Frequently Asked Questions by Students
for Faculty Advising and Course Enrollment
- What are the key dates and actions I need to be aware of?
- What is new in faculty advising?
- What does the faculty advising online web app do?
- Why are some faculty members missing from the available adviser list?
- How do I select a faculty adviser?
- What if I cannot find an adviser whose area aligns with my interests?
- What if I miss my advising session?
- What is Group Advising?
- What is Individual Advising?
- How does group advising compare to individual advising?
- How do I prepare for my advising session?
- What do I bring to my faculty advising session?
- What is Peer Advising?
- What course enrollment information should I review during the Tele-BEARS advising period?
- Do options still matter?
What are the key dates and actions I need to be aware of?
- March 20: Returning students who had a faculty adviser the previous semester log in [using CalNet] to the Faculty Advising web app and opt to keep or change their faculty adviser
- March 22: Students select an adviser from the list of available advisers on a first-come, first-served basis
- April 1 - April 12: Attend your faculty advising session/appointment with your questions and ALL your completed forms and receive your adviser code
- April 8 - July 7: Sign up for classes during your Phase I Tele-BEARS appointment
What is new in faculty advising?
- Returning students have the option to keep or change their faculty adviser from the previous semester through first right of refusal.
- You are now able to sort faculty by EE or CS.
- You no longer have to toggle between screens to see a faculty's divisional designation (EE or CS), area of interest and advising preference information. All this information is available on one screen.
What does the faculty advising online web app do?
- CalNet authentication. When you navigate to the Advising web app url you will be prompted to log in using CalNet authentication.
- Student and faculty interface. The web app provides both a faculty and student interface and allows faculty to self-report advising areas.
- Faculty advising preference and information. The web app allows a student to view a faculty's advising preference (either group or individual advising), group advising meeting information or individual appointment instructions, a faculty's divisional designation (EE or CS) and his/her sub area.
Students choose their own adviser.
The department no longer assigns faculty advisers. Students are provided a list of available faculty and you are allowed to select your own faculty adviser.
Faculty advisers will have a predetermined number of advising slots, these slots will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Alignment of faculty student interests no longer "options" driven. The web application will not use options as a way of guiding students to a particular faculty adviser. Instead the web app will use a faculty's self-reported advising area of EE, CS or EECS. Faculty will provide a greater level of specialization by listing her/his sub area (i.e. Artificial Intelligence, Integrated Circuits, etc.). Students are also advised to select faculty with advising sessions that work optimally with their Tele-BEARS appointment time.
Why are some faculty members missing from the available adviser list?
Advisers will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. A particular faculty member may not appear on your list of available advisers for one of the following reasons:
- No longer has available advising spots
- Is not advising this semester
- Is not advising students with your designation (i.e. continuing, newly admitted freshman, honors, etc.)
How do I select an adviser?
- Select a faculty adviser whose area and sub-area aligns with your interest
- It is your responsibility to make sure you can attend your adviser's meeting time if he/she has opted for group advising. Do not select an adviser whose group advising time you are unable to attend. After you have received your adviser code feel free to speak with any faculty member regarding course work and professional or future plans.
- Select a faculty adviser whose advising meeting time is BEFORE your Tele-BEARS Phase I appointment.
- Still unsure whom to select? The following resources can help to familiarize you with EECS faculty.
- You should identify two or three faculty from whom you would like to seek advising in case your first or second preference is unavailable.
What if I cannot find an adviser whose area aligns with my interests?
Ideally every student will be able to select a faculty adviser who at minimum shares their general area of interest (EE, CS or EECS). However, student interests and the popularity of particular areas are continually fluctuating. Depending on when you login to the web application, you may not be able to find a perfect match. We hope this will be a rare occurrence but should you find yourself in this situation select a faculty member who is advising time works best for you to ensure you are able to get your adviser code.
Students who find it necessary to select a faculty adviser outside of her/his area of interest are encouraged to attend the office hours of another faculty member after the Tele-BEARS advising period has ended.
What if I miss my faculty advising session?
If you miss your advising session you may not receive your adviser code until after your Phase I Tele-BEARS appointment. Students who miss their advising session or fail to sign up for a faculty adviser should:
- Visit your faculty adviser's office hours or the office hours of another faculty in your area of interest. Ask the faculty to review your schedule and sign your Tele-BEARS form. Please Note: As always, students with course related questions will have priority over Tele-BEARS advising questions.
- Bring your faculty signed Tele-BEARS form to 205 Cory.
What is Group Advising?
Group advising follows a small group advising format with your faculty adviser and approximately 20 advisees in attendance. Sessions are typically 1 hour in length. At minimum most faculty advisers will cover the following:
- General course announcements
- Q&A, discussion of EECS courses
- Tele-BEARS forms sign-off (adviser code provided)
What is Individual Advising?
Individual faculty advising follows a one-on-one meeting format. Individual appointments can be tailored to the individual needs and questions of a particular student, but lack the benefits of group advising (such as listening to other students' advice about classes). If you select a faculty offering individual advising you will be able to view her/his instructions for making advising appointments at https://buffy.eecs.berkeley.edu/PHP/ugradstud/menu.php.
How does group advising compare to individual advising?
Advantages of Group Advising
- More time with faculty adviser
- Sharing of EECS class experiences (good & bad)
Disadvantages of Group Advising
- More time-consuming (for students)
- Doesn't provide individual student attention
- [These are both obviated when a student requests an individual faculty advising appointment!]
How do I prepare for my advising session?
- Select a faculty adviser by visiting https://buffy.eecs.berkeley.edu/PHP/ugradstud/menu.php
- Consider which courses you want to take
- Use the EECS Degree Worksheet to review your progress toward EECS degree requirements
- Complete your Tele-BEARS schedule form
- Print out your BearFacts unofficial transcript
- Generate a list of questions (if any)
- Request individual appointment if needed
What do I bring to my faculty advising session?
Step 1. Print and complete the
Step 2. Print and complete one of the following:
Step 3. Print a copy of your Bear Facts UNOFFICIAL transcript
Step 4. Take the above three documents to your faculty advising session.
Step 5. Your Faculty Adviser will give you your adviser code.
Step 6. Register for courses through Tele-BEARS.
Step 7. Report any changes to your technical program to your Student Affairs Adviser in 230 Bechtel.
Fall 2013 Graduating Seniors should make an appointment with their Student Affairs Adviser in 230 Bechtel for a FINAL DEGREE CHECK
NOTE: You will not receive your advising code until you have been advised by a faculty member.
What is Peer Advising?
Peer advising sessions are just as useful as faculty advising sessions. Once again, you'll get free food, but you will also get the opportunity to talk to students who have already taken the classes, and get their opinions on good vs. bad course loads, as well as their thoughts on professors. This is information that might not necessarily be shared in a faculty advising session. Additionally, peer advisers know how much work a class will be from the student's perspective - this is really important to consider when you are putting your class schedule together. Another great resource available from HKN are the online course surveys. Each semester, HKN conducts surveys for professors and GSIs in each class. These survey results are available on HKN's website at https://hkn.eecs.berkeley.edu/coursesurveys
- Mimi Yang (HKN) and Devan (IEEE)
What course enrollment information should I review during the Tele-BEARS advising period?
- Schedule of Classes: It is important to utilize the online schedule of classes, because course information will inevitably change. Familiarize yourself with this resource.
- EE and CS scheduling home pages.
- Tele-BEARS appointment window: please make sure to sign up for classes at your scheduled appointment time. If you wait, you are losing priority.
- EE waiting lists: they are not very long or competitive, but there are some tips that might help you get into your desired class a bit easier. If the class you want is full, look at the size of the wait list for the individual labs and/or discussions. If you wait list yourself for a lab that has a short waitlist, your chances of getting the class are a lot higher than if you waitlist yourself for a lab that has a very long waitlist.
- CS enrollment: please visit the FAQ website at: http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Scheduling/CS/faq.shtml
Do options still matter?
Yes, your choice of options still matters. Options will continue to determine the notation on your official Berkeley transcript.
The EECS Department offers two programs: Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and Computer Science and Engineering, (CSE), both of which are accredited by ABET.
The ECE options include Option I (Electronics), Option II (Communication, Networks, and Systems), Option III (Computer Systems), and Option V (General). There are also lists of sample courses of study that can be used as guidelines for planning balanced programs in the various areas contained in the Undergraduate Notes handbook. The transcripts of students in these options indicate that their degree is from the Electrical and Computer Engineering program.
The CSE program includes Option IV (Computer Science). The Computer Science option is for students with interests in all aspects of computer science, including design and analysis of algorithms, complexity theory, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, and database systems. The transcripts of students in Option IV indicate that their degree is from the Computer Science and Engineering Program.
All EECS diplomas will state that the student received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of California, Berkeley College of Engineering. Diplomas do not indicate the EECS major or program.