Divisions & Units - Undergraduate Studies

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.

Council of Undergraduate Deans

The Council of Undergraduate Deans is an advisory group to the executive vice chancellor and provost, chaired by the dean of Undergraduate Studies. The council plays a central planning role for undergraduate education, with particular attention to issues and policies that cut across the colleges and professional schools. This group consists of the most senior administrator in charge of undergraduate programs in each of the five colleges and in those professional schools that have at least one undergraduate program.

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.

Check out the Biology Scholars Program's new website!

August 30, 2018

UC Berkeley's prestigious Biology Scholars Program has a revamped website. Check it out!

Student research: Tuning into human emotion via music

August 29, 2018

Gregory Devine, a senior neurobiology and music double major, worked through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program to study music as a form of emotion regulation with an eye to developing new forms of therapy. Devine was one of two recipients of a fellowship sponsored by the Leadership Fund, a donor-supported resource also responsible for student services such as Big Ideas courses and the On the Same Page program for incoming freshmen.

Podcast: Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood: ‘Things can change a lot faster than you think’

August 28, 2018

Berkeley News sat down with Margaret Atwood for a few minutes before her appearance on campus last week to discuss the recent revival of interest in The Handmaid's Tale, which was selected for this year's On The Same Page program. The program, which is funded by L&S, gave all 8,800 incoming students a copy of the novel to read over the summer, and its themes will be incorporated into this semester's coursework.

Only at Cal: New class teaches undergrads how to ‘CRISPR’

August 21, 2018

For three weeks in July and August, 30 undergraduates took a summer course to learn how to use the revolutionary gene-editing technology in preparation for jumping into the research lab while still students. Read more...

L&S First Lecture Series at Golden Bear Orientation

July 20, 2018

Attention incoming L&S students! Join some of our amazing faculty for fun and insightful lectures during Golden Bear Orientation on Thursday, August 16. Get a taste of what's in store for you this fall!

10:30-11:50am

Eileen Lacey: What Can Peromyscus, Promiscuity and Poop Tell Us About Human Behavior? (Haas Pavilion)

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.

From Cambodia’s killing fields to commencement at UC Berkeley

May 4, 2018

As a girl, L&S senior Chansitha Ouk didn’t go to school. Born in Cambodia during the civil war between the Cambodian government and the Khmer Rouge, Ouk grew up in a refugee camp in Thailand. But on Saturday, May 12, she will join more than 5,000 graduating seniors at UC Berkeley as they make their joyous walk across the Greek Theatre stage — a feat she never dreamed possible.