Planning for a Major
The decision on the choice of a major is a very important
one and should be made on the basis of your interests and abilities as well
as your career goals. You should look carefully into the programs available
by using this catalog and by visiting departments in which you are interested.
Your adviser can help you explore the possibilities of interdisciplinary
majors, which you take by declaring a group major or field major. If the
major you are interested in is offered in more than one college or division,
your adviser can help you choose the one that best suits your academic goals.
You are strongly urged to declare your major as soon as possible
and should begin thinking about possible majors in your first year at Berkeley.
Some majors require a full four years to complete; most majors require that
some or all of the lower division major requirements be completed before
you may be accepted into the major. Since you are expected to be accepted
into a major by the time you have completed 60 units, these lower division
major requirements should be planned into your program for the first two
years. It is possible for you to plan a program that would include preparation
for more than one major, an easy task if the majors in question have some
lower division requirements in common.
Some majors are very crowded and cannot accommodate all applicants.
You should consult closely with the departments in which you have an interest
to learn of any restrictions that have been placed on entry to the major.
Declaration and Change of Major
Regulations and procedures for declaring the major vary for
each college. You may, at any time up to the last semester of residence,
file a petition for a change of major. (This policy does not apply to students
in the College of Engineering.) You must secure approval for this action
from the dean or other authorized person in the college or department to
which you are transferring.
Preparation for Graduate Study
If you are preparing for study toward a higher degree, you
should learn, as early as possible, the entrance and degree requirements
of your graduate field, in order to include all prerequisite steps in your
African American Studies, B.A.
American Studies, B.A.
Art (History of), B.A.
Art (Practice of), B.A.
Asian Studies, B.A.
Asian American Studies, B.A.
Business Administration, B.S. 1
Celtic Studies, B.A.
Chemical Engineering, B.S.
Chemistry, B.A. or B.S. 2
Chicano Studies, B.A.
Chinese Language, B.A.
Classical Civilization, B.A.
Classical Languages, B.A.
Cognitive Science, B.A.
Comparative Literature, B.A.
Computer Science, B.A. or B.S. 3
Conservation and Resource Studies, B.S.
Dance and Performance Studies, B.A.
Development Studies, B.A.
Dutch Studies, B.A.
Earth and Planetary Science, B.A.
Undergraduate tracks: Geology, Geophysics, Environmental Earth Science, Atmospheric Science, Marine Science
Engineering and Engineering Science, B.S.
Undergraduate majors: Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical
and Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Nine Double Major
Programs, Engineering Mathematics and Statistics, Engineering Physics, Engineering
Science, Environmental Engineering Science, Industrial Engineering and Operations
Research, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical
Engineering, Nuclear Engineering
Environmental Economics and Policy, B.S.
Environmental Sciences, B.A., B.S. 4
Ethnic Studies, B.A.
Genetics and Plant Biology, B.S.
Integrative Biology, B.A.
Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major, B.A.
Italian Studies, B.A.
Japanese Language, B.A.
Landscape Architecture, B.A.
Latin American Studies, B.A.
Legal Studies, B.A.
Mass Communications, B.A.
Mathematics, Applied, B.A.
Microbial Biology, B.S.
Middle Eastern Studies, B.A.
Molecular and Cell Biology, B.A.
Molecular Environmental Biology, B.S.
Native American Studies, B.A.
Near Eastern Studies, B.A.
Nutritional Sciences, B.S.
Optometry, B.S., O.D. 5
Peace and Conflict Studies, B.A.
Physical Sciences Field Major, B.A.
Political Economy of Industrial Societies, B.A.
Political Science, B.A.
Religious Studies, B.A.
Resource Management, B.S.
Scandinavian, B.A. (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish)
Slavic Languages and Literatures, B.A.
Social Welfare, B.A.
South and Southeast Asian Studies, B.A.
Theater and Performance Studies, B.A
Vision Science, B.S.6
Women's Studies, B.A.
1 The Haas School of Business requires completion of 60 semester units for admission into its program.
2 A chemistry major may be taken either in the College of Chemistry (B.S.) or in the College of Letters and Science (B.A.).
3 Computer science may be studied either in the College of Engineering
(B.S. in computer science and engineering) or in the College of Letters and
4 An environmental sciences major may be taken either in the College
of Natural Resources (B.S.) or in the College of Letters and Science (B.A.).
5 Admission into the optometry program requires a bacheloršs degree.
6 Applicants interested in vision science should apply for optometry and contact an adviser after admission.