Transfer Students

The College of Natural Resources welcomes transfer applicants to each of its nine majors. Priority for admission is given to students with excellent preparation for a major, as we do not accept students transferring as undeclared.

A good first step is to review the requirements of the CNR major to which you would like to apply.  Use ASSIST to prepare for transferring as a Junior.  Review the Transfer Admission Guidelines for each major below:

Students interested in applying to transfer to CNR should also contact the undergraduate advisor for the major they are interested in to help determine whether they have met the appropriate prerequisite courses requirements. Our advisors can also tell you about the kinds of opportunities offered in each major and help you to make a decision about which major is right for you.

Please also feel free to email cnrteaching@berkeley.edu if you need further advice or assistance.

Admissions Criteria

If you are applying to the College of Natural Resources as a transfer student, you must directly apply to one of our undergraduate majors. The UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Admissions directs the overall application process, but CNR faculty and staff will review your application as well.

As you prepare for transfer admission, you will want to complete the lower-division articulated courses for the particular CNR major that you are interested in. The ASSIST website has all of the information on transferable course credit for California community colleges and other schools in the UC and CSU systems. If you earned credit at another college or university, those courses will be evaluated after you apply.

Transfer applicants will be evaluated based on the strength of their academic preparation for the major to which they have applied, the grade point average in the required courses, and their cumulative GPA.  Applicants’ personal statements and supplementary information are also strongly considered and are very important aspects of the admissions process. Transfer students apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.   

Important information for applicants

It is imperative for transfers to fulfill lower division course requirements.  Students who do not complete the lower-division courses for their intended major are less likely to be offered admission. Students who have not met minimum requirements are rarely considered for extensions to complete coursework in summer. Students who need to complete key lower division courses (eg. Chemistry, Calculus, or Biology) when they begin at Berkeley are not considered for admission and should wait to apply for the following year. Students who are admitted but do not fulfill the lower division minimum requirements may have their admissions cancelled. 

2-year California Community College transfer applicants: select a major below to review the lower division minimum requirements on assist.org

IGETC - Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum

IGETC does not fully satisfy lower-division requirements for CNR majors, nor is it used as an admissions criterion. For some majors, IGETC does satisfy certain breadth requirements. Please contact your intended major advisor for more information about IGETC and its application to your transfer requirements.

Other Relevant Links

Want a Student's Perspective?

The Student Ambassador Leader (SAL) program aims to raise awareness and knowledge of the programs that CNR offers in prospective and newly admitted students. SAL students are available to offer peer advising to help students through the admission process and transition into the university and especially in the CNR community. 

You can review more information about CNR's SAL Program here or contact them via email with specific questions.

CNR Peer Advisors are also available to offer personal viewpoints and experiences to current and prospective CNR students in order to ease the transition to UC Berkeley, provide a support network for the undergraduate experience, and promote the many opportunities available at CNR to help create the most fulfilling undergraduate experiences possible for others.

You can review more information about CNR's PAL Program here or contact them via email with specific questions.


Henry Kwok, a transfer student in the Environmental Economics and Policy major
 

Henry Kwok '16

Transfer Student from De Anza Community College

Major: Environmental Economics and Policy 

Hometown: Hong Kong

The CNR Transfer Student Experience

"CNR embraces this community atmosphere by offering supportive advisors on academic and career information to enhance my vibrant undergraduate experience. I can easily build long-lasting relationships with my fellow schoolmates, professors, and faculty members within a supportive network. People here have motivated me to take the initiative and achieve my ultimate goals. I enjoy the world-class education in CNR because it helped me to explore my interest in environmental economics and identify my career aspiration."