University of California, 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
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Established 1974[1]
Type Public Professional School
Dean J. Keith Gilless [2]
Location Berkeley, California, USA

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.


  • 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. 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.


  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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