About Us

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UCSC is an inclusive, supportive, and innovative community whose common goal is to create new chemical knowledge and to mentor the best and brightest students who will define the next frontiers of chemical science. As chemistry is central to modern science and is crucial to creating new knowledge and improving human experiences, we are committed to delivering quality education in our undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and to groundbreaking research in biomedical and materials science.

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Office hours & location
9:00 AM–12:00 PM,
1:00 PM–4:00 PM
Physical Sciences Building, Rm 230

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Office closed during summer, employees working remotely

Derek-Department Manager

Alissa-Graduate Program Coordinator
Aron-Undergraduate Advisor

Katie-Department Assistant

Office closed during summer, employees working remotely

Email: chemreception@ucsc.edu
Advising Email: Chemistryadvising@ucsc.edu
Phone: (831) 459-4002
Fax: (831) 459-2935

Mailing address
University of California, Santa Cruz
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

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The latest high-impact science in Chemistry & Biochemistry

Chemists use peptides from Alzheimer’s and Type II diabetes to describe five new rippled beta-sheets

Scientists from the University of California, Santa Cruz, synthesized peptides from proteins associated with Alzheimer’s and Type II Diabetes and described five new rippled beta-sheet structures.

In Memoriam: Frank Andrews, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

With enormous gratitude, we celebrate the life of UC Santa Cruz Professor Emeritus Frank Andrews, who died of cancer on January 31, 2024, at age 91.

Logo which reads: 2023 National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 18-22

National Postdoc Appreciation Week: Featuring Priya Crosby and Will DeRocco

National Postdoc Appreciation Week, organized by the National Postdoc Association (NPA) since 2009, takes place this year from September 18-22. The celebration aims to acknowledge the substantial impact postdoctoral scholars have on research and discovery.