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The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) is dedicated to student-driven, inquiry-based laboratory and classroom experiences.
The world-class research at CNS informs our teaching and student mentoring, and is the backbone of the high-quality educational experience that’s possible only at a research-intensive university. Our undergraduates are encouraged to do independent research in faculty labs and they are high achievers—36 percent of CNS students make the Dean’s List, and 33 percent of CNS seniors graduate with honors. The college has numerous award-winning instructors as well; half of all UMass Distinguished Teaching Awards go to CNS faculty.
of CNS seniors graduate with honors
of CNS students make the Dean’s List
Explore our Programs
Prepare for a successful career in veterinary and human health, animal biotechnology, and production agriculture.
Care for the earth as a “tree physician” and prepare for a wide range of careers in tree care and urban forestry.
Study the planets, moon, stars, galaxies, even the origin of the universe itself, with flexible undergraduate and graduate astronomy programs.
Examine biological processes from physical, chemical, and genetic perspectives to better understand how biochemical reactions are integrated and regulated.
Through rigorous courses and hands-on research and fieldwork, learn how to study and understand more about the diversity of living things.
Explore research opportunities in analytical, organic and inorganic materials, and nanomaterials, as well as theoretical and computational chemistry.
Obtain a scientific understanding of the Earth’s systems on a global scale.
Transform the way we interact with the Earth through study in conservation biology, environmental policy, sustainable building systems, and more.
Explore sustainable solutions to some of the planet’s most pressing issues through the interdisciplinary study of both scientific and socioeconomic factors.
A highly interdisciplinary field focused on providing nutritious, safe, and wholesome food for populations around the world.
Choose from a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs exploring the complex relationships between the world’s people and places.
Seek to understand the systems and forces constantly at work on our planet in your preparation for a career addressing important global challenges.
Learn about the science and management techniques involved in the art of growing flowers, ornamental plants, fruits, and vegetables.
An applied program where students learn about plant health care, design, installation, and project management.
Explore the challenging field of mathematics and statistics, building the bridge between experimental observation and scientific theory.
Study viruses, bacteria, and the immune system to find advancements and improvements in human health.
The graduate program in molecular and cellular biology is ideal if you are seeking advanced interdisciplinary training with more flexibility than other degrees.
This graduate program brings together faculty members from various departments to provide exciting, cutting-edge research training.
The OEB graduate program provides interdepartmental training for MS and PhD students in ecology, animal behavior, organismal biology and evolutionary biology.
Examine matter, energy, and interactions at the fundamental level to understand the applied and theoretical influences at work in our world.
Train in biology and laboratory methods to focus your studies on plant science and applied biology.
The Plant Biology graduate program provides students the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research on plants from the microscopic to landscape level.
Defining the frontiers of polymers and soft materials through research, scholarship, and community.
Prepare for the academic rigor of medical or dental school.
Research the species relevant to traditional veterinary science programs to understand the basic processes that regulate animal and human health.
Learn to think scientifically about behavior, mental processes, and underlying mechanisms.
Gain a foundational scientific background for a variety of careers.
Learn about building design, building science and technology, project management, and sustainable business practices.
Prepare for a career growing and marketing food, farm-based educational systems, food advocacy, community development, and public policy.
Turn your passion for the outdoors into a career focused on the production and maintenance of grassed areas.
Prepare for a career as a veterinary technologist in veterinary medicine or biomedical research.