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Transfer Admissions Information by College

The requirements for admission as a transfer student vary by college. Requirements for all majors are available on or in the Berkeley Academic Guide. Visit the college websites for more information.

  • All colleges require a minimum of 60 semester (90 quarter) UC-transferable units by the end of the spring term prior to fall matriculation.
  • The colleges do not accept second bachelor’s degrees with the exception of the College of Chemistry’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology majors only. See college website for more details.
  • For colleges that require the Reading and Composition requirement, students with 4-year coursework can review Transfer Courses for Reading and Composition (by Institution)

College of Chemistry (B.S. Degree)

  • Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for admission to their specific major.

  • Completion of additional major prerequisites is strongly encouraged (see

  • Completion of Reading and Composition is required, but applicants do not need to complete all other general education requirements prior to admission.

  • More on College of Chemistry requirements for transfer students.

College of Engineering (B.S. Degree)

  • Requires strong preparation in math and physical sciences.

  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and have completed the equivalent of all required core UC Berkeley preparation courses (see to be eligible for admission.

  • If a series of courses is required, all courses in the series must be completed to receive credit. No partial credit is given.

  • The Intersegmental Generation Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) offered at California community colleges is not acceptable as completion of breadth.

  • More on College of Engineering admissions for transfer students.

College of Environmental Design (B.S. Degree)

  • Required freshman/sophomore core courses must be completed before admission.

  • Completion of IGETC from a California community college will meet breadth requirements.

  • More on College of Environmental Design requirements for transfer students.

Rausser College of Natural Resources (B.S. Degree)

Haas School of Business (B.S. Degree)

  • Complete all prerequisite courses with a letter grade of C- or higher, no more than five years before starting the business major.

  • All Haas Business School applicants are required to submit an additional writing sample and resume with the Application Update Form in January.

  • More on Haas School of Business admissions for transfer students.

College of Letters and Science (B.A. Degree)

Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 UC-transferable GPA by the end of the fall term when the application is submitted. General Education requirements must be completed by the end of the spring term immediately preceding enrollment by completing one of the following:

  • The entire IGETC pattern of courses, available only to students transferring directly from a California, community college. Consult your community college for details.

  • College of Letters and Science requirements (see for more information):

  • University of California Reciprocity Agreement (available to transfers from another UC campus)

More Information About the College of Letters & Science:

  • Students are admitted to the College, but not the major. Once enrolled at Berkeley, students are able to declare a major.

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