The College of Letters and Science (L&S), one of the largest and most prestigious teaching and research entities in the nation, stands at the heart of Berkeley’s intellectual preeminence and comprehensive excellence.
Our continued leadership in education, research, and public service depends on private philanthropy from our alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations. Gifts to Berkeley play an essential role both in sustaining fundamental traditions of excellence and in moving the university forward decisively.
Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies (UGIS) in Undergraduate Studies in the College of Letters & Science (L&S) serves as a center for innovations in undergraduate education that extend beyond traditional departmental boundaries. Our major and minor programs attract undergraduates who wish to explore the most intellectually engaging and promising interdisciplinary fields under the direction of scholars who are pioneers in charting these new areas and methods of inquiry.
With a visionary investment connecting life sciences to entrepreneurship, Mark and Stephanie Robinson are fast tracking innovation at UC Berkeley. The Robinsons have given a total of $10 million to support bio-entrepreneurship at Berkeley, creating resources for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty that leverage our university’s edge in basic science research while preparing the next generation of business leaders.
L&S Major Programs Administered through Other Schools and Colleges
In addition to the major programs administered through the College of Letters & Science's five divisions, L&S has agreements with several professional schools and colleges on campus for the following non-divisional undergraduate major programs:
Kai Koerber, a survivor of the Parkland school shooting, is now a first-year student majoring in computer science at Berkeley. In between classes and studying, Kai works to promote his nonprofit and mental health curriculum — something that he’s become passionate about since surviving one of the deadliest school shootings in the country.
A team including UC Berkeley students has built a tabletop neutron source that would be relatively inexpensive to reproduce and eventually portable and also able to produce a narrower range of neutron energies, minimizing the production of unwanted radioactive byproducts.
Transfer student Novene Cusseaux, from Vallejo, California, plans to study genetics and plant biology. “With genetics, there are a lot of things that haven’t been discovered yet. I just want to find out something new that we didn’t know existed... Now it should be my time to show my kids that you can do it at any age. You need to practice what you preach.”
Tate Archibald, 18, is a freshman from Santa Clara, California, and plans on double majoring in history and linguistics. “Not in a million years did I think that I would get into Berkeley or want to go to Berkeley," Tate says. "Then, I went to Cal Day, and I saw just how in love with the school every single person was... And I just knew that it was the kind of place I wanted to be.
Thousands of new UC Berkeley students gathered on the field of California Memorial Stadium on Tuesday for their formal class portrait. This year, the students formed the shape of a bear. Earlier efforts included a “150” in 2018 to celebrate Berkeley’s 150th birthday and a giant “C” in 2017 that set a world record for largest human letter.