Declaring IB as a Major

Declaration applications are no longer accepted for spring 2017. Please revisit this page after the start of fall semester to complete your declaration.

The College of Letters & Science expects that all students declare by the time they earn or have in progress 90 units. Students who remain undeclared will have a registration block against enrollment in the next semester.

To decl​are IB as a major, students:

Please note that these requirements have changed, effective summer 2012, which should make it easier for students to declare the major earlier.

  • In order to declare IB as a major, students must have completed
    • The math series: For students who enter Cal as freshmen in fall 2012, this means either Math 1A/1B or Math 10A/10B. 
    • Chem 1A/1AL - General Chemistry
    • Chem 3A - Organic Chemistry
    • Either Biology 1A/1AL or Biology 1B
    • At the time of declaration, you must be enrolled in or have completed Chem 3B OR the 2nd biology course, and must have scored an average or better on the course midterm exam.  
  • The lower-division, upper-division, and overall GPAs for courses in the major must each be at least 2.0.

Transfer Stu​dents:

It is recommended that lower division courses be completed before arriving at Berkeley. This is recommended for three (3) main reasons:

  • The College of Letters & Science sets a limit to the number of semesters or units you may accrue after transferring.
  • You MUST declare a major by the time you have completed 90 units (including those in progress). This means that transfers, by definition, must declare during their second semester. 

Transfers should also:

  • have completed one semester at Cal with an average of 2.0 in all courses taken for the IB major, and
  • have completed all lower-division courses, excluding the physics series, having earned a GPA of 2.0 or above in those courses.

Steps for Declaring: Declarations will not be accepted until the start of the fall 2017 semester.

  1. Create a plan:
  2. Click here to begin the declaration process. After submission, come by the Undergraduate Student Services Office (USSO), no earlier than the next day.
    • We need time to review your plan.
    • We recommend you complete this during weeks 1-8 of fall or spring.
  3. Discuss your past coursework and future academic plan with a staff advisor in the USSO.
  4. Meet with your Faculty Advisor, review the completed paperwork, obtain advice, and signature
  5. Return the signed form to the Intake Advisor in 3060 VLSB, who will then officially declare in the student systems.
  6. You will appear officially declared approximately a week subsequent to that submission.

Registration Hold

What is a Registration Hold?

A Registration Hold is placed on all students prior to enrollment in the Phase I CalCentral system for the following semester.  

  • Registration Holds are placed on all students who are declared or will have reached 75 units (including all coursework in progress, but not including AP units) by the beginning of the next term.
  • Registration Holds provide a chance for students to connect with an advisor in their major (or intended major) each semester to make sure students are on track towards graduation.
  • Students must get it lifted from the major advisor for each semester. 

Where and when do I get my Registration Hold lifted?

Check the emails we send to you in mid-September for spring enrollment or early March for fall enrollment, so that you can come in for early advising and avoid the rush before enrollment begins.