Classes and Registration
How to Register
The first step toward registering for classes is to find out when your registration appointment is. You should receive an email about this; if you do not, you can always check it in the Students section of the BearFacts website:
- Log in with your CalNet ID (8 digit number) and your passphrase.
- Click on Registration in the top bar.
- Click on Telebears Appointment (far right)
You should have two appointments. During Phase I, you can register for up to 12 credits (and as a graduate student, you have no need to carry more than that). To register for more than 12 credits, or modify your class schedule further, you will have to wait until Phase II begins.
Actual registration is NOT done on the BearFacts website. Registration is done on the TeleBears website, telebears.berkeley.edu. (For all you young'uns, the name refers to the pre-internet days, when registration for classes was done by telephone.)
In order to register for a class on TeleBears, you will need to know the Course Control Number (CCN). You can get these numbers from the online Schedule of Classes.
The list of all courses offered in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is here.
What to Take
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All graduate students must be registered by the end of the third week of classes each semester. In addition, Graduate Council requires that students not yet advanced to doctoral candidacy be registered and enrolled in at least 12 units (link). Students with fellowships and/or academic appointments jeopardize their awards and work status if they are out of compliance.
Students wishing to obtain a Ph.D from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering must complete the following requirements before graduation:
The core classes are taken during the first year of graduate study. They are:
- CBE 230 - Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering
- CBE 240 - Thermodynamics for Chemical Product and Process Design
- CBE 244 - Kinetics and Reaction Engineering
- CBE 250 - Transport Processes
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Electives
A total of six (6) additional credits must come from Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering courses. You may take any Graduate Divison course (200-level), and up to one of CBE 170, 171, 176, 178, or 179.
A total of nine (9) credits must be taken a non-Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering technical field of your choosing. You have considerable latitude in choosing classes for a minor; the requirements are only that the courses are (1) technical, (2) rigorous, and (3) related in some meaningful way to each other. Graduate courses are strongly preferred, but exceptions will be made in those areas where a chemical engineering background provides limited preparation. Your sequence must ultimately be approved by the Head Graduate Advisor (John Newman).
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An additional three (3) credits must be taken either within Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering or as part of the Minor.
During Fall and Spring semesters, you must register for CBE 298-026, which is the Wednesday afternoon Colloquium. (It is also important for the reputation of the Department that you actually go to Colloquium, and that, if it is humanly possible to do so, you try to stay awake.)
Research Group Meeting
During Fall and Spring semesters, you must register for your research group's group meetings. These are listed as CBE 298-XXX, where XXX is unique for each advisor. The actual course control numbers for group meetings change every semester; the Graduate Student Affairs Officer will email out the CCNs for the coming semester sometime before registration begins.
A full time course load for graduate students is 12 credits. You may take up to 12 credits in research each semester. Research is listed as CBE 299-XXX, where XXX is unique for each advisor. As with group meeting, the CCNs for research will be emailed sometime before registration each term.
If you are GSI-ing, you must register for the section of CBE 300 that corresponds with the course you are teaching. In addition, if you are teaching for the first time, you must take the Department's Teaching Pedagogy class. More details on this as the class is developed.
Integrated Circuit Processing
EECS 130 - Integrated Circuit Devices
EECS 143 - Microfabrication Technology
EECS 243 - Advanced IC Processing & Layout
Math 185 - Introduction to Analysis
Math 204A - Ordinary & Partial Differential Equations
ME 281 - Methods of Tensor Calculus & Differential Geometry
MSE 204 - Theory of Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Diffraction
MSE 223 - Semiconductor Materials
MSE 225 - Thin-Film Science and Technology
Chem 104AB - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Chem 201 - Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
Chem 250A - Introduction to Bonding Theory
Chem 250B - Inorganic Spectroscopy
Chem 251AB - Coordination Chemistry I and II
ME 260AB - Advanced Fluid Mechanics I and II
plus one of
ME 167 - Microscale Fluid Mechanics
ME C213 - Fluid mechanics of Biological Systems
ME C243 - Advanced Methods in Free-Surface Flows
ME 263 - Turbulence
MCB 102 - Survey of the Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
MCB 206 - Physical Biochemistry
Chem 271ABC - Chemical Biology
Management of Technology
See the MOT website for details about the Management of Technology program.