College of Engineering requirements

The College of Engineering has its own specific requirements for graduation.

Reading and composition

College of Engineering graduates are required to demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing by completing two Reading and Composition (R&C) courses. Nearly 60 Berkeley courses in languages, literature and other liberal arts satisfy this requirement. R&C courses must be taken for a letter grade and must be completed by the end of the sophomore year. You may satisfy the first half of the R&C requirement and fulfill the university’s Entry-Level Writing requirement, before or after you enroll at Berkeley. Find R&C courses.

Humanities and social sciences

To round out your technical education, you’ll complete at least six Berkeley courses that satisfy the College of Engineering’s Humanities and Social Sciences (H/SS) breadth requirement. Foreign language courses are among those that satisfy the H/SS requirement. See the humanities and social sciences section of our website for details.

Other college requirements

In addition, these criteria must be met:

  • You need to maintain a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.00 (C average) and a minimum grade-point average of 2.00 in upper-division technical coursework required of your major.
  • Your final 30 units must be completed in residence in the College of Engineering on the Berkeley campus, in two consecutive semesters.
  • All technical courses (math, science and engineering) required of the major must be taken for a letter grade.