Curriculum Changes Effective Fall 2017

Chem 112A and 112B Changing to Chem 12A and 12B

The Chem 112A and 112B course numbers are changing to Chem 12A and 12B, beginning Fall 2017. Since most students take these courses in their second year, the Chemistry Department decided they should be considered lower-division courses. HOWEVER, the course material will NOT change — they will continue to be 5 units, and they will continue to fulfill the College of Chemistry's organic chemistry requirement(s). Also, the change from 112A/B to 12A/B will have no impact on units required to graduate.

Change in Chemistry Major Allied Subject Requirement

In response to a UC-wide effort to reduce the number of upper division requirements in certain majors, the Chemistry department has reduced the allied subject requirement for the Chemistry major, from 15 to 12 units for students graduating Spring 2018 or later. For students graduating in Spring 2017, Summer 2017, and Fall 2017, the 15 unit allied subject requirement will remain in place.

Partial Credit Toward the Allied Subject Requirement for Certain Courses

Chem 103 for Chemistry Majors

Starting Fall 2017, Chemistry majors who take Chem 103 can only count 2 of the 3 units towards their Allied Subject requirement because of overlapping concepts with Chem 104A and 104B. However, students will receive the full 3 units of credit towards their GPA and the 120 unit graduation requirement.

Chem 104B for Chemical Biology Majors

Starting Fall 2017, Chemical Biology majors who take Chem 104B can only count 2 of the 3 units towards their Allied Subject requirement because of overlapping concepts with Chem 103. However, students will receive the full 3 units of credit towards their GPA and the 120 unit graduation requirement.

Chem 130B for Chemistry and Chem Bio Majors

Starting Fall 2017, Chemistry and Chemical Biology majors can only count 2 of the 3 units towards their Allied Subject requirement because of overlapping concepts with Chem 120A and 120B. However, students will receive the full 3 units of credit towards their GPA and the 120 unit requirement.

Changes to Chemical Engineering

Chem E 185 No Longer Required for Chem E & Joint Majors / CBE Breadth Requirement Increased to 22 units

CBE 185 (Technical Communication) will not be offered after Spring 2017 and will no longer be required for the Chemical Engineering and Joint Majors (course material on communication and ethics will be incorporated into CBE 40, 140, and 154). In place of CBE 185, students must take 3 additional units of breadth coursework.

  • Students who have completed or are completing CBE 185 need 19 units of breadth electives
  • Students who have NOT yet completed CBE 185 by the end of Spring 2017 must take 22 units of breadth electives
  • CBE 185 will no longer be a pre-requisite for CBE 154

Engineering 45 and 45L to be replaced by Materials Science and Engineering 45 and 45L

The Properties of Materials course (Engineering 45/L) will now be housed in Materials Science & Engineering and renamed MSE 45/L.

  • Since Fall 2016, Chem Eng students have been required to take 45 AND 45L.
  • These students are required​ take 3 units (instead of 4) of lower or upper-division Engineering Electives in addition to their concentration requirements.​
  • Students who completed E45 in Spring 2016 or earlier (3 units) must complete 4 units of upper- or lower-division engineering electives​.

Chemical Engineering Joint Major Changes

The ABET accreditation of the Chemical Engineering/Nuclear Engineering and Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering joint majors is in "sunset" mode, meaning that accreditation will be withdrawn after September 2017.The College of Engineering and College of Chemistry have agreed upon the following policies and procedures regarding the joint majors:

  1. Currently declared joint majors who complete their degree work prior to September 2017 will earn an ABET-accredited degree. No additional action is necessary.
  2. Currently declared joint majors completing their degree work after September 2017 must meet with designated department faculty representatives ASAP to work out an individual plan to complete a simultaneous major. The faculty representatives (listed below) will work with students to ensure they get an appropriate education without excessively burdensome changes to their degree program.
  3. Students admitted to UC Berkeley by fall 2016 who have not yet declared a joint major, and will graduate after September 2017, may declare a joint major and follow the path described in item 2 to pursue an accredited simultaneous degree path if desired.
  4. Any student admitted to UC Berkeley spring 2017 or later may declare a joint major with the understanding that the joint majors are no longer accredited by ABET. The joint majors in ChemE/MSE and ChemE/NucE will continue to exist alongside the single majors, but only the single majors will be ABET accredited. The joint majors offer innovative curricula that do not fit neatly into standard degree "boxes.” They will be similar to other innovative programs across the nation that are not ABET accredited, yet still provide a rigorous, quality education.