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Our chemistry faculty and students study everything from how HIV targets cells to improving solar cell efficiencies.
The EXCEL! Program has a new website dedicated to providing students with information on services and programs available on-campus.
New Dean Named for the School of Natural Sciences
Dr. Elizabeth Dumont named new dean of the School of Natural Sciences starting August 1, 2017.
Evolution is the process by which an organism because more fit for its environment. Often overlooked is how genes evolve over time to make smaller changes to increase the fitness of an organism. The Weinreich lab uses antibiotic resistance genes to study how a gene can evolve in bacteria to give rise to increased resistance.
Our environmental systems scientists strive to develop a better understanding of our planet to improve its function and sustainability.

Featured News

Elizabeth (Betsy) Dumont
June 30, 2017
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Tom Peterson announced on Monday the appointment of Elizabeth (Betsy) Dumont as the third Dean of the School of Natural Sciences at UC Merced effective August 1, 2017. Dr. Dumont is currently the Vice Provost for...
Beginnings Statue
June 28, 2017
We would like to welcome three new senate faculty that will be joining the UC Merced and the School of Natural Science faculty on July 1, 2017.  Son Nguyen joins the Chemistry & Chemical Biology unit as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Nguyen comes...
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...

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.