7. Administrative Matters

  1. Registration and Enrollment
  2. Computer Accounts
  3. Schedule Adjustments
  4. Transferring to EECS
  5. Petitions
  6. Courses Taken Outside of UC Berkeley
  7. Commencement

  1. Registration and Enrollment

    The Tele-BEARS system handles course enrollment. Students are assigned a Tele-BEARS appointment time during which you must log into the Tele-BEARS system, enter a four digit Adviser Code and sign up for the classes you wish to take in the next term. Adviser codes are distributed by faculty after a student has completed Faculty Advising which takes places twice a year (in April for Fall semester and October for Spring semester). Students receive an automated email from the department's Faculty Advising web application that allows you to select a faculty adviser for the current term.

    The Faculty Advising web app provides both a faculty and student interface. The web application will not use options as a way of guiding students to a particular faculty adviser. Instead the web application will display a faculty's self-reported advising area (EE, CS, or EECS) her/his sub area (i.e. Artificial Intelligence, Integrated Circuits, etc) and the faculty's advising preference (either group or individual advising) including group advising meeting information or individual appointment instructions. Faculty advisers will have a predetermined number of advising slots. These slots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The web application allows a student to choose an adviser based on the above information. Students are advises to select faculty with advising sessions that work optimally with their Tele-BEARS appointment time. All students are required to meet with a faculty adviser for approval of your course schedule prior to registration. Your Faculty Adviser will give you your advising code, and you may complete registration.

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  2. Computer Accounts

    If you are an undergraduate EECS major or an L&S CS major, you can obtain a long-term "named" computer account on the EECS Instructional computers. This account will remain active as long as you are in the department. It will not expire or be turned off at the end of each semester.

    These accounts have been access to Instructional computers running Unix and Windows, workstations in Soda and Cory Hall labs and multi-user servers such as cory.eecs and icomp1.eecs. To obtain or renew a named account, go to 199 Cory or 273 Soda and look for the signs that tell you how to login as "newacct," or following the instructions on the IESG website.

    Some classes will also receive separate "class" accounts, which are created at the request of faculty and distributed via account forms to students in class (you will not have to request them). Class accounts expire at the end of the semester current information about EECS Instructional facilities is posted on the blue bulletin boards near 105 Cory and 271 Soda. Information is also available online at IESG.

    CalMail email accounts are available free of charge to all UCB students and are accessed via a web browser. To set up a CalMail account, login using your CalNet ID password.

    Regardless of the email account you prefer to use, you should keep your email address up to date on BearFacts . The department will use your BearFacts email to communicate important information (such as your Tele-BEARS schedule) to you.

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  3. Schedule Adjustments

    If you wish to add or drop a class that will not conflict with the 12-unit, 2 technical courses minimum (math/science/engineering) policy, or change your grading option in a non-technical course, use Tele-BEARS through Friday of the 5th week of instruction. (Note that courses on the early drop deadline list must be dropped by the end of the second week of instruction.) There is a fee for adding a course after the 3rd week of classes and for dropping a course after the second week of classes. In limited situations the Deans Committee can approve requests to add or drop courses beyond the 5th week deadline. Consult the "Adding or Dropping Courses; Change in Grading Option" section of the College of Engineering Undergraduate Guide for detailed information and then meet with your Engineering Student Services Adviser in 230 Bechtel for assistance.

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  4. Transferring to EECS

    There are three ways to transfer into EECS: from within the College of Engineering; from another college within UC Berkeley; or from another university. Admission to EECS is competitive, including admission from other colleges within Berkeley. An outstanding GPA and full lower-division preparation are decidedly helpful.

    From Within the College of Engineering: College of Engineering students who wish to change into EECS will need to file a Change of Major petition with Engineering Student Services (230 Bechtel). COE students can apply to change their major at any time (after completing two semesters at Berkeley) and applications are evaluated as they are received. Students may now apply to change majors even after their sophomore year as long as the change does not delay graduation.

    Applications will be evaluated by Engineering Student Services staff based upon clear guidelines and minimum criteria outlined by the departments. Students who do not meet guidelines and minimum criteria will be reviewed by faculty from the department.

    The effective date of a change of major is the actual day the change is approved. Students no longer have to wait until the grades for the current semester are posted to learn they are officially accepted.

    Transfer students who are in the College of Engineering cannot apply to change majors. For more information on Change of Major, please visit the College of Engineering Change of Major website.

    Students in the Engineering-Undeclared Program: If you have completed the Engineering-Undeclared curriculum with a minimum of a 2.0 overall GPA you may submit a Change of Major Petition to the ESS Office (230 Bechtel) for admission to EECS.

    From Another College on the Berkeley Campus: To transfer into EECS from another college (such as Letters and Science), you will need to submit a Change of College application with the College of Engineering Student Services (230 Bechtel). Students in colleges other than COE must complete two semesters at UCB before they can apply to COE. Students can apply during their third or fourth semester. Applications for change of college are accepted during both the Fall and Spring semesters.

    Change of college applications will be evaluated by Engineering Student Services staff based upon clear guidelines and minimum criteria outlined by the department. Students who do not meet guidelines and minimum criteria will be reviewed by faculty from the department.

    Students must apply for change of college by no later than their fourth semester of enrollment. Transfer students may not apply for change of college. The effective date of a change of college is the actual day the change is approved.

    Students admitted as change of college into COE cannot apply to change majors.

    From Another University or Community College: The University considers you a transfer applicant if you graduated from high school and enrolled in a regular session at another college or university. Students may not disregard their college record and apply as a freshman. Prospective students will find further information on the EECS Prospective Transfer website.

    In admitting transfer applicants, the department considers college grades, the extent to which the departmental lower-division prerequisites have been completed, and the personal statement. Students must have earned 60 semester units by the end of the Spring term prior to Fall enrollment. All applicants should have completed 100% of the required lower-division admission requirements for the major prior to the semester in which they wish to enter UC Berkeley.

    These requirements are available by visiting the ASSIST website, selecting your community college, the University of California, Berkeley, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the 'By Major' menu. Every California community college has an agreement with UC Berkeley, called a transferable course agreement (TCA), that specifies which of its courses receive UC transfer credit. Not all transferable courses may be deemed equivalent to satisfy requirements. TCAs are available from your community college counseling office or transfer center. Comprehensive articulation information, including TCAs for all California community colleges, is available. Preference is given to California community college transfers over applicants from state universities and other four-year schools.

    Transfer Applicants must complete the University of California admission application by November 30th for admission for the following Fall semester. Berkeley does not accept new transfer applications for the Spring semester. To transfer into EECS from another university, visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. Additional information can be found on the College of Engineering Prospective Junior Transfers FAQs and the EECS Prospective Transfers pages.

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  5. Petitions

    A petition submitted to the College of Engineering is the standard device for doing anything out of the ordinary. The most common sorts of petitions are to add or drop courses or to change the grading option for a course (from letter grade to Passed/No Passed or vice versa). You may also petition to substitute requirements in the EECS major. Some petitions require the approval of the Undergraduate Dean, and the Vice Chairman for Undergraduate Affairs. You can obtain petition forms and an explanation of the petition process in 230 Bechtel. If you have a problem regarding a petition, or in deciding if a petition is necessary, see your Adviser in 230 Bechtel first. Two common places to find forms are

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  6. Courses Taken Outside of UC Berkeley

    A student may not enroll at another school simultaneously while at the University. In extenuating circumstances, an exception may be granted by the Dean and the Director of Undergraduate Admissions. A regularly enrolled student who wishes to take work to another school in the summer or in a given semester when not enrolled in the College should consult their Adviser and with the Office of Admissions before registering for courses at another school.

    Correspondence and Extension Courses: A limited number of engineering courses are available through correspondence study and extension classes. In general, the policy of the College of Engineering is that required courses must be taken in residence. In extenuating cases, the Dean will give consideration to requests of students to complete a required course through correspondence or extension. Correspondence and extension courses may not be taken concurrently with regular class work. Units earned in UC Extension (XB courses) will be counted toward a student's UC Berkeley Engineering degree only in the following circumstances:

    • Spring-deferred students who need to meet admission conditions.
    • Dismissed students who have developed a written and approved academic plan with the Associate Dean as a condition for being re-admitted. Upon approval for readmission, units and grade points for courses taken will be added to UC Berkeley transcript.
    • Students who, after 120 units and with approval of the Associate Dean, need to complete academic requirements for graduation. Units and grade points will be added to UC Berkeley transcript.
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  7. Commencement

    The College of Engineering Commencement honors the class of undergraduate and graduate degree recipients with the ceremonial awarding of degrees at the Greek Theater, followed by a department reception. Graduates from Summer, Fall and Spring semesters are invited to participate in the ceremony, which takes place at the end of each academic year. Fall term graduates are also honored at a December reception sponsored by the Engineering Alumni Association. Students are not permitted to "walk" in commencement ceremonies prior to the calendar year in which they are graduated.

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