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The College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley

The mission of UC Berkeley’s College of Chemistry is to advance society through education and research. The world is changing, and the chemical sciences must change with it — resource scarcity, climate change and population growth are forcing us to develop more efficient ways of meeting our needs. The next generation of chemists and chemical engineers will confront these issues every day in their work.

In the college, our goal is to give our students the scientific understanding and technical skills they will need for these tasks. The college’s two branches, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) and the Department of Chemistry, maintain a balanced approach that emphasizes both fundamental and applied studies.

Since 1872, the Department of Chemistry has produced many highly regarded leaders in the traditional fields of analytical, inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry. The faculty also explores the frontiers of knowledge in diverse areas like biophysical, nuclear, materials and atmospheric chemistry; and in the burgeoning fields of chemical biology and nanoscience.

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, founded in 1946, has established leading research programs in thermodynamics, surface catalysis, electrochemical modeling and separation processes. The faculty conducts promising research in biochemical engineering, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and the development of polymer, optical and semiconductor materials.

College faculty members and students frequently participate in multidisciplinary collaborations with researchers from other Berkeley departments, universities, national laboratories and private industry. The remarkable breadth and depth of resources available to College of Chemistry students equips them with an intellectual mastery of the latest and most powerful scientific and engineering tools.

Academic Excellence

UC Berkeley is rated the top public university in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Our chemistry graduate program was ranked first place overall in the National Research Council's most recent national rankings, and US News & World Report ranked our CBE graduate program in second place.

CHEMISTRY CBE
1. Berkeley 1. MIT
2. Harvard 2. Berkeley
3. U. of Illinois 3. U. of Wisconsin
4. Caltech 4. U of Texas
5. MIT 4. U. of Minnesota

The College's Nobel Laureates

College faculty and alumni have been awarded thirteen Nobel Prizes in Chemistry.

FACULTY  
1949 William F. Giauque (B.S.'20, Ph.D. '22)
1951 Glenn T. Seaborg (Ph.D.'37)
1961 Melvin Calvin
1986 Yuan T. Lee (Ph.D.'65)
   
ALUMNI  
1934 Harold C. Urey (Ph.D.'23)
1960 Willard F. Libby (B.S.'31, Ph.D.'33)
1973 Geoffrey Wilkinson (Postdoc '50)
1983 Henry Taube (B.S.'35, Ph.D.'40)
1989 Thomas Cech (Ph.D.'75)
1995 Mario Molina (Ph.D.'72)
1996 Robert F. Curl, Jr. (Ph.D.'57)
1999 Ahmed Zewail (Postdoc'74)
2002 Kurt Wüthrich (Postdoc '67)


Plaques honoring the college's Nobel Laureates are on display in the lobby of Latimer Hall.
Plaques honoring the college's Nobel Laureates are on display in the lobby of Latimer Hall.

Faculty

CHEMICAL & BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING

Full Professors* 17
Associate Professors 1
Assistant Professors 4
Adjunct Professors 2
Lecturers 3

CHEMISTRY

Full Professors* 53
Associate Professors 2
Assistant Professors 9
Adjunct Professors 1
Lecturers 5

HONORS HELD BY CURRENT FACULTY**

National Medals of Science 3
National Academy of Engineering 10
National Academy of Sciences 28
American Academy of Arts & Sciences 33
Distinguished Teaching Awards 9

*includes Professors of the Graduate School
**includes emeriti professors

College Life

The college complex is a small city unto itself — six buildings that operate 24 hours a day. Undergraduates hurry between teaching labs and classrooms. Grad students and postdocs drop in at the NMR, spectroscopy and crystallography facilities. Skilled glassblowers, machinists and electricians refine equipment for labs. Faculty members consult with their lab groups and monitor experiments. Nearby, college researchers have access to numerous specialized labs on campus and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Particle accelerators, high-energy x-ray light sources and a nanoscale research and fabrication center are a short distance away.

Together with LBNL, the Department of Energy and private sector partners, the college has helped create the world’s most advanced cluster of research centers on biofuels and artificial photosynthesis, providing even more research and employment opportunities for our students.

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Students

MAJORS, 2012-2013

 
CHEMISTRY
CHEM E.
CHEM BIO
Undergraduates
156
412
247
Graduates
389
137
Postdocs
157
30

DEGREES AWARDED, 2012-2013

 
CHEMISTRY
CHEM E.
CHEM BIO
Bachelor of Science
43
90
59
Bachelor of Arts
6
Master of Science
7
10
Doctor of Philosophy
68
24

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

GRADUATE DEGREES

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College Initiatives

ENHANCING THE UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE
In tandem with the physical renovation of our undergraduate teaching laboratories, the college is updating our undergraduate curriculum to reflect 21st century challenges and opportunities. Our new undergraduate laboratory curriculum highlights safety and sustainability.

We are proud to offer an expanding scope of chemical engineering, chemical biology and chemistry education, including a suite of courses related to energy as well as a program in executive education in sustainability. We are ensuring that the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley provides cutting-edge learning that captivates students and fully educates them to pursue successful professions in the chemical, chemical engineering and biomedical sciences.

BERKELEY CENTER FOR GREEN CHEMISTRY (BCGC)
Entering its fourth year, BCGC is leading a novel, cross­ disciplinary effort to advance green chemistry through collaborative scholarship. BCGC consists of faculty, researchers and students in the College of Chemistry and other schools and colleges at UC Berkeley.

eCHEM PROJECT
The college has developed an exciting online course that enables undergraduates to study general chemistry in an energizing, interactive and flexible online format. The course fully covers the content of Berkeley’s 3-unit introductory chemistry course for non­majors, Chem 1A.

Partnering with Industry

Industry plays an ever-increasing role in support of public universities, and the College of Chemistry welcomes opportunities for partnership.We know that forward-thinking companies invest in education to ensure that public universities will continue to produce the talent of tomorrow, and we value collaborative relationships with corporate and organization funders.Corporate partners give their support through unrestricted college or departmental gifts, fellowships, scholarships, named lectures and programs. Additionally, corporate ties are reinforced through student recruiting and contract and grant sponsorship of research groups..

Private Support

In this new era of reduced state funding (now at only 11 percent of UC's operating expenses), Berkeley relies on private support to fulfill its public mission. The college is deeply grateful to its donors for their ongoing generosity.

SOURCES OF PRIVATE FUNDS
20011-2012 (in millions)

Individuals
$2.65 (31%)
Private foundations/non-profit organizations
$1.37 (16%)
Corporations/corporate foundations
$4.53 (53%)
Total
$8.55

ALLOCATION OF PRIVATE FUNDS
2011-2012 (in millions)

  OPERATING ENDOWMENT
Research $2.43 (32%) $0.10 (10%)
Chairs/Professorships
 
$1.03 (3%)
Student Support $0.33 (5%) $0.87 (81%)
Unrestricted $2.20 (29%) $0.06 (6%)
Capital $2.53 (34%)
Subtotal $7.49 (100%) $1.06 (100%)
Total (operating & endowment)
$8.55 

FUNDING PRIORITIES

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rex@berkeley.edu

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University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1460

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Dean and Department Chairs
Dean
Douglas S. Clark

Chair, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Jeffrey A. Reimer

Chair, Department of Chemistry
Daniel M. Neumark

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