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College welcomes new students, new programs

Keith Alexander

Keith Alexander is the program director for new chemical engineering Product Development Program.

The number of College of Chemistry undergraduate students has reached a record level, rising from 797 last fall to 868 for the fall 2006 semester.

Of the three undergraduate majors, chemical engineering has the highest number of students at 373. When combined, the number of students in the two chemistry majors totals 495, with 272 in chemical biology and 223 in chemistry. These totals include dual majors, so the actual number of full-time equivalent students is 833.

The rising enrollments reflect the remarkable growth of the chemical biology major. Initiated in the fall 2004 semester with 142 students, chemical biology has almost doubled its enrollment since then. The growth of the major also helps explain the rising proportion of female undergraduates. Fifty-three percent of chemical biology majors are women, compared to 44 percent in chemistry and 35 percent in chemical engineering. For the college as a whole, 44 percent of undergraduates are women.

Combining freshmen and transfers, there will be 98 new undergraduates in chemical engineering, 82 in chemical biology and 49 in chemistry this fall.

At the graduate level, the chemistry department will welcome 87 entering students, 26 women and 61 men. The new graduate students will bring the total enrollment to 449 (151 women and 298 men). Sources of student support, in addition to teaching assistantships, include 66 fellowships — 37 federal, 14 university, 14 donor-supported and 1 international.

Chemical engineering will welcome 15 entering graduate students this fall, 4 women and 11 men. Three federal and two university fellowships will help support the entering students. These new students will bring the total enrollment to 111 for the department.

Included in these totals are an additional seven students who have enrolled for chemical engineering’s new Product Development Program (PDP). The PDP is a master’s degree program aimed at filling the need for graduates trained in transforming technical innovations into commercially successful products. During the one-calendar-year program, students will gain exposure to real-world product development practices in a range of industries including biotechnology, microelectronics, nanoscience and consumer products.

“This is our pilot year for the Product Development Program, and we are off to a good start with a diverse entering group in the fall semester,” says program director Keith Alexander (Ph.D. ’83). Of the seven entering master’s degree students, three are women, and four earned their undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering at Berkeley. “We will also kick off our product development certificate program for Ph.D. chemical engineering students this fall,” adds Alexander. “We’re looking forward to a successful and exciting year.”

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