1. Introduction

No doubt about it, the Berkeley EECS Department is large. With over 600 graduate students, approximately 1000 undergraduates, more than 100 faculty (including active emeriti who are willing to serve as advisors), and scores of nonacademic staff, the Department is larger than many independent colleges. But there is no reason to feel overwhelmed by the size of the department or to be intimidated by the fabled Berkeley bureaucracy. The faculty and staff are here to assist you and this manual will help you to help yourself. Reading it is sure to save you a lot of time.

In the following sections, we provide some basic information that you need to know about the organization of the EECS Department. Please keep in mind that the information noted in the Handbook may change each academic year. In addition, the rules stated do not include every possible scenario. If a situation is not specifically stated, this does not necessarily mean that is possible or impossible. Please check with your Staff Graduate Advisor or your faculty advisor if you have questions of your academic progress.

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