Summary of Degree Requirements

The College of Letters and Science awards the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. To earn the B.A., you must successfully complete 120 units minimum of course work and satisfy all requirements for the degree. The course requirements are designed to ensure that you acquire the background and the breadth you need for further learning and that you explore one subject in depth, your major.

University Requirements

Berkeley Campus Requirements

L&S Requirements

(May be met by IGETC or UC Reciprocity for transfer students)

Major Requirements

Consult an undergraduate major adviser (UMA) in your major department, Berkeley Academic Guide and departmental handbooks and web sites.

Unit Requirements

  • 120 total units, including at least 60 L&S units
  • of the 120 units, 36 must be upper division units
  • of the 36 upper division units, 6 must be taken in courses offered outside your major department (UDOM). For major, courses with the associated department abbreviations, and course cross-listed with them, do not count as UDOM.

Residence Requirements

For units to be considered in "residence," you must be registered in courses on the Berkeley campus as a student in the College of Letters and Science. Most students automatically fulfill the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless you go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through University Extension during your senior year. In these cases, you should make an appointment to meet a College Adviser to determine how you can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.

Note: Courses taken through UC Extension do not count toward residence.

Senior Residence Requirement

  • After you become a senior (with 90 semester units earned toward your B.A. degree), you must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in residence in at least two semesters. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least 6 passed units. Intercampus Visitor, EAP, and UC Berkeley-Washington Program (UCDC) units are excluded.
  • You may use a Berkeley Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence Requirement, provided that you successfully complete 6 units of course work in the Summer Session and that you have been enrolled previously in the College.

Modified Senior Residence Requirement

  • Participants in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) or the UC Berkeley-Washington Program (UCDC) may meet a Modified Senior Residence Requirement by completing 24 (excluding EAP) of their final 60 semester units in residence. At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after you have completed 90 units.

Upper Division Residence Requirement

  • You must complete in residence a minimum of 18 units of upper division courses (excluding EAP units), 12 of which must satisfy the requirements for your major.