UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources

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Coordinates: 37°52′21″N 122°15′52″W / 37.872637°N 122.264502°W / 37.872637; -122.264502

University of California, Berkeley College of Natural Resources
Established 1974[1]
Type Public Professional School
Dean J. Keith Gilless [2]
Location Berkeley, California, U.S.
Website www.cnr.berkeley.edu

The College of Natural Resources (CNR) is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. CNR is the self-proclaimed college of "human welfare and the environment." It has four departments: Agricultural and Resource Economics, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM), Nutritional Science & Toxicology, and Plant and Microbial Biology. The departments teach on both the undergraduate and graduate level, conferring a wide range of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. CNR is also home to a variety of research centers and facilities conducting inquiries into topics relevant to the four departments.

The college traces its history back to 1868 when the University established its College of Agriculture under the Morrill Act. The College's forestry program began in 1914, which studied forests and wildlands, and the resources and services they provide. In 1974, the college merged with departments studying other biological, environmental, and food sciences to form the College of Natural Resources.[1]


  • Agricultural and Resource Economics focuses on sustainable agriculture policy, developing nations' use and misuse of land, macro- and microeconomic consequences of trade freedoms, among other topics. The faculty is about thirty strong. ARE offers one undergraduate major, Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP). Since 2010, EEP has been considered as a capped major with a competitive acceptance rate. It also offers a doctorate in Agricultural and Resource Economics.
  • Environmental Science, Policy & Management is CNR's largest department. It comprises three divisions: Ecosystems Sciences, Organisms and Environment, and Society and Environment. Topics of research in ESPM include climate-change related sciences, conservation biology, insect biology, and the human relationship to the environment. It offers four undergraduate programs: Molecular Environmental Biology, Forestry and Natural Resources, Conservation and Resource Studies, and Society and Environment.
  • Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology is involved with research the positive and negative effects of human consumption. The department offers bachelor's degrees in Physiology and Metabolism, Dietetics and Molecular Toxicology. It also offers a doctorate in Molecular and Biochemical Nutrition and Molecular Toxicology.
  • Plant and Microbial Biology houses research regarding gene expression and how microbes behave. It offers degrees in Genetics and Plant Biology and Microbial Biology.
  • Energy and Resources Group is an interdisciplinary research space for analyzing global energy and resource issues and the underlying social causes of our energy and environmental problems.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mission and History - University of California, Berkeley College of Natural Resources
  2. UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources. "Dean's Office Staff". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 

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