Change of College

Students from other colleges/schools at UC Berkeley (Letters and Science, Engineering, Natural Resources, etc.) who enter as freshmen may apply for on-campus transfer to the College of Chemistry after completing two full semesters at Berkeley. We strongly suggest that students adopt our curriculum as soon as they have decided to transfer into our college.

Students who enter as junior transfers are generally ineligible to change into the College of Chemistry, though some exceptions may apply.

Procedures

  1. Familiarize yourself with the curriculum and degree requirements for the major you're interested in. 
  2. Please complete this survey: https://forms.gle/q6v8FVVmoMwRMprx9 - this helps keep track of change of college students.

  3. Forms

Spring 2020 Update to Change of College/Major Procedures:

  • Students will be considered for a change of major/change of college with P grades only for Spring 2020.
  • Request that your instructors send letter grades to you for your CoC eligibility courses and then combine the emailed grades to your change of college petition 
  • Combine petition, supplemental materials/forms, and emailed grades as one PDF document (here's a tutorial) to Korshid Tarin, ktarin@berkeley.edu by Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
  • We will look at a student's entire record when deciding whether to approve or not
  • Decisions will be emailed to you around June 15, 2020

REQUIREMENTS FOR CHANGING INTO CHEMISTRY OR CHEMICAL BIOLOGY

Students must complete the following to be eligible to change into the College of Chemistry:

Earn A's and B's in the courses below:

Chem 4A, 4B (Chem 1A/L and 1B may be substituted - must take Chem 105 as junior or senior)

Physics 7A or 8A (for Chemical Biology only)

Math 1A, 1B

REQUIREMENTS FOR CHANGING INTO CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

There are very few spaces available in the Chemical Engineering major each year. Students who wish to change into Chemical Engineering must meet the following criteria to be considered for eligibility:

1) Earn a combined GPA of 3.3+ in the following courses:

Chem 4A, 4B (1A/L and 1B may be substituted)

Physics 7A, 7B

Math 1A, 1B, 53

CBE 40, 140

2) Complete CBE 140

Please note that meeting these criteria does not guarantee entrance into the major.

Acceptable Course Substitutions

The College of Chemistry commonly accepts the following course substitutions for students changing into Chemistry, Chemical Biology, or Chemical Engineering from other colleges at UC Berkeley:

Chem 1A + 1AL = Chem 4A

Chem 1A/L + Chem 1B (must take Chem 105 as junior or senior) = Chem 4A + Chem 4B (for Chemistry and Chemical Biology majors)

Chem 1A/L + Chem 1B = Chem 4A + Chem 4B (Chemical Engineering majors)

Chem 3A/L = Chem 12A

Chem 3B/L = Chem 12B

Additional Questions

For more information please email Korshid Tarin at ktarin@berkeley.edu.

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