LS Advising

High-Demand Majors

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.

Undergraduate Advising Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Letters & Science Office of Undergraduate Advising is to:

  • Encourage intellectual curiosity, and stimulate academic and career exploration,
  • Promote the benefits and value of a liberal arts education,
  • Foster student development and success, and
  • Promote timely progress towards graduation.

Student Learning Outcomes

Statistics alum working to make Pittsburg a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants

March 20, 2017

Arturo Fernandez, a Berkeley alum, is leading the Pittsburg Sanctuary Organizing Committee currently working  to make Pittsburg a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.

Strategies for Course Selection

If you’re a new student, enroll in 13-15 units. Be flexible, you have lots of choices!

Freshmen should enroll in lower division courses numbered 1-99 (exceptions noted below).

Be fully enrolled by the end of Phase I, and in at least 13 units by the beginning of classes. Don’t count on getting into waitlisted courses!

Enrichment - L&S Undergraduate Advising

Academic enrichment opportunities serve students at every stage of their undergraduate careers. Below is a sample of enrichment opportunities used by L&S students.

Big Ideas@Berkeley

Berkeley Connect

Cal in the Capital

Passed/Not Passed Grades

The Passed/Not Passed (P/NP) grading option was designed to encourage students to explore new academic areas or take challenging, far-ranging courses without undue concern about grades. Passed grades require a level of performance at least equal to a letter grade of C-. Neither P nor NP grades affect the UC grade point average. 

Cyril Nierva Nguyen

College Adviser

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
July 2016

MA, Post-secondary Educational Leadership in Student Affairs, San Diego State University, 2010
BA, Psychology, CSU Northridge, 2001

November 1 is the Readmission deadline

If you need a Readmission appointment, and cannot schedule an appointment with a College Adviser by the deadline, please come in to 206 Evans Hall to get the application date stamped by Nov. 1.   Then schedule an appointment in the next week or two as appointments become more available. Students can mail their applications if they’re out of the area, and we will accept the Nov. 1 date stamp on the envelope. 

-The Office of Undergraduate Advising

Alicia Mandac

College Adviser

Joined the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising in:
July 2016

What is your approach to advising?
While my main role is to advise on degree requirements, I am equally concerned with your personal growth and development during your time at Cal. There is much more to college than the classes you take and the grades you earn. As your adviser, my goal is to provide you with the support and guidance you need to make sure you have a fulfilling college experience inside and outside the classroom.