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College of Natural and Social Sciences

  • Image of a student in a blue lab coat presenting a model of an atom to a group of fellow students.
  • Image of the side profile of a student in a while lab coat and blue gloves using a lab instrument.
  • Image of a female student looking directly into the camera as she holds a copy of Archaeology Magazine in a classroom.

The College of Natural and Social Sciences is committed to programs of academic excellence that provide access and opportunity for our uniquely diverse student body. The College boasts 15 academic departments and programs that serve nearly 5,500 undergraduates and over 500 graduate students.

The mission of the college is to be agents of change, promising to serve and transform Greater Los Angeles and the global society through innovative and intentional learning environments, socially conscious and equity-minded civic engagement, and impactful (inter)disciplinary research.

The College of Natural and Social Sciences relies on the generosity of our alumni and friends to enhance the educational experience our students receive.  By supporting the college, you help us implement our strategic priorities (link embedded) described below:

  1. Intentional learning environments: Create an accessible and welcoming student-centered learning environment that cultivates professional growth, career readiness, and global leaders
  2. Socially conscious and equity-minded civic engagement: Cultivate an environment that integrates and values civic engagement
  3. Impactful (inter)disciplinary research: Create academic distinction in key research areas that establishes NSS as a source of expertise


René Vellanoweth, Ph. D. 
Dean, College of Natural and Social Sciences
(323) 343-2000
[email protected]

Robert Y. Avalos
Vice President for University Advancement,
Executive Director of the Cal State LA Foundation
(323) 343-3060
[email protected]