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UC Merced Takes Another Giant Leap in U.S. News Rankings
UC Merced is ranked No. 1 in the nation for student outcomes, including No. 1 in outperforming expected graduation rates, and No. 7 overall for social mobility.
The Missing Marine Invertebrates
The Dawson lab travels from California to Palau to study why sea stars and jellyfish are disappearing.
UC Solar Awarded $1.1M Grant to Build Solar-Powered Water Purification Systems
UC Solar received a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to develop solar-thermal desalination technologies that reduce the cost of creating...
Campus Lands $1M Howard Hughes Grant to Make STEM More Inclusive
UC Merced’s efforts to make science education more inclusive were recently given a huge boost after the campus was awarded its first Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant, an...
Merced River Helps Explain How Soils Capture and Store Planet-Warming Carbon
Just miles from campus, the Merced River’s multimillion-year-old soildeposits are helping Prof. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe figure out how soil stores more planet-warming carbon than the atmosphere...
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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.