About University of California Berkeley

A Brief History

The University of California was founded in 1868, born out of a vision in the State Constitution of a university that would “contribute even more than California’s gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations.”

General Information

Berkeley’s academic enterprise is organized into 14 schools and colleges offering over 350 degree programs through its academic departments from Engineering, Law, Business, Journalism, to Natural Resources


Six popular courses


Berkeley Engineering is ranked among the top three engineering schools in the world. The school offers a dynamic, interdisciplinary, hands-on education. Students can pursue theirspecific passion, from bioengineering to nuclear technologies, whilst receiving a robust, multidisciplinary education. Students will also have direct access to top faculty. who are also driven to find the most innovative, impactful ways to change the world.

Business & Economics

Economics majors can enroll in a broad array of economics courses, ranging from economic history to advanced microeconomics. Students are encouraged to study abroad, participate in research, and take advantage of the many opportunities Berkeley has to offer.


The Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry prepares students for careers as professional chemists and serves as a foundation for careers in other fields such as biology and medicine. The curriculum offers a thorough fundamental knowledge of the major fields of chemistry, covering the general areas of inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, plus many more specialized courses.


UC Berkeley's Physics Program is ranked No. 2 worldwide. The undergraduate program aims to provide a broad and solid background in fundamental physics through introductory course work, and then to engage all our majors who are interested in current research with some of the top research groups worldwide.


The Department of Mathematics provides an excellent preparation for advanced degrees in math, physical sciences, economics, and industrial engineering as well as graduate study in business, education, law, and medicine. The program also prepares students for post-baccalaureate positions in business, technology, industry, teaching, government, and finance.

English Literature

Majors in Language, Literature, and Culture focus on written works produced in English and in other languages around the work.