Discovery Program for Transfer Students

New Discovery Learning Course for Incoming Transfer Students

Offered Beginning in Fall 2022

Beginning in Fall 2022, the College of Chemistry (CoC) will offer a new one-credit, seminar-style course exclusively for incoming transfer students, Chem 102: Foundations of Discovery Learning for College of Chemistry Transfer Students.

Students who enroll in this course will be guided to develop and engage in discovery learning experiences, such as undergraduate research, industrial internships, K-12 educational outreach, or STEM entrepreneurial pursuits. These experiences help link chemistry content to real-world situations and push students to engage in high levels of thinking.

This course is also designed to assist students with their transition into the CoC through:

  • discussions around best learning and study practices, stress management, CoC coursework, and careers
  • interactions with the CoC community, including personalized mentorship from transfer peers, graduate students, and faculty

Students will continue to receive mentorship and support from the course instructor during the spring semester following their completion of Chem 102.

New Discovery Course for Transfer Students

Incoming transfer students are encouraged to enroll in Chem 102 this fall!

Current Programs for Transfer Students

Current transfer students are advised to join either the Transfer Student Mentorship Program, which pairs transfer students with graduate student mentors who help guide them toward research experiences within the CoC, or the Chemistry Alumi Mentorship Program, which pairs transfer students with College of Chemistry alumni mentors.

The College of Chemistry Transfer Student Mentorship Program (CoC TSMP)

The Transfer Student Mentorship Program (TSMP) is a program founded by CoC graduate students to facilitate the transition of transfer students to the CoC. At the heart of this program lies one-on-one mentorship between transfer students and current chemistry graduate students. Through this mentorship, your mentor can help answer questions such as:

  • How do I apply for a position in a research lab?
  • What does a career in chemical research entail, and how do I know if it’s right for me?
  • What is it like studying chemistry in a PhD program, and how can I best prepare now?

Additionally, this program hosts 6 meetings throughout the semester covering these topics and more in further detail. These meetings are informal and designed to encourage community building between the incoming transfer student, senior transfer student, and graduate student classes. 

Learn more at the TSMP website >>

The Chemistry Alumni Mentorship Program (C.A.M.P.)

The Chemistry Alumni Mentorship Program (C.A.M.P.) is a new initiative that provides alumni mentorship to current CoC transfer students who are interested in pursuing a career in industries such as biotech, pharmaceutical, energy, consulting, legal, and marketing. This program pairs Berkeley CoC alumni with students who request mentorship on a variety of issues including:

  • How to take advantage of classes at Berkeley
  • How to network
  • How to start career exploration
  • How to secure an internship or research opportunity
  • How to succeed in a first job
  • Students meet 1:1 with their mentors about once per month and are also invited to career workshops such as: resume reviews, interview prep, and employer challenges.

For more information on the C.A.M.P. Program, contact  Bridget Belcher, C.A.M.P. Administrator, at:

Chemistry Alumni Mentorship Program