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College of Natural and Social Sciences

The College of Natural and Social Sciences is the largest college at Cal State LA with over 150 outstanding and dedicated faculty who have won more Statewide Outstanding Professor Awards than faculty in any other academic unit in the California State University system. The college is committed to programs of academic excellence in the fields of natural and social sciences that provide access and opportunity for a uniquely diverse student body. 

Dean's Welcome

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Dean René Vellanoweth

Welcome to the College of Natural and Social Sciences which houses 12 departments and programs. It is my honor to lead the college over this year of transition, as we gradually begin to repopulate campus over the coming months. 


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NSS professors Choi Chatterjee and Krishna Foster were recognized for their outstanding achievements and excellence in teaching. Chatterjee received the President's Distinguished Professor Award and Foster received an Outstanding Professor Award.


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NSS Degree Programs

The College of Natural and Social Sciences provides innovative degree programs leading to baccalaureate and master's degrees in an environment that encourages intentional learning and collaborative research. 


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Need help with degree planning and progression, graduation check, exploring or declaring a major, or other academic concerns? The NSS Advisement Center team is here to help. 


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Student Highlight

NSS congratulates Charmaine Chui who at 16 years old, graduated with a dual degree in psychology and criminal justice with summa cum laude honors. 

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Introducing the LEEAF Program

Cal State LA received a $1M grant from Wells Fargo to launch a program supporting students to learn more about entrepreneurship and communities recover from the effects of the pandemic. 

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Stay up to date with NSS

Read more on the accomplishments of faculty, staff, and students in the latest edition of Impact, a report from the College of Natural and Social Sciences.

Alumni Spotlight

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Alma Rosa Nieto

Alumnus Alma Rosa Nieto understands the importance of representation and role models and aims to be a source of inspiration to current Cal State LA students.


The objective of the M.A. degree in anthropology is to prepare students for professional-level employment in industry and government, teaching positions in community colleges, or advanced study towards a Ph.D. degree.


College of Natural and Social Sciences
Rosser Hall 223
323-343-2000 | [email protected]