College Facts

UC Berkeley College of Chemistry

Mission

The College of Chemistry advances society through education and research.

We honor that mission by educating students who become world class scientists, researchers, and educators and entrepreneurs.

Departments

The departments of Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering provide outstanding coursework and research opportunities to our undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral researchers.

Chemistry has consistently produced leaders in analytical, inorganic, organic, nuclear, physical and theoretical chemistry. We now lead exploration at the frontiers of knowledge in the areas of biophysical, materials, and atmospheric chemistry, as well as the burgeoning fields of chemical biology and nanoscience.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) houses premier research programs in molecular thermodynamics, heterogeneous catalysis, electrochemical engineering, biochemical engineering, and separation processes. CBE faculty are research pioneers in the growing fields of synthetic biology, nanotechnology, theoretical chemistry, and the development of polymeric, optical, and semiconductor materials.


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Student Programs

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
  • Joint major in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Joint major in Chemical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering

GRADUATE DEGREES

  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Professional Masters in Bioprocess Engineering
  • Professional Masters in Product Development
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering

POSTDOCTORAL

Postdoctoral appointments are temporary, allowing individuals a unique opportunity to conduct advanced scientific research under the guidance of world class faculty.

ONLINE DEGREES

  • Master of Molecular Science and Software Engineering

DEGREE INFORMATION

Information about all programs available online here.

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College Life

The college complex is a small city unto itself — six research buildings 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. 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 (LBL). Particle accelerators, high-energy X-ray light sources and more are a short distance away. Together with LBL, the U.S. 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.

STARTUP CULTURE

UC Berkeley hosts a vibrant series of incubators and venture funds geared toward the University’s support of students and faculty in their efforts to start new companies. The Berkeley Catalyst Fund was started several years ago by College alumni to focus on early stage funding of faculty and student startups in the College of Chemistry.

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UNDERGRADUATE SUPPORT

  • Undergraduate advisors provide expert and confidential academic guidance.
  • Our career counseling program is aimed at helping students with their post academic planning.
  • Peer tutors provide coaching for chemistry and CBE courses in our newly built Peer Tutoring Center.

Faculty

Chemistry Professors


 4

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Professors


 8

Students

Enrollment by Major (Spring 2020)

CHEMISTRY
CHEM E.
CHEM BIO
Undergraduates
226
539
216
Graduates
408
108
Postdocs
90
25

Degrees Awarded (Spring 2020)

CHEMISTRY
CHEM E.
CHEM BIO
Bachelor of Science
82
159
58
Bachelor of Arts
11
Master of Science
8
37
Doctor of Philosophy
87
20

UNDERGRADUATE Population


42% Female | 57% Male | 1% Decline to State


Undergraduate population spring 2020

The College's Nobel Laureates

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)
2018 Frances Arnold (Ph.D. '85)

College Leadership 2019
College leadership: (l to r) Richmond Sarpong, Exec. Assoc. Dean; Jeffrey Reimer, Chair CBE; Douglas Clark, Dean; Matthew Francis, Chair Chemistry; and John Arnold, Undergraduate Dean

Faculty Honors

National Medals of Science: 11
National Academy of Engineering: 12
National Academy of Sciences: 37
American Academy of Arts & Sciences: 32
Distinguished Teaching Awards: 12

Number of countries our faculty are from: 21

Faculty Honors 2020-2021

WHERE DO OUR GRADUATES GO?

Everywhere! The College has over 15,000 alumni that reside in over 50 countries throughout the world. They
work at universities, national laboratories, corporations, government agencies, non-profit foundations, and exciting startups. They carry with them the deep scientific understanding and advanced skills needed to be leaders.

PARTNERS WITH INDUSTRY

The College of Chemistry welcomes opportunities to collaborate with corporate partners. Today's forward- thinking companies invest in public education to ensure that our society continues to produce the talent of tomorrow. We gratefully acknowledge your donations.

We Need Your Help

Private support is crucial to enable the College to fulfill its public mission. We are deeply grateful to all our donors for your ongoing philanthropy and thank you for your generosity allowing us to educate our remarkable students.

COLLEGE FUNDING PRIORITIES

  • Capital projects and facility improvements
  • Graduate fellowships
  • Undergraduate student experience
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion

For giving information contact:

Laurent "Lo" de Janvry, Assistant Dean
College Relations and Development
ldejanvry@berkeley.edu | (510) 643-9351

Student in lab

College of Chemistry Facts Brochure cover 2020-2021