See the Bigger Picture. Make a Better World. 

David Ackerly standing in a forest

Image by Mathew Burciaga

By choosing to pursue a degree within the Rausser College of Natural Resources, students find that small-college feel that gives them a sense of home within this big place. Undergraduates will get to know people in their major and throughout Rausser College, work with their advisor to stay on track academically, and enjoy special programs supported by our generous alumni base.

Graduate students will work closely with our world-renowned faculty in one of five academic units that offer a diversity of opportunities, from plant biology to ecological systems, from energy to public policy and agricultural economics, and nutrition to human systems—at both the metabolic and social levels.

With all our diversity, we have one thing in common, and it lives at the core of our identity as the founding college of the University of California: our work crosses the bounds of narrow academic disciplines to understand and address societal and environmental problems. Or as we like to say: We see the bigger picture to make a better world.

The Dean's Office is dedicated to sustaining this core identity for students—both current and future—and to making sure the Rausser College of Natural Resources continues as one of the leading colleges of its kind in the world.

We welcome your ideas and questions at

Dean David Ackerly