LS Advising

L&S Undergraduate Orientation

Welcome to the College of Letters & Science!

The Office of Undergraduate Advising can help you make sure all degree requirements are complete, your academic plan is balanced and manageable, and you explore enrichment opportunities. To help with your transition to Berkeley, it is important that you follow this checklist.


1. Review the Planning section of our site.  This describes what it takes to graduate and how to plan your studies to make the most of your experience at Berkeley.

What To Do on Probation

1) Meet with an L&S College Adviser and keep in touch all semester long. Schedule an appointment to meet a College Adviser at anytime.

2) Take care of yourself. Don't forget to eat right and to get enough sleep. If you are feeling very stressed out by probation or by anything else, please contact the Tang Center counselors at (510) 642-9494.

Prospective & Continuing Undergraduate Students

Academic Programs

Visit the Arts & Humanities undergraduate website to learn more about the majors, minors and other academic offerings for undergraduates. There is also information about undergraduate research and career preparation for Arts & Humanities majors.

Academic Advising

Undergraduate Advising exchanges same-day for drop-in at Evans Hall

January 19, 2018
The College of Letters and Science Office of Undergraduate Advising will be temporarily suspending the CalCentral appointment-scheduling tool. We will provide drop-in advising and pre-scheduled appointments beginning Monday, October 2, 2017.

Erin Warren

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
November 2017

B.A. in Communication Studies from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (2015)

About me:
I'm a Los Angeles native, lived in sunny San Luis Obispo during my undergrad career, but have called the Bay Area home for the past two years. I absolutely love travelling (just visited Iceland as country #20!), hiking, camping trips, going to concerts, listening to podcasts, and drinking good coffee with loved ones.

Reading & Composition Requirement

Satisfying Reading and Composition By Exam




Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition 4 Part A
Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition 5 Parts A & B
Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition 4 or 5 Part A

Quantitative Reasoning

Satisfying the Quantitative Reasoning By Exam


Minimum Score Required to Satisfy Quantitative Reasoning

SAT Math Section on exams administered January 2016 and PRIOR 600
SAT Math Section on exams administered March 2016 and BEYOND 620
SAT Subject Test, Math Level 2 520
ACT - Math Portion 28
Advanced Placement Exams in Calculus AB or BC

Transfers at Berkeley

Transfer students come to Berkeley well-prepared for what lies ahead. They understand the importance of time management, planning, communicating with professors, and effective study strategies. However, even with such excellent preparation, Berkeley does have a few surprising differences in store for new transfer students.

Four Year Planner

Freshman Year - 0 to 29 units

  • Complete Golden Bear Advising.
  • Familiarize yourself with campus resources and L&S advising resources.
  • Explore possible majors – Use the Berkeley Academic Guide to learn about various majors, identify prerequisite courses, and review course descriptions. Visit department websites and your potential undergraduate major adviser (UMA).

Declaring a Major

Ideally students should declare a major by the conclusion of their fourth term, excluding summers. Transfer students should declare a major by the end of their first term.