Mission Statement

The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSB is dedicated to performing cutting edge chemical and biochemical research in an environmentally and ethically sound manner, in service to the county of Santa Barbara, the state of California, and the world.  We are committed to addressing the grand challenges that humanity faces in the 21st  century and believe that chemistry and biochemistry are at the forefront of this endeavor.  In accord with this mission, we strive towards excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and outreach education, and we will instill in our graduates the skills and drive necessary to meet these challenges. 

Diversity in the UCSB Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry - Faculty Diversity Officer, Dr. Peter Ford

The UCSB Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is firmly committed to a diverse, nurturing, and inclusive culture for all its faculty, staff, and students. We consider diversity along all its multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity and national origins, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class, and religion, disabilities, socioeconomic background, and a host of other personal realities with which individuals may identify. The culture of the Department aims to prepare all of its members to be successful in the increasingly diverse global chemistry community. We strive for balance and inclusiveness in our approach to recruiting students and faculty and we endeavor to maintain a warm, welcoming, and collegial climate. the Department will promptly address all forms of harassment and the perpetuation of stereotypes and misconceptions.

UCSB Diversity Resources

» Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy

» Office of International Students and Scholars

» Women's Center

» Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

» Office of the Ombuds

» Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

» UCSB SACNAS Student Chapter

» out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM)

» Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

» Graduate Students for Diversity in Science (GSDS)

General Diversity Resources

» National Society of Black Chemists

» Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

» LGBTIQQAP+ Chemists