Minimum Academic Requirements

Minimum Course Grade Requirements

Students in the College of Chemistry who receive a grade of D+ or lower in a chemical and biomolecular engineering or chemistry course for which a grade of C- or higher is required must repeat the course at Berkeley.

Students in the College of Chemistry must achieve:

  • a C- or higher in Chemistry 4A before taking Chemistry 4B
  • a C- or higher in Chemistry 4B before taking more advanced courses
  • a C- or higher in Chemistry 12A before taking Chemistry 12B
  • a GPA of at least 2.0 in all courses taken in the college in order to advance to and continue in the upper division

Chemistry or chemical biology majors must also achieve:

  • a C- or higher in Chemistry 120A and 120B if taken before 125 or C182; and
  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all upper division courses taken at the University to satisfy major requirements

Chemical engineering students must also achieve:

  • a C- or higher in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) 140 before taking any other CBE courses
  • a C- or higher in CBE 150A to be eligible to take any other course in the 150 series
  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all upper division courses taken at the University to satisfy major requirements


Chemical engineering students who do not achieve a grade of C- or higher in CBE 140 on their first attempt are advised to change to another major. If the course is not passed with a grade of C- or higher on the second attempt, continuation in the Chemical Engineering program is normally not allowed.

Minimum Progress

To make normal progress toward a degree, undergraduates must successfully complete 30 units of coursework each year. The continued enrollment of students who do not maintain normal progress will be subject to the approval of the Undergraduate Dean. To achieve minimum academic progress, the student must meet two criteria:

  • Completed no fewer units than 15 multiplied by the number of semesters, less one, in which the student has been enrolled at Berkeley. Summer sessions do not count as semesters for this purpose.
  • A student's class schedule must contain at least 13 units in any term, unless otherwise authorized by the staff adviser or the Undergraduate Dean.

Academic Probation

Students in the College of Chemistry will be placed on academic probation and subject to dismissal from the University:

  • If at the end of any term they failed to attain at least a C average (2.0) for the courses in which they were enrolled for that term; or
  • If at the end of any term they failed to maintain at least a C average (2.0) overall for all courses taken at the University

Students on academic probation are placed under the supervision of the Undergraduate Dean. They may not take courses on a passed/not passed basis, with the exception of recreational physical education courses and courses offered only on a passed/not passed basis.

Minimum Academic Requirements for B.S. in Chemical Biology