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University of California-Berkeley Review

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Career Preparation B+
Students and Culture A
Facilities A
Activities and Groups A
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University of California-Berkeley is a large, public, four-year university enrolling 38,189 students and offering 274 degrees in Berkeley, CA.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at University of California-Berkeley.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
1
Human and Social Sciences
2,927 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
African-American/black Studies
9
4
1
American Indian/native American Studies
4
American/united States Studies/civilization
89
Anthropology
116
6
18
Asian-American Studies
2
Asian Studies/civilization
27
9
0
Buddhist Studies
0
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
22
0
2
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
7
1
1
Cognitive Science
149
Comparative Literature
17
0
6
Demography and Population Studies
2
3
Ethnic Studies
39
4
6
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/chicano Studies
14
History
152
16
27
International/global Studies
0
Jewish/judaic Studies
2
Latin American Studies
9
2
Linguistics
70
5
4
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
158
0
0
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
10
1
1
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
46
Philosophy
80
2
1
Political Science
370
4
13
Psychology
389
0
20
Public Policy Analysis
79
1
Religion/religious Studies
13
Religion/religious Studies
0
Social Sciences
326
3
0
Social Work
122
84
15
9
Sociology
247
11
12
Urban Studies/affairs
45
Women's Studies
20
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Engineering
2,268 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Architecture
135
67
5
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
99
31
16
Chemical Engineering
108
32
15
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning
55
10
Civil Engineering
68
164
45
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
367
88
47
Engineering
41
Engineering
0
3
Engineering Science
2
Environmental Design/architecture
1
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering
13
Environmental Science
70
Environmental Studies
186
14
37
Landscape Architecture
11
27
Materials Sciences
23
17
10
Mechanical Engineering
168
137
41
Natural Resources/conservation
55
21
Nuclear Engineering
15
16
6
Topology and Foundations
2
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Mathematics and Science
1,967 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Astronomy
5
Astrophysics
20
0
6
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
8
Biochemistry
0
4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
2
0
Biology
415
1
16
Biophysics
7
Biostatistics
6
6
Botany
7
0
5
Cellular and Molecular Biology
506
3
43
Chemistry
131
6
56
Endocrinology
0
2
Engineering Physics/applied Physics
16
Environmental Health
7
5
Epidemiology
1
5
Geography
45
0
0
Geology/earth Science
17
3
5
Geophysics and Seismology
17
Mathematics
89
5
27
Microbiology
43
0
12
Neuroscience
0
7
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
15
Physical Sciences
0
Physics
88
31
30
Planetary Astronomy and Science
3
Statistics
215
20
6
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Business
1,768 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Business Administration and Management
356
577
10
Business Administration, Management and Operations
68
0
Economics
630
5
18
Operations Research
46
52
6
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Education and Liberal Arts
1,037 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Applied Mathematics
191
3
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
63
1
8
Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
3
Chinese Language and Literature
16
0
Dutch/flemish Language and Literature
1
Education
82
73
29
English Language and Literature
277
2
16
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
12
0
5
French Language and Literature
30
3
3
German Language and Literature
19
3
6
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
45
0
3
Italian Language and Literature
4
1
6
Japanese Language and Literature
15
1
2
Latin Language and Literature
0
Middle/near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
9
Rhetoric and Composition
80
4
4
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
0
Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
1
2
2
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
6
3
0
Special Education and Teaching
3
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Legal and Law
673 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Advanced Legal Research/studies
271
1
Law
278
Legal Professions and Studies
0
5
Legal Studies
118
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Healthcare
589 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Health/health Care Administration/management
7
Nutrition Sciences
70
1
1
Optometry
17
61
Public Health
184
186
8
Toxicology
41
2
Vision Science/physiological Optics
0
11
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Computer Technology
417 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer Science
329
14
18
Information Science/studies
53
3
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
9
Art and Design
245 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Dance
10
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
45
4
Film/cinema/video Studies
56
1
5
Fine Arts
66
6
Music
38
4
10
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
10
Communication and Media
231 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Design and Visual Communications
1
Journalism
40
Mass Communication
190
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
11
Agriculture
50 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Agricultural Economics
7
13
Agricultural Engineering
7
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
0
0
Forest Management/forest Resources Management
9
Forestry
3
Natural Resources and Conservation
0
Natural Resources Conservation and Research
3
8
Natural Resources Management and Policy
0
Range Science and Management
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at University of California-Berkeley.

Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Public Health
*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
Specialized institution accreditations:
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship (School of Public Health)
Didactic Program in Dietetics
American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education Optometry (OPTR) - Residency programs (School of Optometry)
Optometry (OPT) - Professional degree programs
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (Tang Center - Counseling and Psychological Services)
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Law (LAW) - Professional schools Council on Education for Public Health Public Health (PHG) - Graduate level school of public health
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
B+ Great
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 35 Reviews
Alumni
Engineering Science, Class of 2015

Career fairs Online searchable database

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Genetics, Class of 1970

Don't know. Graduated long time ago

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Biophysics, Class of 1991

Meeting alums, internships, interschool opportunities, studies abroad, career counseling, lab/applied classes.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Humanities, Class of 1983

Internships and public-private partnerships plus alumni networking.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Psychology, Class of 2003

None that I can remember

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Political Science, Class of 1982

Ideally, the ability to think.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Chemical Biology, Class of 2013

Career Office, employer fairs, employment portal.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Sociology, Class of 1990

There were employment recruiters on campus, but other than that, in 1990, I don't recall a whole lot of preparation for "the real world" for students with ambiguous liberal arts degrees

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Linguistics , Class of 2004

It's hard to say what they provide students nowadays. There was a career fair when I was there. The Alumni Association has a lot of networking.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
MS Electrical Engineering, Class of 1981

Reputation as one of the best schools in the world

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS, Class of 1977

Don't know about now; not very good then.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Cognitive Science, Class of 2006

There is a career center and there are on campus interviews for companies

Rated January 2016
Alumni
PhD- Molecular and Cell Biology, Class of 2002

extensive alumni connections, elite technical training at graduate level

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Anthropology, Class of 2011

Not much in the realm of anthropology

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Political Science, Class of 1980

No idea. None I can recall from when I attended.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS Agricultural Economics, Class of 1980

Not sure about today, but I thought UCD prepared the student for more school vs. "real world"

Rated January 2016
Alumni
mathematics, Class of 1980

I am not familiar with what is available now.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA, Sociology, Class of 2003

First class curriculum, accessible faculty, internship opportunities

Rated January 2016
Alumni
pre law / environmental studies, Class of 1996

reading, writing, presentations, working in groups, technical skills, depending on the class

Rated January 2016
Alumni
EECS, Class of 1990

What do they provide now? I have no idea. My data is 25 years old. Back then they had career fairs and onsite corporate interviews.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Business, Class of 1996

Haas Career Center and Undergrad Career Center

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Sociology, Class of 2002

I don't recall any when I attended.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 35 Reviews
Alumni
History of Art, Class of 1995

Diverse. Fun. Best in class.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Genetics, Class of 1970

Diverse, pursuit of good education

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Social Welfare, Class of 1996

I made most of my closest friends once I entered my career. I do not have close ties to anyone from UCB.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Math, political science, Class of 2005

Can't meaningfully summarize in this little box in the time I care to spend here, unfortunately

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Political Science, Class of 1982

It's very competitive now. Back then, it was just big and easy to get lost in the pack.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Chemical Biology, Class of 2013

Students were open minded and diverse.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Linguistics , Class of 2004

It's a big school, so you can always make friends.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English, Class of 1988

Intelligent, liberal, more open-minded, serious about school, socially conscious

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Development Studies, Class of 2007

Active student body, many extracurricular activities and organizations. Academic focus.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Integrative Biology, Class of 2014

liberal tryhards that are mostly good people but a little to apt to get offended and a little to stressed to be that nice

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Cognitive Science, Class of 2006

Diverse student body, liberal students, very competitive

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Anthropology, Class of 2011

laid back yet determined and prosperous at the same time

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Enhlish, Class of 2005

Every person is for themselves. Very isolating place.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Business, Class of 1996

very hard working, driven, street smart. but CAL wasn't a school like Stanford that has built in networking w/Alums. it took more time to develop for me.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Sociology, Class of 2002

I am not entirely sure what this question means, but I remember UCD as being a school with a diverse assortment of people from all ages and cultures.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 35 Reviews
Alumni
Engineering Science, Class of 2015

Lots of libraries, small dorms, lots of dining halls of varying quality

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS EE, Class of 1972

everything that you would expect

Rated January 2016
Alumni
MA Folklore, Class of 2010

Library, basement computer lab, folklore archive.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Legal Studies, Class of 1986

The dorms were old but they have constructed some new residence halls.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Political Science, Class of 1982

C'mon - our computers had punch cards then. I assume things have been upgraded since then.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Chemical Biology, Class of 2013

They were average depending on the facility. Some were great others were not so much. It was up to the student to find out where to go.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Sociology, Class of 1990

Again, this was 25 years ago. At the time it seemed fairly advanced - I could not even speak to what it is like now. I am sure it is quite cutting edge

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English, Class of 1988

All sufficient, the new dorm/suites were very nice, there's been a lot of improvements since I attended school there.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Development Studies, Class of 2007

Normal. Student cooperatives are great.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Cognitive Science, Class of 2006

Facilities are moderate but efficient. There are some computer labs, the dorms can house most incoming freshman, dining halls were recently renovated when I was a student

Rated January 2016
Alumni
PhD- Molecular and Cell Biology, Class of 2002

was a graduate student, did not use much of these beyond classrooms. Those were excellent

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS Agricultural Economics, Class of 1980

Very nice and continually upgraded

Rated January 2016
Alumni
mathematics, Class of 1980

varied - some are state of the art, others are a bit long in the tooth.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
pre law / environmental studies, Class of 1996

a bit run down but full of character.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Business, Class of 1996

Everything was pretty good at Haas. Modern, new business school when i was there and i stayed in super plush School for Deaf, Clark Kerr dorm.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Biomedical Science , Class of 2002

Good, upgraded dorms, nice science facility.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Sociology, Class of 2002

I remember them as being excellent.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 35 Reviews
Alumni
Economics, Class of 1980

study abroad is very good

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Social Welfare, Class of 1996

I did not participate. I had a small child and was focused on getting a degree rapidly.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Humanities, Class of 1983

Every imaginable social group and interest club.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Legal Studies, Class of 1986

There is something for everyone.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Political Science, Class of 1982

Trying to steal the axe from Stanford.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Linguistics , Class of 2004

Not sure. There are so many.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English, Class of 1988

There were a lot of unique people from the community who would hang around campus like the polka dot man and the poetry lady. There were a lot of mentally ill and homeless in the area too. There were student groups for pretty much every type of person.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Cognitive Science, Class of 2006

I'm not familiar with any particular groups, but would say there are probably many more group activities than the typical school

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Anthropology, Class of 2011

I loved working with some of the student run organizations

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Political Science, Class of 1980

This question isn't relevant to someone who graduated 35 years ago

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Enhlish, Class of 2005

A large variety of cultural clubs and organizations.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS Agricultural Economics, Class of 1980

Not sure about unique, but environment was full of activities, etc.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA, Sociology, Class of 2003

various clubs for social change and diversity and inclusion, D1 sports teams, long-standing school traditions

Rated January 2016
Alumni
pre law / environmental studies, Class of 1996

athletic events, parties, public discussions

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Business, Class of 1996

I don't know, been a long time. really broad question.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Sociology, Class of 2002

I didn't really attend the activities.

Rated January 2016
CURRICULUM FOCUS
University of California-Berkeley Business Program
UDC Contributor

Searching for an undergraduate business program with excellent prospects for future employment? Look no further than University of California – Berkeley. According to PayScale’s 2015-16 College Salary Report*, Berkeley business majors earned more money in their early career (0-5 years) and mid-career (10+ years of experience) than business grads from any other undergraduate business school.

So what makes Haas School of Business so special? Perhaps it’s the stated mission to “develop leaders who redefine how we do business.” The curriculum provides students with a solid understanding of how business operates and its role in society. Students receive core training in accounting, finance, marketing, business communication, and organizational behavior. But they also fulfill “breadth” requirements that expose them to the arts and sciences. In true Cal form, they become critical thinkers—a highly prized trait in a continuously changing global economy.

To enrich their educational experience and increase marketability, Haas encourages undergrads to study abroad. On campus, many students participate in business-related extracurricular activities. Join the 400-member-strong Berkeley Investment Group to practice hands-on portfolio management. Try your hand at developing a multi-million dollar campaign in the National Student Advertising Competition. If you’ve got the ambition, Cal has the outlet!

*http://poetsandquantsforundergrads.com/2015/09/08/the-highest-paying-undergrad-b-schools/
CURRICULUM FOCUS
University of California-Berkeley Human and Social Sciences Program
UDC Contributor

Those who enjoy the challenge of contributing to and learning from the best in their field will find the sociology program at California Berkeley exactly to their liking. Graduate and undergraduate students in the Sociology Department tackle problems of public concern, engaging in research opportunities worldwide. Students can join in study abroad programs through accredited universities in Norway, including both English and Norwegian language courses. As an additional benefit, these Norwegian universities won't charge the Cal students any tuition, because public universities are free in Norway. Few sociology departments can claim the successes found at UC Berkeley, which consistently ranks among the best sociology programs. Interestingly, UC Berkeley's sociology field of study came into existence well after universities such as Columbia and University of Chicago had already established dominance. But California Berkeley sociology has surpassed them in post-World War II America, shaping the direction of the study of sociology throughout the country and the world.

Featured Alumni Review
Jiannbin
Master's in Sociology, Class of 1998

U Berkeley Sociology is known throughout the discipline as a place that produces researchers who are innovative, if a bit 'wild.' I think even places that wouldn't want too many Berkeley sociologists are open to having at least one.

Featured Alumni Review
Andrew
Bachelor's in Sociology, Class of 2001

U Berkeley sociology provided just the right mix between grounding in the nuts and bolts of sociological reasoning and fostering creativity and outside-the-box thinking. … My Berkeley training has helped me tremendously.

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Abigail
Bachelor's in Sociology, Class of 2014

U [Cal Berkeley] has more students and faculty doing international work than other sociology departments, making for a very cosmopolitan and critical approach to sociology. The other students were particularly intellectually and politically engaged, and that interchange with other graduate students was the highlight of my experience.

Questions and Answers about University of California-Berkeley

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Who are the notable alumni?
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Before Gregory Peck played Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, John Cho took on a title role in the Harold and Kumar series, and Chris Pine landed the coveted part of James Tiberius Kirk in the reboot of Star Trek, these three actors all earned English degrees at Cal. And his MBA in economics and management undoubtedly influenced the career of Scott Adams, first in the corporate world and then as the creator of the comic strip “Dilbert.” Other famous folks who once made the campus home include Girlfriends’ Guide series writer Vicki Iovine, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, Pong (the videogame, not the beer contest) creator Allan Alcorn, former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, and Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

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Bright minds from throughout the world come to this urban academic oasis overlooking the San Francisco Bay. They enter a place known not only for top-notch facilities but also for plenty of activity outside the classroom. The university boasts more than 1,000 student organizations, and roughly 10 percent of undergrads go Greek. Lambda Chi Alpha’s Daffodil Festival has been a popular spring event since the 1940s when the beautiful yellow flowers first began being sold around campus to raise money for charity. But what often comes to mind when people think of Cal is its liberal student activism. Berkeley gained national attention in 1964 for The Free Speech Movement, a student protest in response to the administration’s ban on political activity. Since then, Cal students have been vocal about many causes, ranging from women’s rights to ending apartheid in South Africa.

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From mystery fiction to biological psychology, UC Berkeley offers a variety of undergraduate classes online. Companies often turn to Cal to provide training for their employees in areas such as leadership, team facilitation, and sales. And if you want to earn a certificate in a field such as graphic design, drug and alcohol abuse studies, construction management, or teaching English as a second language, Cal likely has a professional program to suit your schedule.

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Before Aaron Rodgers became a Green Bay Packer, he served as quarterback for the Golden Bears. But the sports program covers a much greater range than just football. As of 2015, Cal athletic history included 89 national team titles in 15 different sports. The rugby team has been a powerhouse since the 1980s with no signs of letting up in the 21st century. The outstanding swimming and diving program has produced the likes of Matt Biondi, Mary Meagher, Natalie Coughlin, and Missy Franklin. What gets the average Cal student most excited, though, are any contests against rival Stanford University.

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Pick any academic discipline and Cal likely has been a player in its advancement. Credit Cal professors for discovering both Vitamin E and Vitamin K, drafting no-fault divorce law, setting up the Western Hemisphere’s first string of seismographic stations to monitor earthquakes, and inventing canned fruit cocktail. During World War II, physics professor J. Robert Oppenheimer directed the U.S. government laboratory at Los Alamos, New Mexico— site of the atomic bomb development. Today, the university continues to impact the world with its research, which spans from the role of copper in neuron signaling to the potential of using renewable energy technologies in urban areas.

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