You are responsible for reviewing enrollment policies and ensuring the accuracy of your enrollments. Review this page and the Berkeley Guide Academic Policies. Your instructors, academic advisers, and the Office of the Registrar cannot enroll on your behalf.
In general, a standard course load is 15 units of course work per semester. L&S requires all students to take 13 units minimum each semester, except in cases where the dean has approved a course load with fewer units. Be aware of Deadlines Dates for Class Schedule Changes that apply only to regular fall and spring semesters.
Two years in the making, an ambitious program to introduce all 9,500 incoming students to UC Berkeley launches next Tuesday, Aug. 15. Golden Bear Orientation — eight jam-packed days of training sessions, ice breakers, tours and academic programming — is expected to be the largest orientation of its kind at a U.S. university, in terms of the number of students participating.
Supported in part by the College of Letters & Science Advisory Board and College Leadership Fund donors, an ambitious program to introduce all 9,500 incoming students to UC Berkeley launches Tuesday, Aug. 15. Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) — eight jam-packed days of training sessions, ice breakers, tours and academic programming — is expected to be the largest orientation of its kind at a U.S. university, in terms of the number of students participating.
Freshmen: If you are a newly admitted freshman, and need to postpone your enrollment at Berkeley, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to discuss deferral.
Freshmen & Transfers: Withdrawing or Cancelling your registration prior to the first day of instruction will result in a cancellation of your admission to Berkeley. If you wish to return at a later date, you would be subject to the application and selection process again.
Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. For a list of L&S minors, refer to the Berkeley Academic Guide or visit the appropriate academic department.
These majors have restrictions on who can declare them. If you pursue a high-demand major, be sure to fulfill the pre-requisites for a non-restricted alternative as well in case you are not admitted into your first choice.
Although University, College, and Berkeley campus requirements are essential components of the degree, your major program will be the central focus of the work you do for your Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Letters & Science. Students in a major program become familiar with the intellectual boundaries of a particular discipline, study particular aspects of that discipline in depth, and develop competence in the fundamental skills and methodologies related to it.