Divisions & Units - Undergraduate Studies

California students to get later school start, thanks to Berkeley alum

October 17, 2019

California students have UC Berkeley alumna Lisa Lewis to thank for the extra winks they’ll be able to catch before starting the school day, under a law just signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The law, which goes into effect in 2022, makes California the first state in the country to mandate later start times for middle school and high school students.

With There There, an intellectual connection across campus

August 23, 2019

Tommy Orange, an Oakland native and author of the acclaimed novel There There, will speak in Berkeley Monday, August 26. The work, which centers around the Native American experience in the Bay Area, was selected by a faculty committee and a team of student reviewers for this year's On the Same Page Program, which attempts to unite all incoming Freshmen by providing them with a copy of the same written work to read over the summer.

L&S Units A-Z

The College of Letters & Science supports an impressive array of learning opportunities, evident in the departments, programs, centers, majors, minors, and instructional support units below.

Academic Enrichment Programs & Courses

URAP

Athena Trakadas, a URAP Summer Stipend recipient, at an excavation site in Greece with her faculty mentor, Professor Stephen Miller.

Undergraduate Research Program

Berkeley is unique for its commitment to including undergraduate students in research enterprises, as evidenced by the fact that more undergraduates at Berkeley go on to earn Ph.D.’s than at any other college or university. The Office of Undergraduate Research helps students map out a strategy, connect with faculty and mentors, and obtain funding opportunities to support their research.

Research Programs

In general, there are two ways in which undergraduates get involved in research projects at UC Berkeley:

Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies

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.

Uranus and Neptune are more interesting than we thought, new images show

February 7, 2019

UC Berkeley researchers, both faculty and students, are jumping in to interpret new images of the planet Uranus and Neptune recently released by NASA. The images reveal clues to the planets' weather, including massive year-long storms.

Undergraduate Studies

Bob JacobsenThe Division of Undergraduate Studies, serving approximately 19,000 students at UC Berkeley, is led by Dean Bob Jacobsen, a professor of physics.  He oversees the division's undergraduate advising, student policy, interdisciplinary major programs, and academic enrichment programs serving both L&S and the campus as a whole.

From ‘Mic Woman’ to NFL Play-by-Play, Kate Scott ’05 Talks Trailblazing

January 19, 2019

Kate Scott, Mass Communications ’05 is familiar with taking the road less traveled, from being Cal’s first female “mic man” to the first woman to call football on Pac-12 Networks. The Cal Alumni Association sat down with Scott to find out more about her journey, and to get tips for recent graduates facing the unpaved road ahead.

Non-Divisional Majors of the College of Letters & Science

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: