CS Major Lower Division Degree Requirements

GPA/Prerequisites to Declare the CS Major

Students must meet a GPA requirement in prerequisite courses to be admitted to the CS major. Prerequisite and GPA requirements are listed below based on date of admission to UC Berkeley:

Date of Admission to UC Berkeley

Prerequisites required

GPA required

Before Fall 2015

CS 61A, 61B, 61C, 70; Math 1A, 1B, 54

3.0 overall GPA in those 7 courses

Fall 2015 or later

CS 61A, 61B, 70

3.30 overall GPA in those 3 courses

 

Lower Division Requirements

All courses taken for the major must be taken for a letter grade. Students must complete all the lower division course requirements with a passing letter grade to graduate. 

Based on the date of admission to UC Berkeley, students have different options to complete their lower division requirements, as listed below:

Students admitted to UC Berkeley before Fall 2017:

The following courses are required: 

  • Math 1A (Calculus I) *can be satisfied with at least a “3” on the AP AB or BC Calculus exam, at least a “5” on the IB Math Higher Level, or at least a "B" on A-Level Math

  • Math 1B (Calculus II) *can be satisfied with a “5” on the AP BC Calculus exam or at least a "B" on A-Level Further Math

  • CS 61A (Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs)

  • CS 61B/BL (Data Structures)

  • CS 61C (Machine Structures)

  • CS 70 (Discrete Mathematics and Probability Theory) *Math 55 is accepted for math/cs double-majors, but CS 70 is recommended.

Students can choose from the following options:

  1. EE 16A (Designing Information Devices and Systems I)  and EE 16B (Designing Information Devices and Systems II)
  2. Math 54 (Linear Algebra and Differential Equations) and EE 16A (Designing Information Devices and Systems I) 
  3. Math 54 (Linear Algebra and Differential Equations) and  EE 16B (Designing Information Devices and Systems II)

Students admitted to UC Berkeley Fall 2017 or later:

  • Math 1A (Calculus I) *can be satisfied with at least a “3” on the AP AB or BC Calculus exam, at least a “5” on the IB Math Higher Level, or at least a "B" on A-Level Math

  • Math 1B (Calculus II) *can be satisfied with a “5” on the AP BC Calculus exam or at least a "B" on A-Level Further Math

  • EE 16A (Designing Information Devices and Systems I) or Math 54 (Linear Algebra and Differential Equations)

  • EE 16B (Designing Information Devices and Systems II)

  • CS 61A (Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs)

  • CS 61B/BL (Data Structures)

  • CS 61C (Machine Structures)

  • CS 70 (Discrete Mathematics and Probability Theory) *Math 55 is accepted for math/cs double-majors, but CS 70 is recommended. Math grade will be used in the GPA calculation. Students need to be declared in math first.

Recommendations for Transfer students admitted Fall 2017 or later:

  • Students who completed Math 54 with a passing letter grade, have a good background in circuits or self-studied that material in advance, and reviewed the EE 16A homeworks with no significant difficulty completing them, should take EE 16B.

  • Students who completed Math 54 with a passing letter grade and went through the linear algebra portions of the EE 16A homeworks with no significant difficulty should self-study circuits and/or take EECS 47D, then take EE 16B. EECS 47D can be taken p/np.

  • All others (including students who completed Math 54 with a passing letter grade, but don't feel comfortable enough with the material to do the EE 16A homeworks),  should take EE16A (or EECS 47D if there is a unit issue), then take EE 16B. EE 16A can be taken p/np.