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Our physicists study condensed matter, atomic physics, molecular physics, solar energy science, nanoscience, soft matter and biophysics.
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. Picture of Fabian Filipp conducting research experiment
Our biological sciences researchers study the integration of systems to better understand the overall function of biological systems as a whole.
Our environmental systems scientists strive to develop a better understanding of our planet to improve its function and sustainability.
Commencement exercises for the Schools of Engineering and Natural Sciences will begin at 9 a.m. May 13, 2017.

Featured News

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...
Professor Jessica Blois and colleagues examine the role of the fossil record in understanding future global changes.
March 27, 2017
The rapid pace of global change has large impacts on nature, and on the work conservation biologists will have before them, too. From here on out, experts say, the fossil record is going to be critical to guide nature into the future. A ...

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.

Two students conducting a chemistry experience.

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.