2013-2014 Undergraduate Handbook

6. Advising and Support

  1. Orientation
  2. Academic Advising
  3. Changing Your Option
  4. Tutoring
  5. Personal Advising and Counseling
  6. In Times of Stress
  7. Career Advising
  8. Special Support Services
  9. Financial Support Advising and Emergency Loans
  10. Berkeley International Office (BIO)
  11. Scholarships

  1. Orientation

    CalSO (Cal Student Orientation) programs, administered by the Office of New Student Services helps incoming freshmen (and their parents) and transfer students make a smooth transition to campus life. The CalSO counselors are a diverse group of 40 undergraduates who have spent over five months in training, learning about university academic and support services. During the summer, CalSO puts together an orientation program for students and parents. New students receive academic counseling and are able to register for classes through Tele-BEARS, an interactive computer system that allows you to enroll in courses through the Tele-BEARS website. Students who miss CalSO will receive lowest priority for enrolling in courses. We strongly recommend that you attend (financial assistance for doing so is available). For more comprehensive information, visit CalSO on the web. A brochure on CalSO is available from their office, 2610 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA, 94720-2272; 510-642-4970.

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  2. Academic Advising

    Your EECS Faculty Adviser will meet with you to discuss your schedule and academic progress twice a year (April and October), prior to course registration. You will need to meet with your Adviser in order to receive your Advising Code, which you will use to enroll in classes via Tele-BEARS. Faculty Advisers keep regular weekly office hours throughout the school year for the purpose of giving advice on academic problems, career objectives, long-term program planning, etc. You will be prompted by email to review your Faculty Adviser's status on the Faculty Advising website in March and in October. If you do not know who your Faculty Adviser is or if you have any other questions, you may check the Faculty Advising website or come to the EECS Center for Student Affairs in 205 Cory Hall. For additional information visit the EECS Undergraduate Advising webpage.

    Your Engineering Student Services (ESS) Adviser in the College of Engineering (230 Bechtel Hall) provides administrative assistance and advice on college policy, and monitors your progress from admission through graduation. They will assist you in planning your lower-division program, explain graduation requirements, interpret college policy and regulations, explain petitions, and make referrals to other units on campus. Return all petitions turned into The Center for Student Affairs Office in 205Cory for approval to 230 Bechtel Engineering Student Services (ESS) Advisers and staff are available for drop-in counseling. Refer to the online advising schedule.

    The Center for Student Affairs is located in 205 Cory Hall. The EECS Center for Student Affairs (CSA) was established in 1998 and consolidates, in a single office, both academic and referral services for all EECS undergraduates. All of the programs sponsored by CSA are designed to foster academic success and retention of undergraduates. All of the programs sponsored by CSA are designed to foster your academic success and to help you finish your degree in spite of any obstacles you may be facing. The Center develops and provides information and orientations for applicants and current Berkeley EECS freshman and transfer students, as well as workshops and mentoring programs for current undergrads in EECS. The Center presents programs about the transition to industry and to give you the chance to meet a wide variety of professionals working in academia, as well as industry.

    Undergraduate peer advisers who are members of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch organize group advising meetings during the Tele-BEARS advising period each semester (October & April). Peer advisers provide information from a student's perspective on specific courses, faculty, and the department. More information can be found in the Faculty Advising web page

    Among the many informal sources of information and advice, the EECS Student Course Survey prepared by Eta Kappa Nu is particularly helpful. It provides student evaluations of every instructor, teaching assistant, and course each semester. You can read the evaluations online by consulting their website.

    The College of Letters and Science (L&S) also provides Advisers for L&S undergraduates. There are two types of L&S Advisers. First, L&S College Advisers (113 Campbell Hall, 510-642-1483) will advise you on satisfaction of breadth requirements and will help you to find a major. Second, the Computer Science Adviser will advise on declaring the major and can help with technical program planning. The Adviser can be found in 377 Soda Hall, 510-642-7214. In addition to these L&S Advisers, the Computer Science Division also provides Faculty Advisers for L&S majors. Contact the Computer Science Advising Office for details or refer to their website.

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  3. Changing Your Option

    To change your option simply email the EECS Undergraduate coordinator indicating your new choice of option. Since the department no longer selects your advisor based on your option, your choice of option will no longer impact anything except the program notation listed on your transcript. For additional information on options please refer to 2.1 and 4.1 of this publication.

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  4. Tutoring

    Tutoring is available free of charge from a number of sources. It is important to seek academic assistance early if you feel that you need it. You should start by consulting the professor and the Graduate Student Instructor (Teaching Assistant) in your course during office hours. Some other resources include:

    • Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) student members of the EECS undergraduate honor society have organized a voluntary tutoring service for both lower and upper division EECS courses. The schedule for this service is posted outside of the HKN offices (290 Cory Hall and 345 Soda Hall) and is available on their webpage. An HKN officer is designated each semester to coordinate a schedule and to respond to individual requests. If you have any questions you may send email to: tutors@hkn.berkeley.edu.
    • The Center for Access to Engineering Excellence offers drop in tutoring Mondays through Thursdays for all entry level Engineering courses including, but not limited to: E7, Phys 7A and Phys 7B, Math 53 and Math 54, Chem 1A and Chem 1B. The Center also offers some tutoring for more advanced level classes like, EE 20 and ME 104.
    • The Student Learning Center (198 Cesar E. Chavez Student Center, 510-642-7332) offers individual and group tutorial sessions and workshops for a number of lower-division courses, including languages, pre-calculus, statistics, chemistry, biology, physics, social sciences, and writing. Check in at the SLC for their schedule or refer to their webpage.
    • Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), an honor society for Computer Science majors in the College of Letters and Science, provides tutoring for computer science courses. Their office is in 346 Soda, and you may reach them by telephone (510-642-9997), electronic mail (officers@upe.cs.berkeley.edu), or visit their webpage.
    • Residence Halls Academic Centers. Experienced graduate and undergraduate tutors hold drop-in hours and offer general study tips and assistance on assignments, essays, and problem sets in your unit. Please check for the office hours in your unit's academic center.
    • MEP Academic Center located in 225B Bechtel is used for workshops, tutoring, advising and meetings. MEP and campus partners offer workshops in calculus, chemistry, physics, and other engineering courses. The MEP Director works closely with industry sponsors to develop and implement meaningful internship experiences. MEP informs students about and assists them with pursuing scholarships and aid opportunities, including private, foundation, industry-sponsored, state and federally-funded financial aid.
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  5. Personal Advising and Counseling
  6. In Times of Stress
  7. Career Advising

    The UC Berkeley Career Center (2111 Bancroft Way, 510-642-1716) provides a wide range of advice and assistance in the areas of careers, internships, student jobs, and professional/graduate schools. A Career Counselor for EECS students is available for individual and drop-in appointments. A few of the services include:

    Campus

    • CalJobs: Online job listings (full-time, part-time, summer, and internships on and off campus) exclusively for UC Berkeley students and alumni.
    • On-Campus Recruiting: Employers visit campus to interview students for summer internships and full-time opportunities.
    • CareerMail: Email notices about activities according to your areas of interest.
    • Special Events: Includes Career and Graduate School Fairs
    • Cal Profiles: Statistics and other information on the careers chosen by graduates in each major
    • Callisto: Your gateway to Career Center online resources and important updates! Callisto includes access to job, internship & OCR listings, sign-ups for Career Center programs, workshops and employer information sessions, career fairs, and additional career development and employment resources.

    Moreover, as an expert in your field, your Faculty Adviser is in an excellent position to provide you with career advice. You do not need to wait until your Tele-BEARS enrollment period to contact your Faculty Adviser, but you may meet with them at any time during the course of the year. Typically the best way to contact your Faculty Adviser is by attending their scheduled office hours. Office hours for faculty are posted on the EECS website. Most faculty members keep their office house on their website current, so start by checking on their main or their personal website (the .personal. website is usually one of the links for the main faculty page, but it may have more information).

    Department

    Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) and Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) honor societies are run by current students in the EECS and L&SCS departments. They are a particularly good resource because as engineering students, they have applied for and successfully secured internships and job opportunities. Both groups hold office hours and host workshops.

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  8. Special Support Services
  9. Financial Support Advising and Emergency Loans

    The Financial Aid Office located at 120 Sproul Hall offers various types of financial awards for undergraduates. The offered financial aid is either need based or non-need based. Non-need-based financial aid is made up of unsubsidized loans. Need-based financial aid includes subsidized loans, grants, scholarships, and federal work-study.

    Interest-free Emergency Loans are available to all registered students. The maximum loan amount is $775 per semester, due and payable within 60 days. For more details please see The Berkeley Financial Aid and Scholarships Office

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  10. Berkeley International Office (BIO)

    BIO offers a variety of services on immigration, financial aid, work permission, advising, and special programs for Berkeley international students and scholars.

  11. Scholarships

    There are scholarships available to undergraduate students. Please review the criteria and deadlines closely for each scholarship.

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