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Questions about the EECS "honors degree program"

StudentStudent Posts: 733Registered User Member
1. What's the admit rate among all applicants who have met the minimum GPA requirement of 3.7/4?

2. The committee wants to see "above-average courseloads." What constitutes "above-average?" Over 16 units per semester? Is 12 units/sem (2 tech + 1 hum) way below par?

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Programs/honors.html
It's quite ambiguous.
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Replies to: Questions about the EECS "honors degree program"

  • caughtbehindcaughtbehind Posts: 151Registered User Junior Member
    Well twelve would definitely not constitute an "above-average" workload.. I would guess something like 16 to be a bare minimum
  • DarkPyr0DarkPyr0 Posts: 332Registered User Member
    16 units is average if not higher. There are plenty of people like me taking 20 units, and quite a few people that petition to go over the unit limit.
  • StudentStudent Posts: 733Registered User Member
    How are you supposed to get honors-level grades when taking 20 units at once, unless you don't want a single minute of free time? I already felt the strain last semester with three techs and one humanities class, and I'd really like to reduce that if possible. One of the folks I know who supposedly has a 3.9+ average limits himself to two techs and one hum. class each semester.

    I can do something like
    2Fa - EE 20, CS 61B, Math 55 or CS 70
    2Sp - EE 40, CS 61C, Eng R1B
    3Fa - EE 105, CS 184, E190
    3Sp - EE 141, CS 186, Upper-div hum

    and I'll have met the bare minimum EECS graduation requirements without even beginning a fourth year. Sure, it won't be a very comprehensive education, but it will do for a diploma and nothing else.
  • DarkPyr0DarkPyr0 Posts: 332Registered User Member
    How? Spend all your time studying.

    I took: CS61C, EE20, Math 53, Math 54, History 124B in a semester and it didn't feel like much. Honestly, if I didn't screw around and actually read the books and do the homework, I could have pulled off a 3.7 at the least.

    I don't know of anyone in the EECS honors program, however I do know that the cutoff for semester honors is approximately 3.7.
  • eudeaneudean Posts: 578Registered User Member
    I know a couple of the EECS honors degree program people (Aaron, Evan, Chris, Sahand, Yanpei). They're all very smart people, though I don't know their GPAs. I do know they take hard courses, though (not just upper division, but graduate courses), and I'm sure they do well. I applied to the program myself this spring but haven't heard anything yet.
  • Toaster.Toaster. Posts: 168Registered User Junior Member
    3.7...that's hard to pull off with 16 units or more...

    Well, it seems only a HANDFUL of people get to be honors. Handful as in LESS THAN 20.
  • eudeaneudean Posts: 578Registered User Member
    I think a 3.7 is harder your first semester or two (but it is very important to try to do well in the beginning, because having to raise a bad GPA sucks), but then it becomes pretty easy actually. Math 53 and 54 and EE20 when you're just getting used to college can be tougher, but once you get used to the workloads and start getting into upper division courses, good grades aren't so hard to get.
  • StudentStudent Posts: 733Registered User Member
    Eh, it doesn't really matter to me what the admits' GPAs are, since anyone who makes the honors cutoff is already very competitive.

    Since you've applied, I assume you've been to one of the infosessions on the program. If so, what did they tell you? What's the admit rate among qualified applicants, and what do they look for, etc.?
  • eudeaneudean Posts: 578Registered User Member
    Heh, actually no, I didn't go to an infosession. It was in the middle of one of my lectures and I figured it wasn't worth it (since the application was simple enough).
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