Seven Course Breadth Requirement

The undergraduate breadth requirements provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program. As the foundation of a liberal arts education, breadth courses give students a view into the intellectual life of the University while introducing them to a multitude of perspectives and approaches to research and scholarship. Engaging students in new disciplines and with peers from other majors, the breadth experience strengthens interdisciplinary connections and context that prepares Berkeley graduates to understand and solve the complex issues of their day.

Guidelines for Seven Course Breadth

  • Beginning fall 2015, breadth courses must be at least three units in value.
  • 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.
  • No more than two courses from any one academic department may be used to satisfy breadth requirements (L&S Discovery Courses exempt). Cross-listed courses are counted under every sponsoring department.
  • 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 for a list of these courses.

Current students may only select from Courses Approved to Meet the Seven-Course Breadth Requirement list to satisfy breadth.

Satisfying the Seven Course Breadth Requirement with Transfer Work

  • For courses from California community colleges, review 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.)