High-Demand Majors

These majors have restrictions on who can declare them. If you pursue a high-demand major, be sure to fulfill the pre-requisites for a non-restricted alternative as well in case you are not admitted into your first choice.

Every year there are students who cannot get into their preferred major. (Hopefully this will not happen to you, but you need to be prepared.) This can be especially stressful for transfer students, who will need to declare another major fairly quickly. If you are a transfer student who is planning to attend Berkeley, and you are aiming for a high-demand major, we recommend that you find a non-restricted alternative that appeals to you and that you can declare if your original plan is not feasible.

For more information and help finding out which majors will be a good fit for you, please visit Choosing a Major, or make an appointment with a College Adviser. (Please note that newly admitted freshmen or transfer students may not schedule advising appointments until they have attended a orientation.)

L&S Departments are shown with sublistings of related majors. For information, review the Berkeley Academic Guide or the appropriate major department.
Entry requirements vary by major. Consult with your intended major department regarding major prerequisites, GPA guidelines, and deadlines to declare.

Art Practice
Other Majors to Consider:
History of Art, Interdisciplinary Studies

Cognitive Science
Other Majors to Consider: Anthropology, Computer Science, Linguistics, Psychology, Rhetoric, and Statistics

Computer Science
Other Majors to Consider:
Cognitive Science, Applied Mathematics, Philosophy, Statistics, Economics

Other Majors to Consider:
Environmental Economics & Policy, Political Science, Political Economy, Development Studies, Applied Mathematics, Statistics

Environmental Economics & Policy
Other Majors to Consider:
Environmental Sciences, Development Studies, Legal Studies, Political Economy

Media Studies (formerly Mass Communications)
Other Majors to Consider:
Rhetoric, Film, American Studies, Sociology

Operations Research and Management Systems (ORMS)
Other Majors to Consider:
Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Environmental Economics & Policy, Political Science

Political Economy
Other Majors to Consider:
Political Science, Environmental Economics & Policy, Legal Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Sociology

Other Majors to Consider:
American Studies, Integrative Biology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Sociology, Anthropology

Public Health
Other Majors to Consider:
American Studies, Social Welfare, Ethnic Studies, Gender & Women's Studies, Sociology, Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Economics & Policy, Integrative Biology

Social Welfare
Other Majors to Consider:
Sociology, Legal Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender & Women's Studies, Anthropology, Interdisciplinary Studies

Other Majors to Consider:
Public Health, Applied Mathematics, Economics, Sociology, Psychology