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. 

College of Natural and Social Sciences
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Dean's Welcome

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Dean René Vellanoweth

Welcome to the College of Natural and Social Sciences, home to 12 departments and programs. As we embark on another exciting year of academic excellence at Cal State LA, it's my privilege to lead the college.


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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. 


May your future be filled with endless opportunities, growth, and the fulfillment of your wildest dreams.

Urban Ecology Center

The mission of the Urban Ecology Center (UEC), housed within Cal State LA’s College of Natural and Social Sciences (NSS), is to support the advancement of transdisciplinary research, education, and professional development with a focus on sustainable, equitable, and fair economic drivers, land use practices, and public policies.

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Department of History Receives 2022 Institutional Equity Award

The American Historical Association has awarded the 2022 Institutional Equity Award to the Cal State LA Department of History.


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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.


2022-23 CSU COAST Undergraduate Research Support Program Award Winners

2022-23 CSU COAST Undergraduate Research Support Program Award Winners

The California State University's Council on Ocean Affairs Science and Technology Council on Ocean Affairs Science and Technology (COAST) Undergraduate Research Support Program Cal State LA award winners.

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In Memoriam- Remembering Dr. P. K. Subramanian

With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of Dr. P. K. Subramanian, a distinguished mathematician and educator.

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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. 

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.