While emphasizing there are no firm plans in place yet, there is talk at Berkeley of shutting down the College of Chemistry in order to help with budget problems the school is facing. There is also a petition by the student body to not do this.
The College of Chemistry was established in 1872. In the 20th century, researchers in the college at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory discovered nine elements now on the periodic table. Today, the college is known as a pioneer in traditional and emerging fields of chemistry.
By Thursday evening, Melville’s petition, which addresses Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, had gained more than 1,800 signatures — more than the College of Chemistry’s undergraduate population.