Friday, September 13, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST
On Saturday at 12:15pm, registration tables will be on Latimer Hall Plaza directly south of Latimer Hall to pick up your name badges and programs. Please allow time to register and collect your name tag and program.
If you are hearing- or vision-impaired, need on-campus transport assistance, or require any ADA special assistance, please email email@example.com before Friday, September 13, and we will be happy to assist you.
We recommend parking in the Maxwell Field Garage located directly North of Memorial Stadium. The cost is $4 per hour. Street parking in the neighborhood surrounding Berkeley Chemistry is controlled by parking restrictions (e.g., two-hour limits). If you park in the City of Berkeley, please check carefully for posted parking restrictions. Most parking meters now take both coins and credit cards.
On Saturday night, there is a concert at the Greek Theatre, which will impact the amount of parking spaces that are available later in the day. The start time for the concert is 7:30 PM, and we expect parking to start to fill up after 5:00 pm. The concert will not impact those leaving at the end of the event, but it is important to be mindful of the extra traffic and potentially higher parking rates. Here is a list of parking lots near campus and a map of nearby parking structures.
Business casual is recommended for Saturday’s events and activities.
There are several hotels on/close to campus that offer UC Berkeley rates. Hotel rates and availability are subject to change and may become unavailable closer to ChemX weekend. Call hotels for current rates. Area hotels include:
Berkeley City Club
Ask for the UC Berkeley discount
The Claremont Hotel
No discount available
Doubletree Berkeley Marina
Ask for UC Berkeley discount
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
No discount available
The Molecular Science and Software Engineering (MSSE) program is designed to formally train students in computational science and data science and to provide them with the tools to develop best software engineering practices along with the leadership and management skills needed to lead large software enterprises.
The MSSE Professional Master’s degree is the first truly interdisciplinary Master’s program at UC Berkeley. It offers in-demand skills that allow its graduates to easily fit in a multidisciplinary team. Skills such as software engineering practices, leadership and management, molecular modeling and machine learning are not only taught by UC Berkeley professors and researchers but also, they are applied to real-world projects from industry and government labs through capstone projects. The degree utilizes the immense strengths of multiple departments, colleges, and institutes. In our first course offerings for the MSSE program we have worked with the departments of Chemistry, Statistics, and Computer Science, as well as the Fung Institute. While these departments offer individual computational and software courses in the component areas of their target constituency, these courses have not been integrated into a coherent academic program and furthermore do not address training in business analytics or project management.
Workforce readiness in the development and use of software and high end computing infrastructure is seen as a limiting factor in addressing what will certainly be even more complex grand challenge science problems as well as societal issues of the future. Standard MS degrees do not tackle these highly multidisciplinary and technological demands.
There has been a paradigm shift that the computational sciences disciplines, broadly defined, would be better served through the training of a Professional Master's in computational “technology” that can integrate these individuals into software related industries with a well-defined reward and promotion structure. Such professional training may overcome one of the primary challenges of defining a career track for a computational “generalist” who can move smoothly into and out of the related science domains of molecular simulation, quantum chemistry, condensed matter physics, computational materials, etc as needs arise for their expertise, and have those contributions integrated into a degree-granting home that recognizes their value.
It also addresses a vacuum in management and leadership in the simulation software sciences that have a rich ecosystem of code bases and users that intersect with literally thousands of institutions and industries world-wide, thereby making software project management a growing issue.
A Master of Molecular Science and Software Engineering
Candidates are required to provide evidence of the following to be considered for the program:
- B.A. or B.S. in a physical science or engineering discipline from an accredited institution.
- Transcript from every post-secondary school ever attended.
- GRE Scores.
- Prior coursework in linear algebra and multivariable calculus, and chemistry, materials, or physics.
- Prior exposure to programming methodology.
- Minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.
- Minimum TOEFL score of at least 90 for the Internet-based test (IBT) or 570 for the paper-based format (PBT) or at least a 7 on a 9-point scale for the IELTS, as appropriate.
There are no preferences granted to students who meet the eligibility requirements for consideration. The MSSE program seeks to admit a diverse student pool, which should be reflected through the comprehensiveness of the application materials and in particular the statement of purpose and outside activities.
The Molecular Science and Software Engineering (MSSE) online part-time professional Master's Degree program focuses on providing its students with specialized knowledge and the ability to apply such knowledge in the areas of software engineering, high-performance computing (HPC), molecular science, big data analytics, and entrepreneurship. The Department of Chemistry at UC Berkeley does not currently offer any combined BS/MS degree. The MSSE is the only master’s degree it accepts students into.
Check out the MSSE curriculum plan for a detailed list of courses.
Standing at the intersection of computational science, data science, management, and software engineering, MSSE is a unique program that provides critical thinkers with the practical skills needed to develop sophisticated computational models to solve large-scale challenges. You can review the MSSE Course Curriculum plan to learn more about the course offerings, units per course and timeline for the 2-year part time program.
With the exception of the Leadership bootcamps all other MSSE courses will be offered online.
Will there be concurrent classes taught on the Berkeley campus? Can MSSE students attend those classes?
With the exception of the Leadership Boot camps, all other MSSE courses will be offered online.
You can review the MSSE curriculum plan for more details on the courses offered.
The Berkeley Molecular Science and Software Engineering (MSSE) program application opens on September 3, 2019 for Fall 2020 enrollment. The deadline to apply is on Saturday, January 13, 2020. Remember to follow the Graduate Divisions instructions for submitting your letters of recommendation, GRE (and TOEFL, if required) scores and other supplemental materials.
No, work experience is not required.
The MSSE program is currently approved to admit students in the Fall of each year. There may be opportunities in the future to offer students greater enrollment and completion flexibility.
Most certainly. The online nature of the Molecular Science and Software Engineering (MSSE) program especially accommodates international students since the coursework is predominantly asynchronous. In the case there are synchronous discussions or other activities, the program will provide options to accommodate the time differences. Also, there will be two leadership/entrepreneurship boot camps that will be taught on campus: one at the beginning of the program (August 2020) and another at the end of the program (May 2022). These boot camps last 2 weeks.
You can review the MSSE curriculum plan to see a list of courses over the 2-year part-time program.
The MSSE Program is committed to providing financial access to a quality education. Applicants must complete the "need-based grant application" section of the admissions application to be considered for a need-based award. All admitted applicants are automatically considered for merit-based awards; no additional application materials are required. Financial assistance and student loans are available through the Offices of Financial Aid.
To apply for Financial Aid, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application: https://fafsa.ed.gov
- Select the academic year.
- Include UC Berkeley school code 001312.
- Students must report their most recent tax information.
- Students who wish to be considered for need-based scholarships must also complete the Parental Data section of the FAFSA form. (The federal instructions will indicate parental data is not needed for federal loans. However, in order to assess relative financial need for institutional scholarships, parental data will be analyzed). For students under the age of 30 by December 31, 2019, parents' information must be submitted on the FAFSA to be considered for Full Funding.
- International Students – please contact us at MSSE@berkeley.edu for more information.
For more information about graduate student financial aid, please go to:
Fall 2020 is the first cohort of the new degree so the program does not yet have any statistics to offer regarding admission rates and demographics of its students.
The MSSE program’s tuition is currently approved at a flat rate per year. This limits students from being able to take additional courses offered at Berkeley. Students may, however, request from the Faculty Advisor to replace one of the offered elective courses with one that is not offered for credit.
You can review the list of courses offered over the 2-years on our MSSE Curriculum Plan.
The MSSE Program does not currently honor any transfer credits since the courses that MSSE provides are developed to meet the specific pedagogical needs and requirements of the degree. Any future possibility of honoring transfer credits would require programmatic and campus approval.
For Fall 2020, our first year we will only be offering the MSSE as a 2-year part-time program.
Are there current students or alumni I can talk to to learn more about their experience in the MSSE program?
Fall 2020 represents the first MSSE cohort. You can submit questions and sign up for our email updates to be notified of Information session this fall on our MSSE website.
The MSSE Program has not yet indicated which criteria would enable a candidate to forego some or all of the current eligibility requirements. For example, the number of years of work experience, type of position, and the industry that could enable an applicant to forego any of the requirements have not been defined.
Candidates can voluntarily submit their application without the requested tests and entrance exams but should do so knowing that it may disqualify their application.
CBE Grad FAQ
FAQ's for prospective chemical and biomolecular engineering graduate students:
We understand the financial difficulties associated with application to graduate programs and the University offers Fee waivers to US Citizens and current permanent residents. There are two ways in which you may qualify for an application fee waiver:
- You can demonstrate financial need, or
- You are a current participant in certain programs that qualify for a fee waiver.
- For complete informaiton please visit: https://grad.berkeley.edu/admissions/apply/fee-waiver/
The application deadlines are:
December 14, 2020 (Ph.D)
January 7, 2019 (Professional M.S.)
Decisions on completed files will begin as soon as possible, with the process continuing through February.
The online application is available starting in September at the Graduate Division Website. Applicants can check the status of their application online as well as review if there are any missing items. Should you have questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admissions decisions are made independently of financial aid, and students are generally supported by a variety of fellowships and research and teaching assistantships during their time in residence. These appointments pay fees, tuition, and a competitive stipend. Students are encouraged to seek outside fellowships to help finance their graduate studies. Many of our students are supported by NSF, Whitaker, NPSC, Hertz, etc., as well as other governmental and corporate sponsorships.
Admissions application fees are $120 for domestic applicants and $140 for international applicants.
I am interested in working for a specific faculty member. Should I send my application directly to them?
Admission decisions are made by a departmental committee. Students apply to the department, rather than to a professor, and decisions are made on overall qualifications, independent of research interest. Upon entering our graduate program, the faculty present the research projects that are available, to allow for an informed advisor selection process. Students are also encouraged to meet with a number of faculty members before making a choice of thesis advisor.
What kinds of research projects are pursued by graduate students in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UC Berkeley?
In broad terms, research in the department can be divided into the following areas:
- Biochemical Engineering
- Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
- Complex Fluids: Polymers and Colloids
- Electrochemical Engineering
- Electronic Materials
- Environmental Engineering and Energy
- Molecular Theory and Simulation
In addition, some of our students choose to work with a broader set of faculty ranging from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories to the Department of Chemistry (for example: Alivisatos, Francis, Geissler, Groves, Majda, Mathies, and Tilley) and the College of Engineering (for example: Arkin, Dejonghe, Healy, Howe, Kumar, and Liepmann) on campus.
My undergraduate degree is not in chemical engineering but I would like to pursue a M.S. or Ph.D. in chemical engineering. What are my chances of being admitted to your program?
Admission to the graduate program in chemical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley is highly competitive. While an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering is not a formal requirement for admission, we expect students to have completed the equivalent of our own undergraduate required curriculum. This includes (number of semester units in parentheses):
- General Chemistry (8)
- Organic Chemistry (5)
- Inorganic Chemistry (3)
- Physical Chemistry (6)
- Physical Chemistry Laboratory (3)
- Introduction to Chemical Process Analysis (3)
- Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3)
- Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Engineering (3)
- Transport Processes (6)
- Separation Processes (3)
- Chemical Engineering Laboratory (3)
- Chemical Process Design (3)
- Dynamics and Control of Chemical Processes (3)
I am thinking of applying but I am worried that my background and qualifications are such that I won't be accepted. Is there someone I can call who can tell me if I'll be accepted before I apply?
As much as we would like to offer pre-screening, regrettably we do not have the resources to offer this service. We recommend that you contact the advising staff at your own undergraduate institution for an evaluation of your current record and suggestions regarding where to apply for graduate school. Your undergraduate record, performance on the GREs, any undergraduate research experience, letters of recommendation, and your personal statement are all considered in our final decision regarding admission.
I've been working several years since I graduated from college. Do I need references from faculty members?
Yes, get at least two academic references. You may add one or two professional references if you wish.
My undergraduate degree is in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. I have such happy, fond memories of the department that I cannot bear the thought of pursuing graduate studies away from Cal. Can I go to Berkeley for graduate
Although nearly all of the best chemical engineers are Berkeley graduates, this department, like most other top chemical engineering departments, feels strongly that its undergraduates are better served by pursuing graduate studies in a new and different environment. Thus, unless you have obtained a degree elsewhere or have substantial industrial experience since you graduated from Berkeley, we will not admit you to the department for graduate work.
NO. The faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) at UC Berkeley have determined the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) is a proven identifier of race and socio-economic status. Its association with successful completion of the doctorate is minimal, and its fulfillment is an economic burden on applicants. CBE will no longer consider it for admission.
I am an international student and I would like to apply for admission to the graduate program. Do my chances of being admitted differ from those who can establish permanent residency?
Unfortunately, recent changes in the University of California budget make it difficult for this department to accept students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. As a result, the department is able to accept only a small fraction of the many highly qualified international students who apply. The MINIMUM requirements for admission include: a grade point average of 3.0 and minimum score for the TOEFL is at least a 90 on the (Internet-based test) iBT. The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering requires that applicants be able to demonstrate an A- or better undergraduate record. All applicants must have an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering or equivalent training.
I will be in town and I would like to stop by and tour the department. Can I drop in on a few faculty members and research groups at that time?
While everyone is welcome to take the Berkeley campus tour, regrettably the department cannot accommodate the many students who wish to make drop-in visits prior to being formally admitted to the department. Students who are admitted to the graduate program are invited to visit the department, meet with faculty and current graduate students, and tour labs and facilities at the department's expense in the early spring. During those visits, faculty and graduate students make every effort to clear their schedules of the many obligations and appointments which may make them unavailable at other times. We strongly urge you to plan to visit the department during one of our scheduled "recruiting weekends". The dates and details of these will be included in our offer of admission.
The Personal History Statement is required from all applicants and should be 1-2 pages long. Please note that the Personal History Statement should not duplicate the Statement of Purpose.
Please describe how your personal background and experiences influenced your decision to pursue a graduate degree. In this section, you may also include any relevant information on the following:
- How you have overcome barriers to access higher education
- How you have come to understand the barriers faced by others
- Your academic service to advance equitable access to higher education for women, racial minorities and individuals from other groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education
- Your research focusing on under served populations or related issues of inequality
- Your leadership among such groups
Chemistry Grad FAQ
FAQ's for prospective chemistry graduate students:
The minimum grade point average required for admission is 3.0.
Due to the uncertainty of testing centers being available for the GRE due to COVID-19, we will not require General or Subject test scores during the Fall 2020 admissions cycle. Our department conducts holistic reviews, and carefully considers the context of each applicant's past achievements and academic record. The admission committee will make no assumptions if GRE scores are not included with an application.
Undergraduate research is a decisive factor in admission. It reflects the applicant's depth of interest in chemistry, potential for commitment to a doctoral program, and potential scientific creativity.
All students admitted to our graduate program receive a stipend for the duration of study in the form of teaching and research assistantships as long as they are in residence and demonstrate good progress toward the degree. Most funds for this support derive from research contracts and grants.
My Application Is Not Completed By The Application Deadline, Will I Still Be Eligible For Fellowships?
Your application must be complete, including letters of recommendation, transcripts and test scores, by the application deadline to be eligible.
The numbers vary, but the department usually receives about 700 applications each year. The number of applicants offered admission depends on the admission allotments determined annually by the Graduate Division. Each year the department receives far more qualified applicants than can be admitted.
The department only admits students for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Students normally complete the Ph.D. program in four to six years.
Due to funding considerations only a few of the most outstanding international students can be admitted each year. However, we are firmly committed to the continued admission of exceptionally qualified international students
Yes, the TOEFL requirement can be waived if you have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better in residence at a U.S. university at the time of application
No, we admit our students to begin their studies in the fall semester only.
The College of Chemistry is pleased that you are able to attend the graduation ceremony of your son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandson, granddaughter, coworker, or friend. Below you will find answers to some frequently asked questions.
The ceremony lasts approximately 2 hours.
Doors will open for guests at 1pm.
Commencement parking is available in any “S” student lot without a permit. Tickets to display on your dashboard may be purchased from an attendant or a dispensing machine on site. For a listing of “S” lots please visit the Commencement Ceremony Parking & Transportation website.
Yes. All guests must have a ticket to enter Zellerbach Auditorium. Tickets are available for students to pick up in advance. Each graduating student that signs to participate in the ceremony may pick up tickets in person at the College of Chemistry Ticket Distribution in April. Detailed emails are sent to students in regards to how to obtain tickets.
According to Zellerbach Auditorium policy infants and toddlers will need their own ticket.
Yes. All graduates will be individually recognized and called up on stage.
Students are asked to spell their names phonetically when they RSVP for the ceremony. The faculty try to get the pronunciation right.
No. Attending the commencement ceremony does not mean that a student has graduated. Some students attend the ceremony in May and will not finish all degree requirements until the end of summer session or the following Fall semester. The ceremony takes place before the final grades and GPA are filed for the Spring semester. The ceremony is strictly celebratory.
It takes up to four months for all of the degree checks and verifications to be processed. Diplomas are not mailed automatically because students often leave Berkeley without updating their addresses. Students can arrange for a final transcript and diploma to be sent to them by visiting the Office of Registrar's website.
College of Chemistry Building Access
On any page, select Quick Links on the right side of the header. On the opened menu, click Building Access. You will be taken directly to the Building Management webpage where the login link resides. You can also click on Admin & Support and select Building Access Information. It will also take you to the Building Management page.
I am new to the College of Chemistry. How do I get access to the buildings and my office and/or laboratory?
If you already have a CalNet ID, log into the application (BUILDING ACCESS), complete the required fields, and “Submit.” You will receive an email confirmation of the submission and your PI, Supervisor or group delegate will be asked to approve your access and appointment information. You will also receive an email upon approval or denial of your request. Once approved, you will need to go to the CoC Building Management Office in 119 Gilman to pick up any physical keys. Please read Key Policy for hours of business and deposit requirements.
If you are a first year graduate student in the departments of Chemistry or Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, then your record will have already been added to our system. You will be placed under your Departmental Chair until you join a research group.
If you do not have a CalNet ID,please got to https://calnetweb.berkeley.edu/calnet-me/manage-my-calnet-account to learn if you qualify for a CalNet ID and how to obtain one. A CalNet ID is required to gain access to the College facilities.
I was once in the College of Chemistry but had given up my keys and access when I left. I am now returning to the College of Chemistry. How do I reinstate my access?
If your employee ID and/or email address are still the same, your old record will be retrieved when you log into the application (BUILDING ACCESS). Once in the system, please update your information and add your current appointment. After submission, you will receive an email confirmation and your PI, Supervisor or group delegate will be asked to approve your access and appointment information. You will also receive an email upon approval or denial of your request. Once approved, you will need to go to the CoC Building Management Office in 119 Gilman to pick up any physical keys. Please read the Key Policy for hours of business and deposit requirements.
If your employee ID and email address are not the same, then you will need to apply as if you were new to the College of Chemistry (see question above).
I am not part of the College of Chemistry but there’s agreement with my PI to use College facilities. How do I get access?
Please follow the step outlined in the question "I am new to the College of Chemistry...". In the appointment section, if you cannot find your PI's name in the drop down list, then you cannot proceed. You can contact email@example.com to check if an account is in the process of being created. If the name of your PI is on the list but after submitting you get an error message stating that a valid PI cannot be found, that means that your PI's information might be incomplete. Please contact Binhtri Huynh at firstname.lastname@example.org to resolve the issue.
Please contact your supervisor, PI or delegate. This person will create a request for you. Then, you will need to go to the CoC Building Management Office in 119 Gilman to pick up any physical keys. Please read Key Policy for hours of business and deposit requirements.
As a PI/Supervisor/Delegate, you can request keys for another person, even if the person is not part of your group/unit.
If the person is already in the System, select "Find a Person." Query the System for the person you are looking for and click "View" to open the record. Under "Request Additional Keys," select the location for additional access. After changes are saved, a confirmation email will be sent to the person and Building Management.
If the person is not yet in the System, then the person must follow the step outlined in the question "I am new to the College of Chemistry..."
Yes, you will need update your record in the system since access is contingent upon each person's unique proximity number that is read by the door controllers. Log into the application (BUILDING ACCESS), go to "My Record," and update the Cal1 and proximity number (usually the first set of 5 or 6 digits). Once Updated, an email will alert Building Management to the new proximity number.
If you are a supervisor, PI or delegate for a research group or administrative unit, you will receive requests from new personnel and existing personnel with updates. Log into the application (BUILDING ACCESS) and you will be taken to the requests page. Review each request and make any necessary edits to approve, or you may deny the request entirely. If you are denying the request, please include a comment for the reason. The requester will receive a message about your decision either way. Upon approval, Building Management will receive electronic notification to dispense any requested keys and set electronic card access.
If you are not the supervisor, PI or delegate for that person, then check that your own record and appointments are up to date. You can deny the request if you believe that the person has selected the wrong research group or administrative unit. Report any problems to Binhtri Huynh at email@example.com.
If you are a PI/Supervisor/Delegate, you can end an appointment for a person who has left your group/unit. Log into the application (BUILDING ACCESS) and select "My Group/Unit." Click the "View" button for the individual. On the current record page, under Appointments, click the End button for the appointment you want to end. Fill in the end date and the comment field, then Confirm your action. The person will still be active in the System but will not be associated with your group/unit anymore. A confirmation email will be sent to you, Building Management, and the individual.
If you are a PI/Supervisor/Delegate, you can add the person to your group/unit. Log into the application (BUILDING ACCESS) and select "Find a Person" on the main page. Query the system for the person you are looking for. If the person's name is listed, click "View" to open the record. On the current record page, under Appointments, click "Add a new Appt". On the appointment page, fill the required fields and click the Add button. You will then be able to request additional keys and/or access for the individual, if necessary, on the Current Record page. A confirmation email will be sent to you, Building Management, and the individual.
If the person's name is not listed, then the person is not in the System and will need to follow the steps in the question "I am new to the College of Chemistry."
If you are already affiliated with the College of Chemistry, log into the application (BUILDING ACCESS) and go to "My Record." You will see that you either already have Storeroom access or there is a box for you to select yes to "Do you need stockroom access?" Click Update to save your changes. An email will be sent to your PI/Supervisor/Delegate requesting approval. Upon approval, you will receive an email with instructions and a form to complete before taking the mandatory tour of the Storeroom with the Storeroom Manager who will then grant you access. A confirmation email will be sent to you and your PI/Supervisor/Delegate.
If you are not affiliated with the College of Chemistry, you will need a paper Interdepartmental Order/Charge (formerly IOC form) that you will present to the Storeroom Manager during regular business hours to establish access. For customers who would like to use the storeroom on a regular basis, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and department of the PI to be recharged as well as a valid chart string (and speedtype if available). Once the recharge information is added to our system, users can request storeroom access using the Building Access application.
If you are a PI/Supervisor/Delegate, you can check what access/keys your group and unit members have under "My Unit/Group." You can check individual records by clicking on the "View" button. The list also displays who has Storeroom access.
Go to "My Record." If you have no updates to make to the first page, click "Continue," which will take you to the appointment records. For each appointment, a Default Speedtype can be entered. Click "Update" to save. Your PI/Supervisor/Delegate will receive an email asking for approval of the update. Once approved, your default speedtype will be set.
Select "My Unit/Group." The list of group/unit members displays the current default speedtype. You can change or add a Default Speedtype by clicking "View" for a specific record and updating the Default Speedtype field under the appointment. Click "Update" to save any changes.
All keys should be returned to Building Management prior to your appointment being ended in the System (See Key Policy). Once the keys are returned, Building Management will return your key deposit and update the access in the System. Alternatively, a police report has to be completed for all non-returned keys.
Log into the application (BUILDING ACCESS) and then you may update the information for yourself by going to "My Record." If you are a PI/Supervisor/Delegate, you can update the record of person in your group/unit. Select "My Group/Unit" and "View" to open the record of the person to update the necessary information. Save the changes. A confirmation email will be sent to you and your PI/Supervisor/Delegate.