at Caltech is
steeped in a tradition of excellence--alumnus Linus
Pauling, awarded the Nobel Prize in 1954, revolutionized
the field with his insights into the nature of the chemical
bond; alumnus Edwin McMillan was awarded the
Nobel in 1951 for his discovery of element 93 (neptunium);
and alumnus William Lipscomb won in 1976 for
his studies of the structure of boranes. Arnold
Beckman, founder of Beckman Instruments, and Gordon
Moore, founder of Intel and originator of Moore's
Law, both earned their doctoral degrees in chemistry
tradition continues. Rudolph
Marcus (1992 Nobel Prize for his theory of electron transfer in chemical reactions), Ahmed
Zewail (1999 Nobel Prize for his study of chemical reactions on the femtosecond timescale), and Robert Grubbs (2005 Nobel Prize for the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis), all current faculty members, are part of an illustrious faculty of 37 of whom 14 have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences or the National Academy of Engineering.
and Graduate Education
commitment to undergraduate education and small class
size allows for frequent one-on-one interaction between
students and professors. Undergraduate research
and interdisciplinary work are common and encouraged.
Interdisciplinary courses are available in such fields
as geochemistry and environmental chemistry. Click
here for admissions information, and for a description
of all of our courses, please click here.
a Caltech graduate student, you will find that research
is at the heart of what we do. Soon after you arrive
at Caltech, you will attend a series of orientation
seminars that will introduce you to the active research
interests of the faculty. Students then talk at length
with the faculty members whose fields attract them,
eventually developing research programs of mutual interest.
are welcome to go where your scientific curiosity takes
you. Many students develop research interests that cross
the boundaries of traditionally separate areas of chemistry.
A thesis that involves more than one advisor is not
uncommon, and interdisciplinary programs with biology,
physics, geology, chemical engineering, environmental
engineering and other fields are encouraged.
about faculty and their research is available from the
CCE Division faculty
page. Please click here
for information on Chemistry admissions and academics.
extensive program of seminars will enable students
to hear of and discuss notable work in chemical physics,
organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and electrochemistry,
organometallic chemistry, and biochemistry and biophysics.
Please visit our Chemistry
and Chemical Engineering seminars page for updates.
Graduate students are encouraged to attend seminars
in other divisions at Caltech.