UC Berkeley Photo Tour

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Berkeley and the Li Ka Shing Center

Li Ka Shing Center at Berkeley
Li Ka Shing Center at Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The University of California at Berkeley consistently ranks as one of the country's top public universities. Berkeley has highly selective admissions and is one of the most prestigious of the University of California schools.

Our photo tour of the campus begins with the Li Ka Shing Center. Completed in 2011, the center is home to the Biomedical and Health Sciences departments. The center was named in honor of global entrepreneur Li following a $40 million donation in 2005. The center, which is able to accommodate up to 450 researchers, features state of the art laboratories and research facilities. The building is also home to the Henry H. Wheeler Jr. Brain Imaging Center, The Berkeley Stem Cell Center and The Henry Wheeler Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases.

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The Valley Life Sciences Building at UC Berkeley

Life Sciences Building at Berkeley
Life Sciences Building at Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Valley Life Sciences Building, home to Integrative Biology and Molecular & Cellular Biology, is the largest building on campus. At over 400,000 sq. ft., the building is home to lecture halls, classrooms, and laboratories.

The Valley Life Sciences Building is also home to the Museum of Paleontology. However, the museum is largely used for research and is not open to the public although a majority of its fossil collection is on display for students. A Tyrannosaurus skeleton is located on the first floor of the Valley Life Sciences Building.

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Dwinelle Hall at UC Berkeley

Dwinelle Hall at Berkeley
Dwinelle Hall at Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Dwinelle Hall is the second largest building on campus. The structure was completed in 1953, with an expansion in 1998. The southern block of Dwinelle contains classrooms and lecture halls, while the northern block houses seven stories of faculty and department offices. Dwinelle Annex is located just west of Dwinelle Hall. It is currently home to the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.

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School of Information at UC Berkeley

School of Information at Berkeley
School of Information at Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Built in 1873, South Hall is the oldest building on campus. It is currently home to the School of Information. South Hall sits across from Sather Tower at the heart of campus. The School of Information is a graduate school that offers master's degrees and a research-oriented Ph.D degree in Information Management and Systems. The program requires students to take courses in Information Organization and Retrieval, Social and Organizational Issues of Information, and Distributed Computing Applications and Infrastructure.

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The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley

Bancroft Library at Berkeley
Bancroft Library at Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Bancroft Library is the primary home for the university's special collections. The building was purchased in 1905 from the library's founder, Hubert Howe Bancroft. With over 600,000 books and 8 million photographic prints, Bancroft Library is one of the largest special collections libraries in the nation.

The library also features a large collection on California. The collection includes over 50,000 volumes on West Coast history from the Isthmus of Panama to Alaska. It also holds the world's largest collection of historical volumes on Pacific voyages of Cook, Vancouver, and Otto von Kotzenbue.

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Hearst Memorial Mining Building at UC Berkeley

Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Hearst Memorial Mining Building (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

The Hearst Memorial Building is home to the university's Materials Science and Engineering Department. This Beaux-Arts style Classic Revival building was built in 1907 by John Galen Howard. Not only is it considered one of the most notable pieces of architecture on campus, it is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The building was dedicated in honor of Senator George Hearst, a successful miner. The central entrance vestibule, pictured above, was designed to house the campus mining museum. Aside from its sculpted windows and marble staircases, the building features laboratories for experiments in computation, ceramics, metals, and polymers.

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Doe Memorial Library at UC Berkeley

Doe Memorial Library
Doe Memorial Library (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Doe Memorial Library is the main library for both undergraduate and graduate students. It is also the central library in UC Berkeley's Library System of 32 libraries--the fourth largest library system in the nation. The library is named in honor of Charles Franklin Doe, who funded construction of the building in 1911.

The library is home to the Gardner Collection, a four-story underground structure consisting of 52 miles of bookshelves housing most of the library's most prized collections. The North reading room--a large hall featuring long study desks--is open to the public; however, only students can gain access to the main stacks. The Gardner Main Stacks are open 24 hours and feature private study spaces, computers, and study rooms.

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Starr East Asian Library at UC Berkeley

Starr East Asian Library
Starr East Asian Library (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Opposite Doe Memorial Library, Starr East Asian Library houses over 900,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean materials, including posters, photographs, literature, maps, scrolls, and Buddhist scriptures. Opened in 2008, it is the newest library in the UC Berkeley Library System. The library combined the holdings of the Center for Chinese Studies Library and the East Asian Library into one consolidated space. Starr Library is the first library in the United States built solely for East Asian collections.

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LeConte Hall at UC Berkeley

LeConte Hall at Berkeley
LeConte Hall at Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

LeConte Hall is home to UC Berkeley's Physics Department, part of The College of Letters & Science. L&S offers over 80 majors within its four departments: Arts and Humanities, Biological Science, Mathematical and Physical Science, and Social Sciences.

Opened in 1924, LeConte Hall was one of the largest buildings in the world dedicated solely to physics. The building was named in honor of Joseph and John LeConte, professors of Physics and Geology. It is also the site of the first atomic smasher, built in 1931 by Ernest Lawrence, Berkeley's first Nobel laureate.

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Wellman Hall at UC Berkeley

Wellman Hall at Berkeley
Wellman Hall at Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

On the west end of campus, Wellman Hall is another campus landmark designed by John Galen Howard. Originally designed exclusively for agricultural research, the building is currently home to the Environmental Science, Policy & Management Department.

Wellman Hall is also home to the Essig Museum of Entomology. The museum holds an active research collection of over 5,000,000 terrestrial arthropods. The museum's mission is to facilitate research and outreach in arthropod biology.

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Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley

Haas School of Business at Berkeley
Haas School of Business at Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located in the northeast edge of campus, Haas School of Business consists of three connected buildings with a courtyard in the middle. Originally established in 1898, this "mini-campus" was not conceptualized until 1995, under the direction of architect Charles Moore. Like Haas Pavilion, Haas School of Business was named in honor of Walter A. Haas Jr. of Levi Strauss & Co.

Haas School of Business offers undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. programs in the following concentrations: Accounting, Business & Public Policy, Economic Analysis & Public Policy, Finance, Management of Organization, Marketing, and Operations & Information Technology Management. Undergraduate students who opt for a Bachelor of Science degree participate in courses like Micro- and Macroeconomics, Finance, Marketing, and Ethics.

The school is home to the Asia Business Center, which aims to forge strategic partnerships with educational institutions in Asia. Haas is also home to the Center for Responsible Business. The center offers programs that educate students on the practical and ethical implications of responsible business leadership.

Notable alumni of Haas include Bengt Baron, President of Absolut Vodka, and Donald Fisher, founder of Gap Inc.

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School of Law at UC Berkeley

Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley School of Law (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Built in 1966, Boalt Hall is home to the School of Law. With an annual enrollment of less than 300 students, the School of Law is one of the most selective law schools in the nation. The school offers J.D., LL. M. and J.S.D. programs in Business, Law and Economics, Comparative Legal Studies, Environmental Law, International Legal Studies, Law and Technology, and Social Justice, and a Ph.D. program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy.

Notable alumni include Chief Justice Earl Warren and Chairman of the Federal Reserve G. William Miller.

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Alfred Hertz Memorial Hall of Music at UC Berkeley

Hertz Memorial Hall of Music
Hertz Memorial Hall of Music (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Built in 1958, Alfred Hertz Memorial Hall is a 678-seat concert hall. The Hall is home to the Department of Music, hosting Chorus, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony concerts throughout the year. Hertz Hall also features a green room and small rehearsal spaces, as well as an extensive collection of organs and grand pianos.

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Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley

Zellerbach Hall at Berkeley
Zellerbach Hall at Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Across from Haas Pavilion, Zellerbach Hall is the main venue for Cal performances. The multi-venue facility consists of two performances spaces--Zellerbach Auditorium and Zellerbach Playhouse. The 2,015 seat auditorium is home to Cal Performances, a producing arts organization. With a built in concert shell, the auditorium hosts opera, theater, dance, and symphonic music performances during the year.

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Zellerbach Playhouse at UC Berkeley

Zellerbach Playhouse at Berkeley
Zellerbach Playhouse at Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Part of Zellerbach Hall, the Playhouse is home to the UC Berkeley Department of Theater and Dance. Productions by the department are held annually through out the year.

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Worth Ryder Art Gallery at UC Berkeley

Worth Ryder Gallery at Berkeley
Worth Ryder Gallery at Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Located inside Kroeber hall, the Worth Ryder Gallery acts as the artistic hub for Cal students. The gallery is home to three exhibition spaces, the largest being 1800 sq. ft. The gallery hosts student exhibitions throughout the year.

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California Hall at UC Berkeley

California Hall at Berkeley
California Hall at Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

California Hall is one of the most historic buildings on campus. The hall was designed by John Galen Howard in 1905. For decades California Hall was seen as a central classroom building, situated between Doe Memorial Library and the Life Sciences Building. Today, it is home the chancellor's office and university administration. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

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Evans Hall at UC Berkeley

Evans Hall at Berkeley
Evans Hall at Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Built in 1971, Evans Hall is home to the Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics Departments. Evans Hall is located just east of Memorial Glade, and is named after Griffith C. Evans, chairman of mathematics during the 1930s. Evans is commonly referred to as "The Dungeon," due to its dark classrooms and ominous appearance. But the building holds a lot of history. Evans Hall hosted the entire West Coast's Internet access during the early days of the Internet.

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Sproul Hall at UC Berkeley

Sproul Hall at Berkeley
Sproul Hall at Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Sproul Plaza is the primary center of student activity at UC Berkeley. Both Sproul Plaza and Sproul Hall are named in honor of former Cal president Robert Gorden Sproul. Sproul Hall is home to the university's administrative services, most importantly undergraduate admissions. Sproul Plaza features a broad stairway leading to the entrance. Given its location, the steps are often used as a raised platform for student protests, the first of which occurred in 1964. Along Sproul Plaza to Sather Gate, student organizations set up tables to recruit members.

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Hilgard Hall at UC Berkeley

Hilgard Hall at UC Berkeley
Hilgard Hall at UC Berkeley (click photo to enlarge). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

Hilgard Hall is home to the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management within the College of Natural Resources. Built in 1917, Hilgard Hall was one of the first buildings on campus designed by John Galen Howard.

The College of Natural Resources offers undergraduate majors in the following programs: Environmental Science, Genetics and Plant Biology, Microbial Biology, Molecular Environmental Biology, Molecular Toxicology, Nutritional Science, Environmental Sciences, Forestry and Natural Sciences, Conservation and Resource Studies, and Society & Environment.

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