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 course enrollment information should I review during the Tele-BEARS advising period?
- Do options still matter? (EECS students)
What are the key dates and actions I need to be aware of?
- September 30 at 10:00 am: Returning students who had a faculty adviser the previous semester log into [using CalNet] the Faculty Advising web app and opt to keep or change their faculty adviser
- October 2 at 10:00 am: Incoming students and students who opted to change their faculty adviser select an adviser from the list of available advisers on a first-come, first-served basis
- October 12 - 23: Attend your faculty advising session/appointment with your questions and ALL your completed forms and receive your adviser code
- Beginning October 19: Sign up for classes during your Phase I Tele-BEARS appointment
What is new in faculty advising?
- Faculty advising sessions will include EECS and LSCS students.
- Students graduating in Spring 2016 must sign up & attend faculty advising to receive their advisor code.
- LSCS students will get adviser code from faculty.
- LSCS students will have a Degree Worksheet and Tele-BEARS form to bring to session.
- Policy questions will be answered by a designated staff member on EECS 101 Piazza during your faculty advising session.
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 consists of your faculty adviser and other advisees. Students will be of various class standings and interests. 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 or L&S CS workshop to review your progress toward 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 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? (EECS students)
Yes, your choice of option still matters. Options will continue to determine the notation on your official Berkeley transcript.
When logging into the web application, you will have the chance to review your current option selection. Before you can select a faculty adviser, you must change or confirm your current option selection.
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 Program (Electrical Engineering): ECE is best suited for students interested in focusing on Electrical Engineering upper division classes after completing the lower division requirements. The transcripts of ECE students indicate that their degree is from the Electrical and Computer Engineering program. There are no specific requirements for the ECE program beyond those of the EECS major.
The CSE Program (Computer Science): CSE is best suited for students interested in focusing on Computer Science upper division classes after completing the lower division requirements. The transcripts of students in CSE indicate that their degree is from the Computer Science and Engineering Program. In order to complete the CSE program, 16 units of the major's upper division units must come from CS courses.
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.
NOTE: You will not receive your advising code until you have been advised by a faculty member.