Colored Post-It notesWant more than a major? Consider your options for adding a minor. (Photo by Noah Berger)


Declaring a minor to your engineering major is like ordering something on the side — it’s not a full course, but it can make the meal even better. Minors are areas of concentration requiring fewer courses than an undergraduate major. They’re optional, but can provide further depth or breadth to your Berkeley education.

The College of Engineering does not offer additional time to complete a minor, though with careful course planning, it’s usually not required. Students are encouraged to meet with their Engineering Student Services adviser to discuss the feasibility of completing their intended minor within their current academic plans. Please note that no more than one upper division course for your minor can overlap with your major. If you’re interested in pursuing a minor, you should consult the sponsoring department for the appropriate forms and further instructions.

Deadline to declare a minor

Students interested in pursuing a minor must declare the minor no later than the term before their Expected Graduation Term (EGT). If the term before EGT is fall or spring, the deadline is the last day of RRR week. If the term before EGT is summer, the deadline is the final Friday of Summer Sessions. To declare a minor, contact an advisor in the department that offers the minor for information on eligibility requirements.

Minors in the College of Engineering

College of Engineering minors are generally open to all students at Berkeley who are not pursuing a major in the same field. The following are currently offered:

Minors in other schools or colleges

You might also want to consider a minor in another school or college. The following groups, schools and colleges offer minor programs: