The Berkeley Food Institute is a unique, interdisciplinary center that partners with seven schools on campus, benefiting from a wide-range of food systems expertise.
Berkeley Law offers a superb education in both established and emerging fields of law. Berkeley Law is committed to absolute top-tier education and scholarship. And they are equally committed to using our substantial intellectual capital to help solve real-world problems and to create a more just society. One of the school’s distinguishing features is the extraordinary degree to which its students and faculty partner with people beyond the school: identifying challenges, creating alliances, solving problems, and sparking change. Berkeley Law’s highly distinguished faculty members prepare students for careers in a world of rapid change, complexity, and opportunity. At Berkeley Law, they meet this challenge by offering a curriculum that provides a solid legal and ethical foundation, enriched by courses in emerging fields and hands-on experience.
College of Environmental Design
CED stands among the nation’s top environmental design schools. It is one of the world’s most distinguished laboratories for experimentation, research, and intellectual synergy. The first school to combine the disciplines of architecture, planning, and landscape architecture into a single college, CED led the way toward an integrated approach to analyzing, understanding, and designing our built environment.
College of Natural Resources
The College of Natural Resources (CNR) addresses biological, social, and economic challenges associated with protecting natural resources and the environment. CNR is home to four departments: Agricultural and Resource Economics; Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Nutritional Science and Toxicology; and Plant and Microbial Biology. In addition, the Energy and Resources Group is a CNR affiliate. CNR has a long history of conducting agricultural research of the utmost national and international importance—indeed, in 1868, the federal Morrill Act established a national system of research stations to foster teaching and research related to agriculture. The University of California, Berkeley, became the first state-run Agricultural Experiment Station and the first land-grant college in California. To this day the Cooperative Extension functions of the Berkeley campus reside in the college and the dean holds a joint title as Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station.
Haas School of Business
As the second-oldest business school in the United States, the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley is one of the world’s leading producers of new ideas and knowledge in all areas of business — which includes the distinction of having two of its faculty members receive the Nobel Prize in Economics.
The school offers outstanding management education to about 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students each year who come from around the world to study in one of its six degree-granting programs. The school has 40,000 alumni.
The school’s mission is “to develop leaders who redefine how we do business.”
Goldman School of Public Policy
The Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) is a graduate school that prepares students for careers in public leadership. The majority of the students at GSPP are enrolled in the Masters of Public Policy (MPP) program, which emphasizes the applied and quantitative dimensions of policy making. Goldman School faculty members represent the top researchers in their respective fields, which include economics, political science, law, social psychology, and engineering. Founded in 1969, GSPP was one of the nation’s first graduate programs of its kind. As such, it has helped define the art and science of modern public policy.
Graduate School of Journalism
The Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley is the only journalism degree-granting program within the UC system. Considered one of the top journalism education programs in the nation, the J-School’s two-year Master’s program melds academic excellence with real-world, professional practice at a time of dramatic change in the field. The school emphasizes the public mission of journalism, a bedrock of democracy, while imparting to students the latest skills in fulfilling their calling and their craft. The J-School is especially known for its programs in documentary production and visual journalism, investigative reporting, narrative writing and new media.
The J-School enjoys a multitude of cross-disciplinary relationships with the university and is delighted to be a partner with the Berkeley Food Institute. Led by Dean Edward Wasserman—a journalist and scholar in media and ethics—the J-School’s regular faculty includes food and environmental journalist Michael Pollan. The school also benefits from dozens of lecturers who are working journalists, including experts on reporting environmental issues.
School of Public Health
The UC Berkeley School of Public Health seeks to promote health, prevent suffering, and protect lives. The School’s mission is to conduct world-class research; apply it to improve human health; develop diverse leaders; and enhance the health workforce through continuing education and assistance. The School is distinguished by a broad-based ecological perspective on health, which focuses on the interaction of biological, behavioral, and environmental determinants of human health over one’s lifespan. All students are provided with an understanding of biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health behavior, and health policy and management, and how this knowledge can address pressing community health problems. The School of Public Health emphasizes both discovery and application, with the goal of pushing “knowledge into action” locally, throughout California, the nation, and the world.