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Campus College of Letters and Science plans to limit high-demand majors

UC Berkeley’s College of Letters and Science will institute a policy change, limiting students to enrolling in a single “high-demand” major starting in fall 2023.

The change also means that freshmen and transfer students in high-demand majors will be declared upon admission and will not need to meet prerequisites before declaring themselves.

The change is noted in the articulation agreement between UC Berkeley and various community colleges. The list of high-demand majors includes computer science, data science, economics, psychology, and many more.

Students interested in computer science, for example, may not be able to declare the major after admission, depending on the articulation agreement. Additionally, it is recommended that transfer students complete as many lower division major requirements as possible before transferring to campus.

“If you are interested in this major, it is very important to select this major on your application,” says the articulation agreement for the computer science degree. “If you do not select this major on your application, you may not be able to declare this major later.”

Khia Brunelle, campus educational policy coordinatorsaid the College of Humanities and Sciences declined to comment on the change, saying it did not want to cause “unnecessary stress or confusion” and will comment further on policy details after they are finalized in late September or early October.

Nupur Agarwal junior campus studies data science and economics, two of the majors that could be affected by the change based on the articulation agreement.

Agarwal said she disagreed with the College of Arts and Sciences’ decision, saying students will not be able to explore majors they are interested in if affected.

“It hampers their creative ability and their success in the careers they want to pursue,” Agarwal said. “They may not even know they want to pursue this until they come to Berkeley.”

Although she disagrees with the decision, Agarwal said she understands the campus’ perspective, noting that many students complain that they are not getting the courses they need due to the number of students. people registered and the registration ceiling for a particular course.

Agarwal also acknowledged that the change could help even out places for majors in the College of Letters and Science.

However, she offered solutions such as increasing the number of courses offered to students during the summer.

The university could incentivize students to take summer courses, so the capacity spreads out a bit more,” Agarwal said. “Or maybe they can introduce a priority system, where students can prioritize which major they want the most and have student counseling sessions based on their priority major.”

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