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Our environmental systems scientists strive to develop a better understanding of our planet to improve its function and sustainability.
Our chemistry faculty and students study everything from how HIV targets cells to improving solar cell efficiencies.
Our biological sciences researchers study the integration of systems to better understand the overall function of biological systems as a whole.
Our physicists study condensed matter, atomic physics, molecular physics, solar energy science, nanoscience, soft matter and biophysics.

Featured News

November 30, 2016
UC Merced professors Jessica Blois and Justin Yeakel and their graduate students are sifting through time, picking out tiny clues that will give them a mouse’s eye view of the ecosystem that surrounded what is now the La Brea...
November 17, 2016
Congratulations to the following graduate students for being awarded the Spring 2017 School of Natural Sciences Dean's Distinguished Scholars Fellowship! These individuals are being recognized for their contributions in research, engagement in the...
November 16, 2016
It’s not just luck or practice that gets Sherpa mountaineers up the slopes of Mt. Everest each year. Functioning so well at extreme elevations is in the Sherpa and Tibetan DNA — literally. A new study by UC Merced Professor...

Research Units

The Applied Mathematics Graduate Program (AMGP) at UC Merced offers an interdisciplinary research and training emphasis leading to Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

The academic and research programs in the School of Natural Sciences create the environment for excellence in student achievement and cutting-edge research in the broad areas of life, physical and environmental sciences.

The Life & Environmental Sciences (LES) group brings together a broadly experienced faculty with a common interest in interdisciplinary research and education in natural and human-impacted Earth systems.

Molecular cell biology involves the use of cellular and molecular biology to solve real-world problems. Molecular cell biologists study a broad spectrum of problems across several disciplines.

Physics at UC Merced leverages our unique academic atmosphere that fosters interdisciplinary research - connecting the physical sciences to life sciences, material sciences and engineering.