Seven Course Breadth Requirement

The Seven Course Breadth requirement is the foundation of the liberal arts program in Letters and Science, providing a rich and varied educational experience outside of the major program. To fulfill the requirement, choose one course from each of the following categories.

Guidelines for Seven Course Breadth

  • No course may be used to fulfill more than one breadth category.
  • Breadth courses may be taken for a letter grade (C- or better required) or on a Passed/Not Passed basis.
  • Through summer 2015, breadth courses must be at least two units in value (only 2-unit courses currently appearing on the breadth list apply). Beginning fall 2015, breadth courses must be at least three units in value.
  • Cross-listed courses are always counted as one of the two courses allowed from one department, even if the course does not appear under the title of the department in question.
  • Cross-listed courses are always counted as one of the two courses allowed from one department, even if the course does not appear under the title of the department in question. For a list of spring 2015 cross-listed courses, click here.
  • No more than two courses from any one academic department may be used to satisfy breadth requirements (L&S Discovery Courses exempt).
  • Courses fulfilling American History & Institutions, American Cultures or requirements in the major program may also be applied to the Seven Course Breadth requirement.
  • The following cannot be applied to the Seven Course breadth:
    • Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams can not be used to fulfill breadth requirements. An exception is the GCE (General Certificate of Education) exams. A score of A, B or C on the Advanced level Chemistry or Physics exams will satisfy the Physical Science breadth requirement.
    • Courses numbered 84*, 97, 98, 99, and those above 190
    • Courses fulfilling the Reading and Composition, Quantitative Reasoning, or Foreign Language requirements

* Courses numbered 84 offered prior to spring 2012 may be eligible for breadth credit. Visit http://fss.berkeley.edu/breadth84note.html for a list of these courses.

Satisfying the Seven Course Breadth Requirement at Berkeley

  • Successful completion with a letter grade of C- or better or a Passed grade in any approved course. See all approved courses on the L&S Breadth Lists or check for available courses with the L&S Breadth Search Engine.

Satisfying the Seven Course Breadth Requirement with Transfer Work

  • For courses from California community colleges, see ASSIST. Note: IGETC certification from a California community college or a letter of reciprocity from a UC campus satisfies the Seven Course Breadth requirement (and all other L&S breadth requirements).
  • Successful completion (with a letter grade of C- or better or a Passed grade) of equivalent transferable courses at an accredited college will satisfy the requirement.
  • For courses from other institutions, check with the L&S Evaluation Unit at (510) 642-7391. (Course descriptions and syllabi may be required to make a breadth determination.)