University of California, Berkeley requires a minimum of 120 credits to complete a bachelor's degree.
If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. UC Berkeley accepts transfer credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, UC Berkeley does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 93% of students who start college at UC Berkeley complete all the credits required within six years.
UC Berkeley offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: UC Berkeley may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
UC Berkeley has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement, but there is a math and science requirement.
Students do not have to take a computer class.
Reminder: Check with UC Berkeley directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, UC Berkeley students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at UC Berkeley.
Student Designed Majors
UC Berkeley allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
UC Berkeley does not require students to complete a senior project.
Double Majoring at UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Declaring a double major may require more work but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.
✅ UC Berkeley offers services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
✅ UC Berkeley has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.
🟨 UC Berkeley may offer credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Check with the school directly for any information on AP transfer credit.
✅ UC Berkeley offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at UC Berkeley.
❌ Students at UC Berkeley are not required to complete an internship as a graduation requirement.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While UC Berkeley does not require internships for students of any major, internships can help students gain hands-on work experience for their resume, and explore career paths that interest them without committing to one path.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.
UC Berkeley does not have any dual degree programs available for students.
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does UC Berkeley have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
UC Berkeley has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at UC Berkeley include:
•an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus
•a Navy ROTC branch unit on campus
•an Air Force branch unit on campus
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