Divisions & Units - Undergraduate Studies

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.

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)

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.

Cal Museums: The Public, the Cryptic, the Pioneering

April 20, 2018
You may be aware that UC Berkeley has an impressive number of libraries (32 to be exact), but did you know that there are 12 museums/collections associated with the university as well? Many of these museums have curators who are also faculty in the College of Letters & Science, and many of our students end up working or volunteering with these collections. Cal Day is tomorrow (April 21), so in preparation, let’s take a look at what some of these hidden gems have to offer!

Dance and art, meet business: You're more alike than you think

March 14, 2018
When Kelly Chou, a freshman chemistry major, started at UC Berkeley last semester, she felt overwhelmed. She was taking all STEM classes and she was missing an outlet for her risk-taking, creative side. After participating in a design-a-thon in Jacobs Hall, she realized she needed a course where she could break out of the rigid structure of her undergraduate chemistry courses. So she enrolled in Collaborative Innovation, a Big Ideas course in the College of Letters and Science, and found just what she was looking for.

L&S Entrepreneurship Initiative

Entrepreneurship Opportunities in the College of Letters & Science