Graduate Program

The UC San Diego Chemistry & Biochemistry Graduate Program is one of the country’s leading institutions for scientific research and is among the most exciting departments on campus with internationally renowned faculty.

UC San Diego Chemistry & Biochemistry


More than 60 faculty members perform cutting-edge research in areas including molecular synthesis, structural biology, atmospheric chemistry, and materials research, just to name a few. Our faculty, who have won numerous awards and honors, include two Nobel laureates, three Howard Hughes Medical Investigators and ten members of the National Academy of Sciences. Our junior faculty have been recognized with honors such as the NSF CAREER, Beckman, Searle, Pew, Keck Scholar, Ellison Medical Foundation, and NIH Innovator awards. As a prospective graduate student, what does this mean to you? It means that UC San Diego has amazing research opportunities to match your interests. Housed in state-of-the-art buildings (see picture) with top-notch facilities, the department can assure that you have an outstanding educational experience. We invite you to browse this short brochure, and learn more about our department and see all that we have to offer. Between the science, the city, and the shoreline, we know that if you choose UC San Diego Chemistry and Biochemistry for your graduate studies that you are in for nothing less than the research experience of a lifetime.

Grad Life

Graduate students in our department work hard and play hard. San Diego and the surrounding areas are abound with recreational opportunities. Whether you enjoy surfing, the opera, skiing, or the alternative music scene, San Diego has it all. You can even go for a hot air balloon ride or parasailing just minutes from campus! At UC San Diego we guarantee you will never be bored inside or outside the lab. Visit our Grad Life page for more highlights!