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Welcome New Students!

We are thrilled to welcome you to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California San Diego! Our major curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in chemistry and biochemistry that will prepare you for your future career.  

As a Chemistry and Biochemistry student at UC San Diego, you'll have the opportunity to explore experiences in and outside of the classroom. Our undergraduate students hold leadership positions in ACSSA, study abroad on five continents, present their research at scholarly conferences, gain transferable skills and experience, network with alumni, serve the community, get accepted into top graduate programs, and begin successful careers.

We have pages for both First Years and Transfers to try to help answer most of your questions. 

If you have any additional questions, you can e-mail us at!

Fall 2023 Admits

Triton Day

Please join us for Triton Day! Triton Day is an opportunity to learn more about being a student in our department and you will get the chance to meet our Chemistry Undergraduate Advising team.  

Programming Dates 

  • Triton Day First-year Admits: Saturday, April 8, 2023 (plus virtual programming April 5 and 6)
  • Triton Day Transfer Admits: Saturday, May 6, 2023 (plus virtual programming May 3 and 4)

Summer Online Info-Session

Every summer we host a virtual info session for our newly admitted students. Here you will receive information about what to expect of your degree requirements, research and involvements opportunities, resources, and much more! An invitation with Zoom links will be emailed to you closer to the event date.

Check out the slides from our Summer 2023 Info Session for incoming freshmen and transfer students!

2023 New Student Info Session - First-Years Wednesday, August 16th, 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom

2023 New Student Info Session - Transfers Tuesday, August 8th, 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom


We are so glad you will be join us this Fall 2023 for your undergrad adventure!

We would love to meet you before your classes begin this fall! We would like to invite you to our Chemistry and Biochemistry New Student Orientation + Welcome Reception on Wednesday, September 27th in Galbraith Hall. More details to follow via email.