New Students

Welcome from the College Dean

Douglas S. Clark,  Dean, College of ChemistryWelcome to the University of California and to Berkeley's famous College of Chemistry! The Departments of Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the College of Chemistry rank among the most prominent in the nation, and both are renowned for their excellence in a diverse range of disciplines and applications. Chemistry, chemical biology, and chemical and biomolecular engineering provide fantastic opportunities for you to pursue a stimulating and gratifying career while making a positive impact on society.

Since chemistry is the gateway to all of the molecular sciences and much of engineering, our College facilitates many possible career paths. We live in a chemical world. Our lives, our environment, our energy, our food and medicine, and our products are all impacted and/or provided by the activities of chemists and chemical engineers. At the College of Chemistry, you will find a wide selection of instructional excellence in the chemical and biomolecular sciences and their applications, as well as many opportunities for undergraduate research.

With only two departments, the College of Chemistry provides a relatively small and collegial place in which to live and work, while being nestled in one of the most beautiful and vibrant cosmopolitan areas in the world. Your intellectual, scientific, and social experiences at Berkeley will shape your life and outlook for years to come. We enthusiastically encourage you to explore our College's offerings and opportunities.

Complete details about courses and requirements for the Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering majors can be found online.

My faculty colleagues and I look forward to having you join us here at Berkeley this fall.

Sincerely yours,

Signature of Dean Douglas Clark

Dean Douglas S. Clark
College of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

Virtual Events for Admitted Students

Updated April 14, 2020

Want to hear more about life and learning in the College of Chemistry? Please join us at our Virtual Cal Day events on Saturday, April 18, and for an online information session with the Undergraduate Student Services staff. See below for more info and to RSVP.

Presentation / Q&A with Prof. John Arnold, Undergrad Dean, April 18 (Virtual Cal Day!)

  • Plus a panel of current students sharing their CoC experiences & taking your questions
  • Time: 10 am to 12 noon

Check back soon for time and video-conference details.

Online Information Sessions for Admitted Students

  • First-years: M-F, March 30-April 30; please RSVP here

  • Transfers: 2x/week, April 20-May 30; please RSVP here

A link to the meeting and instructions for how to join will be emailed to you in advance.

CANCELLED: In-person Info Session for Admitted Transfer Students, May 1