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The academic program at UC Berkeley is organized in multiple Colleges and Schools, many of which are further subdivided into Departments and Divisions. Below are listed names, short descriptions and links to those that involve at least partially the field of biology. A complete list of Colleges & Schools and Departments is available at the UC Berkeley website.

  • Molecular & Cell Biology - College of Letters & Science
    Molecular structures and processes of cellular life and their roles in the function, reproduction, and development of living organisms.
  • Integrative Biology - College of Letters & Science
    Integration of structure and function in the evolution of diverse biological systems in all taxa of organisms from viruses to higher plants and animals.
  • Environmental Science, Policy & Management - College of Natural Resources
    Analysis of environmental problems from local to global scales and the development of management strategies to address them.
  • Plant and Microbial Biology - College of Natural Resources
    Biology of plants, their development, their responses to the environment, the impact of human activities on the plant biosphere. Microbial physiology and biochemistry, microbial development and genetics, microbial ecology and evolution, and host-microbe interactions.
  • Nutritional Science & Toxicology - College of Natural Resources
    Experimental biology of nutrients, phytochemicals, and diet-borne toxicants, using the techniques of modern biology and chemical analyses to understand the relationship among diet, the metabolic genome, and optimal health/chronic disease.
  • Chemistry - College of Chemistry
    All fields of chemistry including the general areas of inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, plus many more specialized courses including analytical, nuclear, and biophysical chemistry and chemical biology.
  • Chemical Engineering - College of Chemistry
    Development, design, and operation of chemical processes and of process equipment.
  • Bioengineering - College of Engineering
    The field of bioengineering applies engineering principles and practices to living things, integrating biological and medical sciences with advanced technology to help people live longer and healthier lives.
  • School of Public Health
    The mission of the School of Public Health is to develop and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines, including epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health behavior, and health policy, for the promotion and protection of the health of the human population.
  • Optometry
    Drawing upon the principles of anatomy, optics, physiology, and psychology, the School of Optometry provides professional training in the art and science of vision care.