PowerBar, Inc.; agricultural economist John Kenneth Galbraith, winner of the 2000 Presidential Medal of Freedom, U.S. Ambassador to India, and advisor to several presidents; and conservationist Horace M. Albright, co-founder of the National Park Service and its second director.

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