Double majors

Electrical testing equipmentPhoto by Noah BergerSo you want to hybridize your field of study, but your choice of a joint major isn’t offered. We’ll work with you to combine two distinct majors within the College of Engineering to create your own unique major.

The following criteria are required for a double major in engineering:

  • At least two semesters have been completed at Berkeley.
  • Student must be in good academic standing.
  • No more than three upper division technical courses can overlap between the two majors.
  • A minimum of five distinct (not overlapped) upper division courses must be completed for each major.
  • A minimum UC GPA of 3.0 is needed to be considered for the double major. However, applications are reviewed for acceptance by the departments to which the student is applying; certain departments may have a higher GPA requirement.
  • Some majors also require a minimum number of prerequisite courses are completed prior to admission. Consult with your ESS adviser about specific course requirements.
  • If a ninth semester (or fifth semester for transfer students) is required to complete the double major, the request must be made at the time of application. Requests for this additional semester are generally approved; consult with your Engineering Student Services adviser.
  • Applicants must submit a personal statement explaining their interest in the double major.
If youd like to pursue a double major, discuss your plans with your Engineering Student Services adviser. Youll need to submit a double major application by the end of your sophomore year. You must apply a minimum of two semesters prior to the anticipated date of graduation and submit a planned program showing how you will complete all requirements for each major.