Degree Information

Current Undergraduate Students

The Business Administration Major Academic Guidelines, Regulations, and Deadlines

Academic Dishonesty

Please review the Academic Dishonesty policy here.

Add/Drop/Grading Option Deadlines

Friday (at midnight) of the weeks listed below will be the last time to make the following changes. All changes must be made using CalCentral.

THESE DEADLINES APPLY TO ALL BUSINESS MAJORS FOR BOTH BUSINESS AND NON-BUSINESS COURSES.

Last Day of Week 2

Drop without a fee

Drop EDD courses
Last day to drop without a $10 fee per course.

Drop deadline for all UC Berkeley courses designated as Early Drop Deadline (EDD) in the Schedule of Classes.
Last Day of Week 3

Add without
a fee

Add UGBA courses
Last day to add without a $5 fee per course.

Enrollment is finalized on Sunday of the 3rd week and no more students are added to UGBA courses after that time. The exception to this is UGBA 98, 198 and 199 courses.
Last Day of Week 5

Add non-UGBA courses


Drop all courses (includes UGBA)

Change unit value for variable unit courses
Add deadline for all UC Berkeley courses not designated UGBA.

Drop deadline for all UC Berkeley courses not designated as Early Drop Deadline (EDD) in the Schedule of Classes.

Change unit value for variable unit courses.
Last Day of Week 10

Change Letter Grade to P/NP
(non-UGBA courses only)


Change P/NP to Letter Grade
Deadline to change any UC Berkeley course not designated UGBA from a letter grade to P/NP.

Deadline to change any UC Berkeley course from P/NP to a letter grade.

As a reminder, business majors must take all UGBA courses (this includes core substitute courses) for a letter grade (with the exception of UGBA 194, 198 and 199 which are only offered P/NP).

These changes must be made using CalCentral.

Updated: 2/17

Bear Facts

Bear Facts is on-line at http://bearfacts.berkeley.edu/.

Cancellation of Registration/Withdrawal and Readmission

At the time of admission to the Haas Undergraduate Program, all students sign a Statement of Acceptance that includes an agreement to enroll full-time each semester and to graduate by the date listed (no more than two Academic Years after admission to the major). All Haas students are required to do so.

If you wish to leave campus in order to study abroad, please see International Study.

Students that have been suspended from the Haas School and the University because of a Student Conduct case will receive no credit towards their degree for course work taken outside of Berkeley during the period of suspension.

The following information does NOT apply to students interested in international study.

Cancellation of Registration/Withdrawal

If at some point you feel it is necessary to cancel your registration for the upcoming semester, we require that you notify our office in writing with a detailed explanation of why you cannot attend, along with supporting documentation, if applicable, before you cancel your registration. This does not apply to students that will be studying abroad through a non-EAP Program. If you have already enrolled in classes at Berkeley for the semester in which you wish to be off campus, you must cancel your registration through Tele-BEARS (http://registrar.berkeley.edu/canwd.html) . This can only be done prior to the first day of instruction for the semester.

Once the semester has begun, if a student wishes to withdraw, we require that you submit a Petition (.pdf) explaining the reason for the withdrawal, along with supporting documentation, if applicable. If a student is allowed to withdraw, readmission is not guaranteed. If readmission is approved, the semester of readmission will be determined by the Haas Undergraduate Program Office. In addition, readmission does not guarantee a change in the date of graduation listed on your Statement of Acceptance.

Readmission

If you later decide that you would like to apply for readmission to the major and UC Berkeley, you will need to complete the Application for Readmission and Statement of Legal Residence. Download the forms from the web at:
http://registrar.berkeley.edu/current_students/canwd.html

Pay the appropriate fee at the Cashier's Office and bring the form to the Haas Undergraduate Program Office in S450 for processing. Attach a Petition, and any applicable documentation, explaining your reasons for requesting readmission, outlining how your situation has changed, and showing that you are ready to return to school full-time.

Students are expected to comply with the date of graduation on the Statement of Acceptance. If that would not be possible, the Petition (Acrobat PDF) must also include a request to change the date of graduation.

Business Administration majors who have been out of the undergraduate program for five years or more without completing degree requirements will be required to complete the requirements in effect at the time of their request for readmission to the University.

Students who have withdrawn from the Haas Undergraduate Program and UC Berkeley and have earned a bachelor's degree, regardless of the discipline, while away from the Haas Undergraduate Program and UC Berkeley will not be eligible for readmission to Haas.

Please also expand and review the "Statement of Acceptance" paragraph located lower on this page.

Code of Ethics

Honor Code of the Undergraduate Program at the Haas School of Business

As a lifelong member of the Haas School of Business community, I uphold its four Defining Principles, and act with honesty, integrity, and respect for all.

This code was created and adopted by the Haas School of Business Student Association and the Undergraduate Presidents of Student Clubs and Fraternities at the Haas School of Business – Spring 2014.

Violations of the code will be referred to the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Student Conduct and Community Standards.

UC Berkeley Honor Code

As a member of the UC Berkeley community, I act with honesty, integrity, and respect for others.

Date of Graduation

At the time of admission to the business major, all students sign a Statement of Acceptance. This includes an agreement to enroll in 13 units each semester (with the possible exception of the semester of graduation) and to graduate by the date listed (no more than two Academic Years after admission to the major). All Haas students are required to do so. Please note that Haas does not have a unit maximum. Students may complete as many courses as they want, as long as they graduate no more than two Academic Years after admission to the business administration major.

Students scheduled to graduate in a spring term may extend their date of graduation through summer if they wish.

Students who go abroad during their final year at Haas may have to be taken off the Spring degree list and added to the Summer or Fall degree list, depending on when the international transcript is received. This would not entitle a student to enroll in classes at UC Berkeley during the Fall semester. Students completing Simultaneous Degrees, please note that this would affect your date of graduation from both majors. However, their degree(s) will be backdated to the semester that they studied abroad. Please note, if the student is completing a Simultaneous Degree with the College of Engineering or Natural Resources, their degree will not be back dated as those Colleges do not allow for this. Students whose degrees have been finalized and are eligible for Honors at Graduation after their EAP work has been posted to their transcripts, will be responsible for paying for a new diploma from the Office of the Registrar.

Undergraduate Business Majors that have been away from the University for more than five years without completing their degree are required to complete the degree requirements in effect at the time they return.

Please also expand and review "Statement of Acceptance" and "Minimum Units Per Semester" paragraphs below.

Degree List

Students may put themselves on and take themselves off the degree list through Tele-BEARS up to the first day of instruction for a semester.

After instruction has begun students must submit the “Bachelor Degree Candidate Form” to the Haas Undergraduate Program Office.  During the 4th and 5th week of classes students must also submit a $5.00 check made payable to “U.C. Regents” along with the form.

The deadline to have your name placed on the Fall or Spring degree list is the end of the 5th week of classes.

The deadline to have your name placed on the Summer degree list is June 30th.

The deadline to have your name removed from the degree list is the last day of instruction for the semester. Students must e-mail Barbara Felkins (felkins@haas.berkeley.edu) to have their name removed from the degree list.

The deadline to switch a student’s name from one semester to another in the Spring Commencement Program is April 1st .

Email Accounts and Undergraduate Alias

E-mail is the primary means of communication within the Undergraduate Program and students are expected to use e-mail frequently and appropriately. All Haas students are required to establish and maintain a CalMail e-mail account.

In addition, newly admitted transfer students must update their e-mail address on BearFacts by July 15th.

Students who do not provide this information will not receive the Advisor Code (AC) needed to register for the following semester.

The Undergraduate Alias is a mailing list of all Haas majors' e-mail addresses. It is the primary means by which the Undergraduate Program Office can relay important information directly to you.

Enrollment at Another Institution

Business majors may complete non-business courses and business electives at another institution outside of UC Berkeley. The courses may be taken:

  • During the summer break
  • While abroad (see International Study for policies)
  • During the academic year while completing a full-time load at UC Berkeley of at least 13 units (possibly fewer during the semester of graduation; see Unit Requirements)

The courses must be verified as UC-transferable by the advisors in the Office of Undergraduate Admission in 110 Sproul Hall. In addition, students who wish to receive upper division credit for the work completed off-campus must support their request with documentation about the school's numbering system. All business electives must be upper division, cover material not covered in the core classes, and completed for letter grades. Please have the final transcript sent to:

UC Berkeley
Haas Undergraduate Program
Student Services Officer
S450 Student Services Building # 1900
Berkeley, CA 94720-1900

In addition, Haas students can take courses at another UC campus during the academic year if they receive approval from the Undergraduate Program Office to withdraw from Haas for the appropriate semester(s). If a student receives approval to withdraw, the date of graduation will remain unchanged.

Please also expand and review the "Minimum Units Per Semester" paragraph located lower on this page.

Enrollment in Courses

When considering the courses to be selected each semester, business majors should take into account business course requirements, upper division non-business units needed, remaining breadth requirements, University requirements, and necessary prerequisites for courses to be taken in future semesters.  Courses must be chosen to avoid conflicting class times or final examination groups.  Please see Requirements for the BS Degree (.pdf). Responsibility for completion of requirements for the degree always rests with the individual student.

No more than 1/3 of your total UC Berkeley units may be taken P/NP (including physical education courses).

No more than 4 units of 97, 98, 197, 198, or 199 may be taken per semester.

No more than 16 units total of 98, 198, or 199 may be used for degree requirements.

No more than 4 units of Physical Education courses can be used for degree requirements.

Tele-BEARS 

Students should consult a current Schedule of Classes and their registration packets for complete Tele-BEARS instructions and information regarding enrollment and registration procedures (including payment of fees and assessment of late fees). Business majors must sign up for UGBA courses before the end of Phase II or risk losing priority access to the classes.

Enrollment in MBA Courses

Undergraduate students may not enroll in Haas MBA courses.

Advisor Code (AC)

Business majors must obtain an Advisor Code from the Undergraduate Office the week before Phase I of Tele-BEARS begins each semester. Under certain circumstances the Undergraduate Program Office will not release the Advisor Code. For example, if the student has not:

  • Enrolled in the required minimum 13 units
  • Provided the Undergraduate Program Office with the CalMail e-mail account
  • Provided the International Study Advisor with required information
  • Provided the Undergraduate Program Office with needed transcripts, etc.

Grade I (Incomplete)

An incomplete grade may be assigned only if the student is doing passing work, but is unable to complete the course due to circumstances beyond his or her control. Arrangements for removal of the Incomplete must be made with the Instructor of the course prior to assigning the I grade.

An Incomplete grade received in Fall must be replaced by the first day of instruction in the following Fall.

An Incomplete grade received in Spring or Summer must be replaced by the first day of instruction in the following Spring.

When the course has been completed, the student must obtain the Petition to Remove an Incomplete Grade from the Office of the Registrar and pay the appropriate fee at the Cashier's Office. The student must then submit the petition to the department in which the course was offered. The department will obtain the grade and instructor's signature, and then return the petition to the Office of the Registrar for posting.

Grading Policy and FAQs

Please review the web page here.

Honors at Graduation

Students with outstanding academic records may qualify for graduation with Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors in Business Administration. To be eligible, the candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 43 semester units must be taken in residence at Berkeley for letter grades. Physical education activities courses may not be included.
  • Courses taken for letter grades through the Education Abroad Program (EAP) are included in the 43 units for letter grades and in the cumulative GPA.
  • The student's GPA as shown on the UC transcript must be equal to or higher than the GPAs established for Honors, High Honors or Highest Honors in the year in which the student graduates. The required minimum GPA is established by the Office of the Registrar and may vary from year to year.
  • The GPA in upper division business administration courses must be equal to or higher than the GPAs established for business courses in the year in which the student graduates.
  • Upper division business courses completed abroad, whether through EAP or not, must be completed for letter grades and will be part of the business GPA.

Please also review "How to Calculate Your Business/Major GPA" paragraph below.

Candidates meeting these criteria will have the appropriate notation appear on their diplomas and on their Berkeley transcripts after they graduate.

The required GPAs for honors at graduation for students graduating Fall 2016, Spring 2017 or Summer 2017 are as follows:

  Overall GPA Business GPA
Honors 3.762 3.650
High Honors 3.836 3.750
Highest Honors 3.922 3.850

At least 43 units must be completed at UC Berkeley (or while on EAP) for letter grades.

How to Calculate Your Business/Major GPA

To calculate your Business/Major GPA, you add up the grade points for all your letter graded upper division Business courses. You then divide the total grade points by the total units for those courses. This includes any upper division Business courses taken outside of Berkeley. Courses that are not included are those from other Departments (e.g. Economics) that were used to satisfy Haas core courses.

To determine grade points, multiply the value of the grade (as listed below) by the number of units.

A+ = 4.0
A = 4.0
A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3
B = 3.0
B- = 2.7
C+ = 2.3
C = 2.0
C-= 1.7
D+ = 1.3
D = 1.0
D- = 0.7
F = 0.0

For example:

Course (Units) Grade Grade Points
UGBA 100 (2u) B+ (3.3) 6.6
UGBA 101A (3u) A- (3.7) 11.1
UGBA 103 (4u) B (3.0) 12
Total Units 12.0 41.7

41.7 grade points divided by 12 units = 3.475.

Minimum Units Per Semester

At the time of admission to the Haas Undergraduate Program, all students sign a Statement of Acceptance that includes an agreement to enroll in at least 13 units each semester and to graduate no more than two Academic Years after admission to the major. All Haas students are required to do so.

Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 13 units each semester. However, graduating seniors may take fewer than 13 units in their final term, as long as all graduation requirements are met. Students receiving Financial Aid or other support / discounts / benefits, etc. that are contingent upon full-time enrollment should check with the appropriate agency to determine the minimum number of units required. Be advised that if you are not in the required number of units, you may be asked to return a substantial portion of your aid. In addition, international students must comply with the requirements of their student visa.

Students scheduled to graduate in a spring term may extend their date of graduation through summer if they wish.

Normal Degree Progress, Probation and Dismissal

All Haas Undergraduates must maintain normal progress towards the bachelor of science degree each semester in the major. Normal degree progress is defined as:

  • Successful completion of at least 13 units per semester, except possibly during the semester of graduation. Summer session does not count as a semester.
  • Overall UC/cumulative GPA at or above 2.00
  • Semester GPA at or above 2.00

Academic Probation

Students will be placed on academic probation if their UC Berkeley cumulative GPA is less than 2.00. Students on probation are allowed to return to the Undergraduate Program for the following semester. However, they must enroll in a minimum of 13 units and cannot take any courses P/NP--all courses must be taken for letter grades. If, at the end of the semester, the UC Berkeley cumulative GPA is 2.00 or higher, they will be removed from academic probation.

Dismissal

Students will be subject to dismissal from the Haas School and the University on any of the following conditions:

  • If the student fails to make normal degree progress
  • If after one semester on probation the student has not achieved an overall 2.00 average (summer session does not count as a semester)
  • If the student's semester GPA falls below 1.50 for any one term

Passed/Not Passed Option

  • ALL upper division business courses must be taken for letter grades (with the exception of UGBA 194/198/199 which are only offered P/NP), regardless of whether or not you have completed the 38 upper division business units. This includes the courses listed under "Core Course Substitutions," as well as all business courses taken while abroad on an approved international study program even if offered in other departments such as Marketing, Management, Finance, etc.
  • No more than 16 units total in courses numbered 98, 99, 197, 198, 199 may be used for degree requirements.
  • No more than 1/3 of your total UC Berkeley units may be taken P/NP (including physical education courses). Included in the 1/3 are any units completed in an Education Abroad Program, or on another UC campus. UC Berkeley units DO NOT include exam units such as AP, A, O, IB or coursework from other colleges or universities.
  • Students may not receive more than four units of 98, 99, 197, 198, and 199 courses in a single semester. If they wish to enroll in more than four units, they should e-mail Barbara Felkins at felkins@haas.berkeley.edu.
  • At least 43 UC units must be completed for letter grades in order to be eligible for honors (please review "Honors at Graduation" paragraph above).

Petition

Please download the Petition here (.pdf).

Statement of Acceptance

By accepting the Haas Undergraduate Program's offer of admission and signing the statement of acceptance you certify that you have carefully read the information contained in your admission packet and on the Undergraduate Program's website and fully understand the following:

  • The Haas Undergraduate Program is a full-time program, which requires a minimum workload of 13 units per semester. All degree requirements and graduation must be completed no more than two Academic Years after admission to the major.
  • All Haas Undergraduate Program deadlines are strictly enforced, including but not limited to the add, drop, and change grading option deadlines for all courses.
  • Email is the primary means of communication within the Haas Undergraduate Program and students are expected to use email frequently and appropriately. All Haas students are required to establish and maintain a CalMail email account.
  • Haas students must be proficient in the use of Bear Facts and ensure that their personal information is always up-to-date.
  • All Haas students are expected to uphold the Ethical Standards and Code of Ethics of the Haas Undergraduate Program.