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.
For Freshmen applicants, if you need more time to decide which of our nine majors is best for you, you may select the Rausser College of Natural Resources' undeclared option. The Rausser College offers the following majors:
- Genetics & Plant Biology (GPB)
- Microbial Biology (MB)
- Molecular Environmental Biology (MEB)
- Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics (NS-D)
- Nutritional Sciences - Physiology & Metabolism (NS-PM)
- Nutritional Sciences - Toxicology (NS-T)
- Conservation and Resource Studies (CRS)
- Environmental Sciences (ES)
- Ecosystem Management & Forestry (EMF)
- Environmental Economics And Policy (EEP)
- Society & Environment (S&E)
The benefit of applying directly to one of our majors is that once you are admitted and have accepted your 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. All students who apply to UC Berkeley and select a major within the Rausser College are evaluated based on their application, not on the particular major they select.
With proper planning, you can change majors within Rausser College relatively easily after you complete your first semester. Changing to a major outside of Rausser takes a bit more work, since the various colleges and majors have different requirements.
Transfer students are required to apply directly to the Rausser 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.
International students can refer to the Berkeley Admissions website for International Applicants for more detailed information about the application process and requirements. The Berkeley International Office and UC Education Abroad Program may also provide additional useful information about opportunities available.
Want a Student's Perspective?
The Student Ambassador Leader (SAL) program aims to raise awareness and knowledge of the programs that Rausser 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 College community.
Rausser Peer Advisors are also available to offer personal viewpoints and experiences to current and prospective 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 Rausser to help create the most fulfilling undergraduate experiences possible for others.
Undergraduate admission is directed by Cal's Office of Undergraduate Admissions based on campus-wide admission criteria. The Rausser College of Natural Resources itself does not review the files for freshmen admission.
For the best guidance on Berkeley Admissions, please review the following information carefully: