College of Natural and Social Sciences
The College of Natural and Social Sciences (NSS) 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 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.
College of Natural and Social Sciences News
Cal State LA and LECO Corporation collaborate to launch cutting-edge chemical analysis lab
Cal State LA and LECO Corporation, a laboratory equipment company, recently joined forces to launch the LECO Complex Chemical Compositional Analysis Lab.
In Memoriam- Remembering Anthony Fratiello
With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of Anthony Fratiello, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry.
In loving memory, the family respectfully asks for gifts to the Anthony Fratiello Endowed Scholarship, a meaningful tribute reflecting his values and legacy, in lieu of flowers.
2024 Cal State LA - MolSSI Computational Molecular Science Workshop
On Jan. 8 - 12, 2024 the PREC program at Cal State LA is hosting a Computational Molecular Sciences workshop for early-stage undergraduate and community college students from diverse academic backgrounds with limited experience in the fields of chemistry, computer science, physics, and biology.
The application deadline is December 1st, but space is limited and it will likely fill quickly.
Cal State LA receives grant to boost opportunities for students to engage in clean energy research
Cal State LA has received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to provide more research and training opportunities in STEM fields for students while addressing important energy and climate challenges.
NSF REU Applications Open December 1, 2023
Our REU site at Cal State LA aims to attract motivated, diverse students to investigate urban hydrological problems in Southern California through a nested series of events during a 10-week summer REU experience. Component activities include research activities, training activities, mentoring activities, social activities, and post-REU activities. A four day field activity at various hydrological sites is included in the summer program.
USDA REEU Applications Open December, 1 2023
Our USDA REEU SITE at Cal State LA aims to attract motivated, diverse students to investigate urban natural resources and urban agriculture issues and problems through a nested series of events during a 9-week summer REEU experience. Component activities include research activities, training activities, mentoring activities, social activities, and post-REEU activities. A four day field activity in a California river basin is included for all REEU students.
Cal State LA honors outstanding faculty at University Convocation 2023
Three Cal State LA NSS faculty members were recognized for excellence in teaching and outstanding achievements during University Convocation 2023.
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.
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.