College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

CNR News

March 19, 2012

Did you know? Fall 2012 Tele-BEARS appointments are just around the corner and you will be hearing from your advisor very soon regarding available appointment times. All students registering for Fall 2012 classes will need to meet with his or her major advisor to obtain their Tele-BEARS code.

, even if you submitted your information earlier this semester!

Online registration for Spring 2012 Commencement is available at A handful of students submitted their information last week but the server crashed and all data was lost. EVERYONE planning to walk this spring must (re)fill out this form. If you don't register, you WILL NOT receive four free tickets to the event and you WILL BE EXCLUDED from the printed program. Take a few minutes right now to complete the simple registration form. You have until April 6 to register.

Mar. 21 | Find out how you can be a competitive medical or professional health program applicant
2:00-4:00 PM | 260 Mulford Hall
Are you considering medical or health professional school and wondering what it takes to be a competitive candidate? Join us during this drop in session for tips and suggestions to being a competitive applicant and what you should consider before applying. You can also bring questions about other pre-health profession topics.

Drop in any time between 2-4pm. Drop-ins will be either small group format or one-on-one, depending on number of students attending and the questions you bring.

Mar. 23 | Change your grading option before it’s too late
Are you wanting to change your class to pass/no pass? Log on to Telebears and make any necessary changes before this Friday, March 23.

Mar. 23 | Apply to study in Mo’orea this summer
Mo’orea is the sister island to Tahiti. You will learn about the biology, geology, evolution, and people of the South Pacific. As part of this course, you will be exposed to the fundamentals of field research and will conduct a research project on an island topic, such as marine or terrestrial ecology, volcanic geomorphology, biodiversity, invasion biology, paleoecology, and oceanography of reefs and islands. The course is based at UC Berkeley’s Gump Field Station on the island of Moorea, see

Course Information: This is a 13-unit course and enrollment is by application and interview only. Anticipated fees for the course will be $4,800 for lodging, food, and research expenses, in addition to tuition and airfare. Financial assistance is available for qualified students through the Financial Aid Office. Air fare from the Bay Area varies depending on ticket source and time of purchase. A valid passport will be required, and, depending on nationality, a visa. Applications due 23 March 2012--see the website below for details.

Applications for Spring 2012 are due Friday, March 23, and can be found at

Spring 2012 | The Genetics & Plant Biology major is undergoing changes
Are you intending to declare Genetics & Plant Biology? A new curriculum has been recently approved by the Plant & Microbial Biology Department, a change which will also result in the major being renamed as Plant Biology. The lower division requirements will remain the same with the exception of a 1-unit seminar that will be added. The new major will also provide 5 upper division tracks for students to choose from:
Biotechnology and Bioenergy
Plant Diversity and Evolution
Plant Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics
Plant-Microbe Interactions
Design Your Own Emphasis 
New upper-division courses will also be added, and the goal is to have all changes in place for Fall 2012. All changes are tentative until they have final approval. We’ll keep you posted!