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Our physicists study condensed matter, atomic physics, molecular physics, solar energy science, nanoscience, soft matter and biophysics.
School of Natural Sciences faculty receive Senate Awards for excellence in research and teaching! Congrats to Professors Linda Hirst and Fred Wolf and Continuing Lecturer Kamal Dulai!
RadioBio is a science podcast produced by QSB graduate students with a mission to connect listeners with contemporary research and the biologists who make it happen. Transport yourself to the forests, laboratories, and communities where science happens at
Ever wonder where species come from? RadioBio goes back to the early days of gene sequencing to study the speciation process with Dr. Jack Sites Jr. Then we go way back in evolutionary time and talk about his quest to understand deep phylogenetic relationships among scaly creatures: the reptiles!
Our environmental systems scientists strive to develop a better understanding of our planet to improve its function and sustainability.

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May 10, 2017
As the academic year comes to an end, we look to celebrate the success of another year. On May 1, 2017, we recognized the dedication and accomplishment of graduating undergraduate students at the school’s outstanding student award reception. This...
Dean Meza
April 5, 2017
School of Natural Sciences Dean Juan Meza was recently elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Committee on Council Affairs. His selection became official during this year’s annual AAAS conference in...
The cake pans were hung on poles to gather dust samples.
March 28, 2017
But dust from as near as the Central Valley and as far away as the Gobi Desert in Asia provides more nutrients — especially critical phosphorus — than previously thought to sustain the vegetation in the Sierra Nevada, a team of scientists has...

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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.

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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.