Enrollment Advising

Enrollment Advising

During the coronavirus outbreak, CoCUSS advisers will be available for virtual advising only.

Advising Period for Spring 2021 Enrollment is October 1-16.

We strongly recommend that you set up a Zoom or phone meeting with a faculty mentor during the Advising Period. Faculty mentors are there to guide and support your academic and professional development.

Your staff adviser in 121 Gilman  is available to guide you in course selection, completion of degree requirements, and other academic decision-making. Use these links to College of Chemistry degree requirements to plan your Spring 2021 schedule:

Chemistry and Chemistry Transfer Program
Chemical Biology and Chemical Biology Transfer Program
Chemical Engineering and Chemical Engineering Transfer Program
Chemical Engineering Joint Majors

PLEASE NOTE: You will have an advising hold placed on your Spring 2021 enrollment if you fall into one of these categories:

  • New freshman or transfer student
  • Graduating in Spring 2021
  • Academic probation
  • Received a midterm deficient grade in a required course
  • Joint major or simultaneous degree
  • Recently readmitted or changed in to CoChem

TO RELEASE THE HOLD: You must complete a Planned Class Schedule form and email it to your staff adviser by October 1. If you are on academic probation or you received a midterm deficient grade you are also REQUIRED to meet virtually with your adviser.  Please use these YouCanBookMe links to make an appointment:

Korshid Tarin (last name A-F)
Jahzeel Flores Morales (G-R)
Shamaya Pellum (S-Z)
Onisha Barham (S-T, graduating in Sp 2022, 2023, & 2024)
Maura Daly (you know who you are)

If you do not fall into one of these categories, you’re not required to turn in a Planned Class Schedule or meet with your adviser, though you’re welcome to if you wish.

Important Spring 2021 Enrollment Dates

  • September 27 — Phase I enrollment appointments available in CalCentral
  • October 1-16 — Advising Period
  • October 12 — Phase I begins (enroll in up to 13.5 units, including wait-listed units)
  • November 8 —Phase I ends
  • November 12 — Phase II begins (enroll in up to 17.5 units, including wait-listed units)
  • January 10 — Phase II ends
  • January 11 — Adjustment period begins (add additional units up to 19.5)

Spring 2021 Phase I Enrollment Appointment Schedule

Enrollment appointment dates are based on # of terms in attendance and status. Appointments begin during the specified period below, and continue until November 8.

  • Special action: begins 10/12
  • Graduating seniors: 10/14-10/15
  • 4th years: 10/16
  • 3rd years: 10/19-10/21
  • 2nd years: 10/22-10/26
  • 1st years: 10/27-10/28

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Enrolling in Classes

The College of Chemistry unit minimum is 13; the maximum is 19.5. If you plan to enroll in fewer than 13 or more than 19.5 units, please complete the undergraduate student petition and turn it in to your staff adviser.

Exception: If you plan to graduate at the end of the semester, you are not required to get approval to enroll in fewer than 13 units.

Low Grades: If you receive a grade of D+ or lower in a chemical engineering or chemistry course for which a grade of C- or higher is required, you must repeat the course at UC Berkeley.

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Class Schedule Change Deadlines

If you wish to make any changes to your Planned Class Schedule after it is approved, you are required to contact your staff adviser for approval of the changes. Failure to obtain staff adviser approval before you make changes can result in disciplinary action.

  • Through the middle of the fourth week of classes, changes that have been approved by your staff adviser can be processed using Cal Central.
  • After the middle of the fourth week of classes, you will not be permitted to add or drop a course unless you obtain the Undergraduate Dean's approval for an exception. 

Details on deadlines to add and drop courses and to change grading options are as follows:

  • End of the SECOND week of instruction
    • Deadline to drop Early Drop Deadline (EDD) courses
  • Middle of FOURTH week of instruction
    • Deadline to add courses
    • Deadline to drop non-EDD courses
  • End of the FIFTH week of instruction
    • Deadline to change grading option

Note: Check with the instructor before adding a class that you have not been attending to make sure that you can catch up with the class. The lectures and course work you have missed may diminish your chances of performing well in the course.

Charts of the deadline dates can be found at:

Requests to change your schedule after the deadlines are subject to approval by the Undergraduate Dean and will be processed on an exception basis only. EXCEPTIONS WILL BE GRANTED ONLY IN EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES. 

If you have any questions, please drop by the Undergraduate Advising Office in 121 Gilman Hall, or contact your college adviser.

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Transfer & Exam Credit Info

New Students: All credit-bearing exams (e.g. AP, IB, GCE A-Level) and transfer course-work submitted by new freshmen and transfer students prior to their arrival at Berkeley is reviewed by Berkeley's Central Evaluation Unit as part of the initial transfer credit review process. This review process is generally completed by mid-October for students admitted to Berkeley in the fall semester.

After the initial transfer credit review is complete, please direct any questions or concerns about missing transfer work to the Central Evaluation Unit by opening a case with Cal Student Central.

Continuing students in the College of Chemistry who wish to satisfy requirements at another institution are subject to the following restrictions:

  • Prior to enrolling in a course at another institution which could satisfy a required chemical engineering, chemistry, English, math, or physics course, you must request approval from your staff adviser.
  • If you wish to enroll concurrently at UC Berkeley and another institution, you must request approval from the Undergraduate Dean prior to the beginning of the semester. Approval for concurrent enrollment is rarely granted.

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Advising Period

Advising Period for Spring 2021 Enrollment is October 1-16.