Berkeley Econ

<p>I'm a transfer student and I have been admitted to Berkeley (letters and science). I haven't submitted my SIR yet.</p>

<p>As with most transfer students wanting to get into econ, I need to take 2 courses: a stat (stat 20, 21, 25 or upper division) and econ theory (100A, 100B, 101A or 101B) in my first semester to be eligible to apply for econ. Thing is, looking at those classes on the Berkeley schedule, they already seem to be pretty full. I'm afraid that I will not be able to get the two courses (stat and econ) since it is so late and my Calso (registration) appointment will likely be the last one. If I don't get into the two courses my first semester, I couldn't major in econ at Berkeley. I'd have to decide on another major, which I don't think I can do.</p>

<p>What are the odds of getting into those two classes at Berkeley? Should I just submit my SIR and just hope to get into those courses?</p>

<p>i have no experience or knowledge about transfers but i do know that there are alternatives to taking those courses such as taking those over summer (well again, im not sure if this is possible for transfers.. or if registration is still open for summer courses), and certain ugba courses are interchangeable with those econ courses you mention which may or may not be easier to get into for you (ugba 100a, 100b? something along those lines)</p>

<p>Thanks for the response, but I don't think that the courses are flexible in that way. Take a look at this link: Prospective</a> Majors</p>

<p>"All new transfer students are required to apply to the Economics Major their first semester. . .For most transfer students, this means enrolling in Statistics 20, 21, 25, or an upper division statistics course (Stats 131A, 134, or IEOR 172 are acceptable), as well as enrolling in Economics 100A, 101A or 100B."</p>

<p>My question is: what happens if you can not get into those courses your first semester because they are full? Does that mean that you have to forget about econ? How hard is it to get into those courses?</p>

<p>I don't want to get to Berkeley and not be able to apply for econ because I didn't get into the courses because they were full.</p>

<p>Current</a> Majors</p>

<p>^ it says that you can take UGBA 101b for your Macroeconomic Theory course, and there are seats still left in the summer for UGBA 101b (25 when I checked). If you don't want to risk the waitlists in the fall you can just sign up to take it in the summer. it's pretty fast paced though so study hard.</p>

<p>Good catch there. Unfortunately, I'm not going to be attending the summer session because I'm like 1000 miles away right now :( Anyway, it says "New transfer students should not take economic theory (Econ 100A or 100B or 101A) or statistics during the summer session." in big bold letters. Maybe because its too hard?</p>

<p>In any case, I looked more closely and noticed it says: </p>

<p>"Intermediate Economic Theory (one course required to apply)
Economics 100A or 101A (or equivalent)
Economics 100B or 101B (or equivalent)"</p>

<p>What are the equivalents to these courses that they mention?</p>

<p>I would suggest that you get in contact with Jenny Cornet, the economics undergraduate advisor. Her email is <a href="mailto:jenny@econ.berkeley.edu">jenny@econ.berkeley.edu</a> . Even if you can look up all of this information yourself, there is a chance that they will bend the rules for you if classes fill up and you cannot fulfill your requirements.</p>

<p>Although I think you should be able to get a spot in 100A or 100B. (Unfortunately the 101 series is a lost cause; I had to try for two semesters until I finally found a spot.) Worst case scenario, you can talk to the professor and they can add you to the class. With a compelling reason like yours, I'm sure that they would help you out. Especially Martha Olney, who is teaching Econ 100B.</p>

<p>Problem is, I have to make a decision before June 1 and Monday is a holiday so I can't talk to her then. I'm just going to have to make the decision based on what I know right now I guess.</p>

<p>I think that you will be able to get the classes you need. I would submit the SIR.</p>

<p>In an absolute worst-case scenario where you can't do straight economics, you can always do applied mathematics or statistics with a concentration in economics. Or if you prefer a less quantitative experience, you could major in political economy. All are uncapped.</p>

<p>this is only a little bit related, but when the econ website says 5th semester is the last semester to declare (unless you have less than 80 units), are they counting summers as semesters too?</p>

<p>I got into both Econ 100A and 100B even though I was really late on the waitlists... they take pretty much everyone and they let you 'section hop' so you can get into any section thats open even if you have a different class at the same time.</p>