The University of California, Berkeley is a public research university in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1868, Berkeley is the flagship institution of the ten research universities affiliated with the system. The University of California, Berkeley was established through a merger of the College of California and the Agricultural, Mining and Mechanical Arts College. The University of California, Berkeley has since grown to instructing over 40,000 students in approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs amongst a wide range of disciplines.
Upon its founding, The Dwinelle Bill (California Assembly Bill No. 583) stated that the "University shall have for its design, to provide instruction and thorough and complete education in all departments of science, literature and art, industrial and professional pursuits, and general education, and also special courses of instruction in preparation for the professions".