Ideally, after reviewing all the options for majors, minors and hybrid curricula that are available within the College of Engineering, you will have found an area that has your name written all over it. There are few professions that offer as many options for creative, impactful work as the field of engineering. If, however, you still aren’t sure which specific discipline is perfectly suited to your own set of skills and interests, there’s always the option of going undeclared.
But first, a caveat. Admission to the undeclared program can be more competitive than admission to other engineering majors. So, if you know which field of engineering you wish to study, you should apply to that major.
Once admitted to the undeclared program, you’ll work with an advising team, comprising a student affairs adviser and professor from each major. Together, they’ll help you explore your academic interests, understand and complete your requirements, and select a major. The common first-year engineering curriculum includes introductory seminars and courses to give you a better understanding of all the different engineering fields. Then you’ll need to declare a major by the end of your fourth semester; if in good academic standing, you may choose from any of the College of Engineering majors listed on this site.
Want to know more details? Learn about Berkeley Engineering’s undeclared program.