If you’re a new student, enroll in 13-15 units. Be flexible, you have lots of choices!
Freshmen should enroll in lower division courses numbered 1-99 (exceptions noted below).
Be fully enrolled by the end of Phase I, and in at least 13 units by the beginning of classes. Don’t count on getting into waitlisted courses!
- Entry-Level Writing – If you’ve already taken the Analytical Writing Exam and need to satisfy Entry-level Writing, enroll in College Writing R1A, which includes the 1st half of R&C and is worth 6 units. Review College Writing Programs for course descriptions and reading lists.
- R&C – Review the Reading & Composition (R&C) requirement for a list of departments that offer R&C courses, and then check the departments’ web sites for course descriptions and reading lists. R&C part A and R&C part B must be taken in sequential order. The two halves may be taken in different departments.
- Major exploration – Take pre-requisites or sample courses for 2 or 3 prospective majors.
- Many students fulfill American History & Institutions requirements in high school. International students should review the Berkeley Academic Guide for information about waiving these requirements.
- Quantitative Reasoning – Stat 2 is good choice for non-math students. Students may also complete this requirement by passing a test offered by the Math department.
- Foreign Language – Most classes meet and may have homework due daily, so consider impact on schedule and workload.
- Seven-Course Breadth – Pre-approved courses for each breadth are listed on our site. Breadth courses can also satisfy major requirements and the American Cultures requirement.
- American Cultures – Use CalCentral or go to American Cultures to find courses.
- Electives, Seminars, Adjunct courses, and courses: – You may need other courses to reach 120 units minimum. Explore outside your comfort zone and switch to P/NP by the end of the 10th week if necessary. Transition courses like Education 98, Chem P, or L&S1 help you adjust to Berkeley.
- Freshmen and Freshman and Sophomore Seminars. 1-4 units, small classes.
- Education 98/198 – 1-2 units, Study strategies for success. Offered by the Student Learning Center and topics vary each semester.
- Math 98 – Support courses to take concurrently with Math 32 (pre-calculus), Math 1A & B, Math 16A and Stat 134. Offered by the Student Learning Center.
- L&S 1 - Exploring the liberal arts. 2 units, P/NP, for freshmen only. Offered fall semester only.
- Chem P – Chem 1A prep course, no credit, offered summer and fall semesters only. Recommended for students who haven’t taken chemistry since sophomore year of High School, or want a refresher so they can strengthen their skills for Chem 1A. Offered by the Student Learning Center. 1st half - review of high school chem, 2nd half - preview of Chem 1A.
- Poli Sci 179 - Undergraduate colloquium in Political Science. OK for freshmen. 1 unit, P/NP, different guest speaker each week. May be repeated each semester. A good way to pick up a 13th unit.
- DeCal Courses -Taught by students on a wide variety of interesting topics.