Just out of curiosity, how many Cal students....

<p>Just out of curiosity, how many Cal students graduate with GPAs below a 3.0</p>

<p>Is it a large percentage of graduating seniors?</p>

<p>Is there a website I can go to?</p>

<p>What about less than a 2.5 GPA.</p>

<p>Thanks!</p>

<p>From what I've seen, there are some majors with average GPAs below 3.0. If you really think about it, it's pretty fair to curve the median of a class to a B-.</p>

<p>There are definitely transfer students I know in my major who graduated below 3.0 average.</p>

<p>As for exact numbers, I am bit curious about it too.</p>

<p>I'm curious about it too.</p>

<p>Everyone at Cal looks and is very smart, so I am assuming the number of students graduating with GPAs below a 3.0 might be minimal.</p>

<p>BUT, I could be wrong!</p>

<p>Does anyone know the exact number?</p>

<p>Thanks!</p>

<p>Likely less than half get GPAs below 3.0, since the average GPA has been rising and was 3.27 in 2005 according to <a href="http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/userresearch/charts/2006_Fall_UCB_Undergraduate_Fact_Sheet.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/userresearch/charts/2006_Fall_UCB_Undergraduate_Fact_Sheet.pdf&lt;/a> and [url=<a href="http://www.gradeinflation.com/Ucberkeley.html%5DUC-Berkeley%5B/url"&gt;http://www.gradeinflation.com/Ucberkeley.html]UC-Berkeley[/url&lt;/a&gt;] .</p>

<p>I think the average GPA is probably around 3.4ish now...so probably not very many.</p>

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From what I've seen, there are some majors with average GPAs below 3.0. If you really think about it, it's pretty fair to curve the median of a class to a B-

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<p>One of my CS friends made a list of the average gpa of each department (not exactly major, but it's the closest we'll get) and there are only three such departments: bio, math, and stats (based on the published data).</p>

<p>(Subject, Ranking, GPA)</p>

<p>BIOLOGY | 1 | 2.87095238095238
MATH | 2 | 2.87233802816902
STAT | 3 | 2.92308219178082
AMERSTD | 4 | 3.06290909090909
ENVECON | 5 | 3.08333333333333
CHEM | 6 | 3.09852678571429
LEGALST | 7 | 3.1069387755102
COMPSCI | 8 | 3.11271794871795
COG SCI | 9 | 3.1247619047619
PHYSICS | 10 | 3.12769841269841
(etc)</p>

<p>I'm surprised by legal studies. Is the major actually hard or are there a lot of slackers with that major?</p>

<p>Re: #6</p>

<p>Where can this published data be found?</p>

<p>Also, "biology" as a "department" has only a few courses (1A, 1AL, 1B, 11, 11L); most biology courses are under other departments like molecular and cell biology or integrative biology.</p>

<p>There is University</a> of California: StatFinder which has some GPA data by major group, but it does not go into as fine granularity of majors.</p>

<p>Okay just because the math department's GPA is below 3.0 doesn't mean the math majors are going through hard time. (I mean, I'm sure most of them are, but not end up with sub-3.0 GPA every semester) Almost everyone in Cal take some sort of math class such as 16A or 1A, and those lower-division classes are not generous when it comes to grades especially if you have Professor Sethian. Those who are math majors probably did well in the lower-division classes, in fact.</p>

<p>Same thing for Stat: many, many people take either Stat 2 or 20 or 21 and the grade always seems to be averaged at a low B-. It's not the stat majors going through hard classes, but it's those 500-people lower-division classes that severely bring the average grade down.</p>

<p>^ That may be true, but speaking from experience, upper division math isn't exactly graded leniently.</p>

<p>Ratner</a>, M | MATH Professor | University of California, Berkeley | MyEdu</p>

<p>Set Theory = 1.3 gpa...with 50% Fs</p>

<p>Givental</a>, A | MATH Professor | University of California, Berkeley | MyEdu</p>

<p>Intro to Analysis = 31% Fs, 1.5 gpa</p>

<p>However, there also exist (elective) courses such as number theory:</p>

<p>Cal</a> - University of California, Berkeley | MATH 115 - Introduction to Number Theory | MyEdu</p>

<p>where the gpa is insanely high. </p>

<p>Keep in mind that these are mostly courses required for the major and in most cases the average gpa for these courses hovers around 2.7-2.8. </p>

<p>Yes, a lot of people end up with 4.0s in the math department. That implies that a lot of people are doing poorly :s I have yet to see another department with so many professors who freely give out poor GPAs...</p>

<p>Definitely second the sentiment about upper-division math.</p>

<p>It killed my GPA while I attempted to do a simultaneous degree in math. The only two failing grades I've ever received were from upper division math courses. There's just a certain level of rigor that's hard to achieve.</p>

<p>For a good half of college, my GPA was sitting right below 3.0. I managed to repair it just a sliver above and run off with a math minor.</p>

<p>It's definitely not uncommon for upper div math classes to give out one third F's and only a handful of A's. A ton of undergrads are totally unprepared for rigorous math and abstract thinking.</p>

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<p>She had a reputation of being a tough grader (in comparison to other math faculty) years ago...</p>

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She had a reputation of being a tough grader (in comparison to other math faculty) years ago...

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Wasn't she was on probation for giving out a high proportion of Fs in 1B a few years ago?
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I'm surprised by legal studies. Is the major actually hard or are there a lot of slackers with that major?

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Depends on the class. The theoretical classes were pretty tough. There's also a curve that some professors adhere to. I'm actually surprised by the data too, but it's a small department, so there will be students at low/high ends of the spectrum that skew the average GPA.</p>