Transferring into EECS

  Within Engineering — Change of Major     Within Berkeley — Change of College     From a Community College  

Within Engineering — Change of Major

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.


Within Berkeley — Change of College

UC Berkeley undergraduates interested in a major in EECS who were admitted to a college other than Engineering (such as Letters and Science) would need to apply through the Change of College process administered by Engineering Student Services (230 Bechtel). Complete details and minimum eligibility requirements can be found on the Change of College (into Engineering) website.


From a Community College

To be considered for admission to UC Berkeley as a transfer student, you must:

  • meet both the UC Berkeley requirements and the requirements for the College of Engineering
  • have earned 60 semester units by the end of the spring term prior to fall enrollment and be UC eligible before your file will be forwarded to the College of Engineering for review.

If you are not sure if you are UC eligible, you should visit UC Freshman Admission and UC Transfer Admission.

The UC system application period is November 1-30 for admission to the following fall semester. UC Berkeley does not accept new transfer applications for the spring semester. For more information on the admissions process, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 510-642-3175.

The main criteria for admission to the College of Engineering is:

  • grade point average (GPA) in technical courses and overall
  • completion of 100% of the required core preparation courses by the end of the spring term prior to fall enrollment
  • personal statement (detailing interest in the intended major, influencing experiences, goals, etc.)

Applicants must complete all required core UCB preparation courses in order to be eligible for admission. It should also be noted that we give preference to California Community College applicants

Applicants MUST complete the following to be eligible (required core preparation courses) :

  • one year calculus: UCB Math 1A, 1B
  • multivariable calculus, UCB Math 53
  • differential equations and linear algebra: UCB Math 54
  • two courses of calculus based physics with lab: UCB Physics 7A, 7B
  • one course in natural science from the following: UCB Chem 1A, Chem 1B, Physics 7C, Bio 1A, and Bio 1B
  • two approved reading and composition courses: UCB English 1A and 1B

Lower division courses required for graduation (but not admission) are strongly recommended; the more of these courses completed, the stronger the application will be. Therefore, when possible, it is to the applicant's benefit to complete courses in circuits, data structures, and C++ or Java.

Strongly recommended courses: (if your college offers the courses listed below taking them will strengthen your application)

  • UCB CompSci 61A
  • UCB CompSci 61B
  • UCB CompSci 61C
  • UCB El Eng 20N
  • UCB El Eng 40
  • UCB CompSci 70

Please review ASSIST.org to view the articulation agreement between the University of California, Berkeley and your College.

For more information about transfer admission, please visit the College of Engineering Prospective Transfer website.



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