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Major options

Don’t see a single major field that calls your name? You might want to go hybrid and try one of several options that combine the requirements for multiple majors.

  • The joint major is a hybrid of two major areas of engineering for a single degree.
  • The double major is the pursuit of two distinct engineering majors for a single degree.
  • A simultaneous degree is the pursuit of two majors in different colleges or schools.
  • The M.E.T. program offers the study of engineering and business in a single curriculum; you’ll  graduate in four years with two Bachelor of Science degrees.

Click on a tab below to learn more about the options that best fit your interests.

Joint majors

The joint major programs are designed for students who wish to undertake study in two major areas of engineering in order to qualify for employment in either field, or for positions in which competence in two fields is required. These curricula include the core concepts in each of the major fields. Although they may require increased course loads, they can be completed in four years, and the joint major is shown on the student’s transcript. Joint majors lie at the intersection between two fields and cannot be cataloged in a specific bin; therefore, they are not ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited programs* (note that there are many highly ranked engineering programs, such as Bioengineering at Berkeley, that are not ABET accredited). However, joint majors (like all engineering majors at Berkeley) are, and will continue to be, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

*Note: Students who were admitted to Berkeley Fall 2016 or earlier who wish to pursue a joint major will graduate from an ABET accredited program (other than BioE/MSE, which was never ABET accredited). Refer to your ESS or faculty adviser for details.

The joint major programs currently offered are:

Two more joint majors are administered by the College of Chemistry:

  • Chemical Engineering/Materials Science & Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering/Nuclear Engineering

You may apply for a joint major after meeting the following criteria:

  • Minimum UC GPA of 3.0.
  • You are held to the same criteria and guidelines as those listed in the Change of Major section. You must meet the criteria of both departments, which can include specific GPA and course completion requirements.
  • Transfer admits are only eligible to change to a joint major that includes the major to which they were admitted (i.e., EECS→EECS/MSE or MSE→MSE/ME).
  • Students admitted through change of college are not eligible to change to a joint major after they have been admitted to COE.
  • You must submit a change of major application to your ESS Adviser before your 7th semester begins if you were admitted as a freshman, or before your 3rd semester begins if you were admitted as a transfer.

Note: If you wish to change from a joint major to a single major you must meet the Change of Major requirements for that major.

Double majors

You can complete requirements for two distinct majors within the College of Engineering by pursuing a double major. To do so, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must meet with your ESS Adviser no later than the end of your 3rd semester to review your requirements and course plan.  Please note, not all requirements are published online and some are time-sensitive.
  2. At least two semesters have been completed at UC Berkeley.
  3. Your overall UC GPA is a minimum of 3.0 (some majors may have higher GPA requirements).
  4. You were admitted as a freshman to the College of Engineering.  (Junior transfer students and change of college admits are not eligible to apply for a double major.)
  5. You are making acceptable progress in your current major.
  6. Your Program Planning Form includes all course and unit requirements for both majors.
  7. Your plan must be in compliance with our overlap policies:
    • Each major must include at least 5 upper division technical courses that do not overlap with the other major.
    • After you have accounted for the 5 upper division technical courses that cannot overlap, your planned program should include no more than 5 upper division courses that do overlap.
  8. If a 9th semester is required to complete the double major, your request for the extra semester must be made at the time of application. Requests for an additional semester are generally approved. Consult with your ESS Adviser for more information on the 9th semester for double major students.
  9. You must submit your application for a double major to your ESS Adviser before your 7th semester begins.
Simultaneous degrees

A simultaneous degree is the pursuit of two majors in two different colleges or schools at UC Berkeley. Students pursuing a simultaneous degree must complete all college/school and major requirements for both programs.

Please note: The College of Engineering will not accept simultaneous degree applications for any of the following majors from students whose home major is outside of the College of Engineering:  EECS, the EECS/MSE joint program, or the EECS/NE joint program.

Your application for a simultaneous degree will be considered only when ALL of the following requirements have been met:

  • At least two semesters have been completed at UC Berkeley.
  • Your overall and technical GPA are 3.0 or higher.
  • If you are currently in another school or college other than Engineering:
  • If you are currently in the College of Engineering:
  • Your program includes no more than two upper division courses (used to satisfy major requirements) which overlapNote: There is no limit on the number of courses used to satisfy breadth or humanities requirements that may overlap.
  • Your program must include a minimum of five upper division courses distinct to each set of major requirements (5 classes beyond any that overlap).
  • If a ninth semester (fifth semester for transfer students) is necessary to complete your simultaneous degree program, the request MUST be made at the time of application. You must indicate that by listing the courses you would enroll in during that additional semester on your planned program. The request for an additional semester will be reviewed as a part of your simultaneous degree application.
  • Students pursuing a simultaneous degree with the College of Letters & Science can fulfill the College of Engineering (COE) Humanities and Social Sciences requirement by completing the College of Letters & Science Requirements of Essential Skills and Seven-Course Breadth in their entirety.
  • Students pursuing a simultaneous degree with the Haas School of Business can fulfill the College of Engineering Humanities and Social Sciences requirement by completing completing both the Haas Reading and Composition and the Haas Seven-Course Breadth requirements in their entirety.

For a list of the other colleges and their office locations, please refer to the campus academics website.

Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology Program (M.E.T.)

Are you inquisitive and self-motivated, with a passion for finding and solving big problems? In the  Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology Program, you can study engineering and business in an integrated, ambitious curriculum. Not only will you graduate in four years with two Bachelor of Science degrees, but you will also develop a skillset that is in high demand across multiple sectors, industries and geographies. With internships, career coaching and other enrichment activities, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for hands-on practice with technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

The M.E.T. Program builds on Berkeley’s strong foundation of education in both engineering and business that trains students not to just be sought-after professionals, but to be leaders in their field, and to ultimately, to be change makers.

For more information about specific M.E.T. degree tracks, opportunities and the application process, visit met.berkeley.edu.