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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 require us to develop more efficient ways of meeting our needs. The next generation of chemists and chemical engineers will address 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 optical, polymer and semiconductor materials.

College faculty members and students regularly participate in multidisciplinary collaborations with researchers from other campus units as well as other 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

According to US News & World Report, the College of Chemistry is at the top of its class. The 2014 rankings placed the College of Chemistry in first place, tied with Caltech and MIT, followed by Harvard and Stanford. Berkeley is rated the best public university in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

US News & World Report Rankings
RANK SCHOOL NAME SCORE
#1 California Institute of Technology 5.0
#1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5.0
#1 University of California, Berkeley 5.0
#4 Harvard University 4.9
#4 Stanford University 4.9
#6 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 4.7

The College's Nobel Laureates

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

FACULTY

ALUMNI

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

CBE Faculty
Full Professors* 16
Associate Professors 1
Assistant Professors 4
Adjunct Professors 2
Lecturers 8
Chemistry Faculty
Full Professors* 49
Associate Professors 2
Assistant Professors 9
Adjunct Professors 1
Lecturers 6
Honors Held by Current Faculty**
National Medals of Science 4
National Academy of Engineering 10
National Academy of Sciences 30
American Academy of Arts & Sciences 35
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, 2013-2014
 
CHEMISTRY
CHEM E.
CHEM BIO
Undergraduates
173
457
253
Graduates
409
141
Postdocs
151
35
Degrees Awarded, 2013-2014
 
CHEMISTRY
CHEM E.
CHEM BIO
Bachelor of Science
41
132
59
Bachelor of Arts
9
Master of Science
11
23
Doctor of Philosophy
75
22

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

GRADUATE DEGREES

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A Focus on Students

ENHANCING THE UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE
The college is transforming our undergraduate lab curriculum in tandem with renovating our undergraduate teaching labs to reflect 21st-century challenges and opportunities. Our new curriculum highlights safety, sustainability and modern laboratory practices, using evidence-based, innovative methods. Concurrently, we are expanding opportunities for hands-on research in faculty labs. We are improving the capacity, quality, diversity and social responsibility of our chemical sciences instruction while revitalizing our students’ educational environment.

BUILDING COMMUNITY
We are strengthening community at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In June 2014, we opened a beautiful advising center to provide confidential and expert academic guidance to our undergraduate majors. Our new Teacher-Scholars program, which partners undergraduates with Graduate Student Instructor mentors in the labs, has received an enthusiastic reception. Active student committees in chemistry and in chemical and biomolecular engineering promote community, and our Student Enhancement Fund supports events every fall and spring to celebrate our students.

PREPARING FOR LIFE AND CAREER
The College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley is proud to offer an expanding scope of education in chemistry, chemical biology, and chemical and biomolecular engi- neering, including a suite of courses related to energy, as well as a degree program in product development. We seek to fundamentally engage our students. By providing up-to-date laboratory and instruction experiences in a supportive environment, we prepare our students for entry into the world to pursue successful STEM careers and to become scientifically literate, contributing members of our society.

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 (providing only 13 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 20012-2013 (in millions)
Individuals
$3.41 (58%)
Private foundations/non-profit organizations
$1.38 (23%)
Corporations/corporate foundations
$1.09 (19%)
Total
$5.88

Allocation of Private Funds 20012-2013 (in millions)
  OPERATING ENDOWMENT
Research $1.91 (39%) $.10 (1%)
Chairs/Professorships
 
$.02 (2%)
Student Support $0.61 (12%) $0.92 (95%)
Unrestricted $1.31 (27%) $0.02 (2%)
Capital $1.08 (22%)
Subtotal $4.91 (100%) $.97 (100%)
Total (operating & endowment)
$5.88 

FUNDING PRIORITIES

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Mindy Rex
Assistant Dean, College Relations and Development
510-642-9506
rex@berkeley.edu

College of Chemistry
420 Latimer Hall #1460
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1460

College of Chemistry Telephone Numbers

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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
David E. Wemmer

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