Enrollment Advising


Enrollment Advising

Advising Period for Fall 2018 Enrollment is April 2-13

NEW: Effective Spring 2018, students are no longer required to meet with members of the faculty during the advising period. Instead, faculty will concentrate on mentoring: guiding and supporting 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 Fall 2018 schedule:

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

PLEASE NOTE: You will have an advising hold placed on your Fall 2018 enrollment if you fall into one of these categories:

  • Graduating in Fall 2018
  • Academic probation
  • Joint major or simultaneous degree
  • Recently changed in, or are changing out, of CoChem
  • Received one or more mid-term deficient grades

TO RELEASE THE HOLD: You must complete a Planned Class Schedule form and meet with your staff adviser during the advising period, April 2-13. Please use these YouCanBookMe links to make an appointment:

Catherine Bouvier Dang (last name A-G, changing-out-of-college adviser)
Sanjeev Chahal (H-Me)
Shamaya Pellum (Mi-T)
Maura Daly (U-Z)

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 Fall 2018 Enrollment Dates

March 29 -- Phase I enrollment appointments available in CalCentral
April 2-13 -- Advising Period
April 16 -- Phase I begins (enroll in up to 13.5 units, including wait-listed units)
June 15 -- Phase I ends
July 23 -- Phase II begins (enroll in up to 17.5 units, including wait-listed units)
Aug. 12 -- Phase II ends
Aug. 13 -- Adjustment period begins (add additional units up to 19.5)

Fall 2018 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 June 15.

Special action: begins 4/16
Graduating seniors: 4/18-4/20
4th years: 4/23-4/25
3rd years: 4/26-4/30
2nd years: 5/1-5/3
1st years: 5/4

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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.

Note: If you enroll in 10 units or fewer, you may be eligible for a fee reduction. Fee reductions are granted only to those with compelling reasons related to occupation (full-time, regular career employment of at least 35 hours per week), family responsibility, or health.

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 third week of classes, changes that have been approved by your staff adviser can be processed using Cal Central.
  • After the third week of classes, you can use Cal Central to add courses. However, to drop courses, or change grading option, you must fill out a petition for change of class schedule and obtain your staff adviser's signature.
  • After the fifth 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. If you are approved to drop a course after the fifth week, you will have a permanent notation on your transcript.

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

  • End of the SECOND week of instruction (midnight on Friday)
    • Deadline to drop Early Drop Deadline (EDD) courses
  • End of the FIFTH week of instruction (4 p.m. on Friday)
    • Deadline to drop courses (other than EDD courses)
    • Deadline to change grading option from pass/not pass to a letter grade
    • Deadline to change the unit value on variable-unit courses
  • End of the FIFTH week of instruction (midnight on Friday)
    • Deadline to add all courses (via Cal Central)

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.

  • End of the TENTH week of instruction (4 p.m. on Friday)
    • Deadline to change grading option from a letter grade to pass/not pass

Note: You are advised to initially enroll in all courses on a letter-graded basis since the deadline to change to P/NP is much later than the deadline to change to a letter grade from P/NP.

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 are approved to drop a course after the deadline, a permanent notation will appear on your transcript.

The above changes have two important consequences for students:

  1. If you are interested in adding a class that is full, you must put yourself on the waiting list so that a departmental staff person can move you into the class if a seat opens up. Departments will have the option of manually processing waiting lists through the end of the fifth week.
  2. If you are no longer interested in enrolling in a class for which you are waitlisted, it is essential that you remove your name from the waiting list so that you won't be added to the class and then have no way to drop it after the deadline.

Your waiting list status will appear on your Cal Central schedules through the end of the fifth week.

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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Additional Transfer Credit

Students in the College of Chemistry are subject to the following restrictions concerning additional transfer credit:

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

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