Selecting Your College

When you apply to UC Berkeley as an undergraduate either as a Freshman or Transfer student, you will be required to select a college in which to enroll, and you may also indicate a major at that time. 

For Freshman student applicants, if more time is needed to decide which of our  nine majors is best for you, you may also select the College of Natural Resources' undeclared option.The benefit of applying directly to one of our majors is that if you are admitted and accept the offer of admission, you will start your first semester under the department you wish to graduate in. Declaring your major will not give you any special advantage in terms of admissions, however; all students who apply to CNR are evaluated based on their application and not on the particular major they selected.

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A plant and microbial biology student. Photo: Jim Block

You can change to a different major within the college relatively easily after you complete your first semester. Changing to a different major outside of CNR takes a bit more work, since the various colleges and majors have different requirements. Thus, it is important that you apply to the college in which you believe you will eventually declare a major.

Transfer students are required to apply directly to the College of Natural Resources and their major of interest. This is because the pre-requisite courses have will have to be completed or nearly completed by the time of application submission. More information on what this process looks like can be found here

Please review our undergraduate majors to decide which of our programs is right for you.

Admissions Procedures

Undergraduate admission is directed by Cal's Office of Undergraduate Admissions based on campus-wide admission criteria. The College of Natural Resources itself does not review the files for freshman admission.


For the best guidance on Berkeley Admissions, please review the following information carefully:

Graduate Admissions

Graduate students must apply to a specific academic department within the College of Natural Resources. Read about the graduate programs based at CNR, and go to UC Berkeley's Grad Division to learn about graduate application information and resources across the campus.