Colleges & Schools

UC Berkeley is renowned for the rigorous academic standards of its undergraduate programs. Our academic enterprise consists of 14 colleges and schools, most of which are subdivided into departments. Undergraduates apply to and study within one of the five colleges.

College of Letters and Science

The College of Letters and Science sets undergraduate students on the intellectual adventure of their lives with a vibrant, broad-based liberal arts education. You participate in projects at the forefront of science, solve pressing social problems, create art, explore diverse cultures, and seek answers to the biggest questions of our times.

College of Chemistry

The College of Chemistry offers fundamental knowledge of all fields of chemistry. There are lecture courses in the general areas of inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, plus many more specialized courses including analytical, nuclear, and biophysical chemistry and chemical biology.

College of Engineering

Berkeley Engineering is a national leader in engineering education, with students and researchers from around the world drawn to our department by its outstanding reputation, internationally recognized faculty, and tradition of impact in research and teaching. The College includes departments of Bioengineering; Civil & Environmental Engineering; Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences; Industrial Engineering & Operations Research; Materials Science & Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; and Nuclear Engineering.

The Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology (M.E.T.) Program is a new program for students interested in a major from both the College of Engineering and the Haas School of Business.

College of Environmental Design

The College of Environmental Design undergraduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban studies combine general education with a broad introduction to the environmental design professions and emphasize the value that what we build must be ethically, socially, and ecologically appropriate. These programs equip students for work in these and related fields, or graduate study, or both.

College of Natural Resources

The College of Natural Resources addresses biological, social, and economic challenges associated with protecting natural resources and the environment. CNR's undergraduate academic programs teach students how to ensure economic and ecological sustainability for future generations.

Haas School of Business

Business Administration is only available to junior transfer applicants. Students who earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the Haas School of Business Undergraduate Program possess the knowledge and technical skills necessary to understand the modern business world, to achieve the highest levels of success in their professional careers, and to prepare for subsequent graduate work.

The Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology (M.E.T.) Program is a new program for students interested in a major from both the College of Engineering and the Haas School of Business.


Berkeley offers excellent undergraduate preparation for medical and other health-related professional schools and sends an impressive number of students on to these graduate programs each year. Cal, like most universities, does not offer a specific “pre-med” major. Few colleges in the United States do, because there is no specific major required for admission to medical or other health-related schools. All students obtain a bachelor’s degree before admission to medical school. For students seeking admission to dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, and other health-related graduate programs, many have received a bachelor’s degree prior to admission.


Berkeley offers an excellent undergraduate education in a wide variety of majors that prepare you for entry into law school. Like most universities and colleges in the United States, Berkeley does not offer a major specifically called “pre-law” because law schools do not require any specific major for admission. Most law schools require a bachelor’s degree, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), strong letters of recommendation, and compelling personal insight questions for admission.

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Majors & Minors

Berkeley Academic Guide

American Cultures Requirement

Graduate & Professional Schools

Medical School Preparation

Law School Preparation