Being flexible is the key to getting into courses on the Berkeley campus. In the first semester, newly admitted freshmen are required to take, at minimum, two technical courses (math, science or engineering core courses for a total of 12 units) and one humanities or social sciences course. Most of these courses offer several lecture sections along with several sub-sections of discussions and/or labs.
With careful planning and some flexibility, freshmen should be able to get the courses they need. To aid students with securing a space in desired courses, the UC Berkeley enrollment process is divided into two phases and an adjustment period. During Phase I, students are allowed to enroll in up to a maximum of 10.5 units (two or three courses and one 0.5-unit PE course). Later, during Phase II, students are allowed to enroll in up to 16 units. In the adjustment period, students can add up to 22 units. Waitlisted courses are calculated in the total above (i.e., 10.5 units will include waitlisted units). For more information, please refer to the Office of the Registrar website.