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  • SQLSQL 234 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    You can fulfill the R&C requirement by taking R&C classes from any language department; you can sidestep the English R1 or Comparative Literature series, which I highly recommend, and I've heard great reviews about German R1.

    Awesome!

    Before I start preparing my SIR for Berkeley, I'd like to make one last confirmation (it sounds too good to be true!) that the College of Engineering only requires the two halves (A and B) of the R&C requirement plus other humanities courses (with two being upper-division, etc...), yet makes absolutely no requirement that one of the courses be in English. In simpler terms, although I may be able to avoid English by taking a foreign language as my R&C requirement, is it going to pop up elsewhere?

    Also, the College of Engineering appears to state that foreign languages classes cannot fulfill the humanities requirement; yet it appears that they can. Can someone in engineering please clarify all this?

    Lastly, it looks like French R1A satisfies both the A and B halves of the R&C requirement. Is that just a typo?

    Sorry for all the questions, but the prospect being able to avoid English (I really don't like essays and literary analysis, if you couldn't tell) is perhaps one of the most awesome things ever.
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  • Golden BearGolden Bear 1008 replies6 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Actually for one, there is no German R1 class, it is German R5A & German R5B.

    None of the R&C classes need be taken in the English Department. You can take the R&C courses in any department such as English (Really Hard), Comp Lit (Really Hard), Rhetoric (Hard), Celtic Studies (Medium Difficulty), French (Medium), Italian, Scandinavian (Easy), German (Really Easy) and etc.

    Taking say German R5A-B, doesn't mean you're learning German, you just read German literature. Scandinavian literature in Scandinavian R5A-B. The department offering the R&C course just shows what type of reading you will have to do.

    I recommend Jeremy Brett for German R5A-B if he's teaching again next year. This class is very easy. He lets use write whatever we want relating to the reading for our essays. Therefore, we don't even have to read all of the books though the class is ridiculously boring.
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  • StrykurStrykur 1731 replies28 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Actually for one, there is no German R1 class, it is German R5A & German R5B.

    Whoops, my mistake. :)
    This is just my speculation, but the breakdown for Chem 1A last semester is somewhere along the lines of 20% A's, 35% B's, 30% C's.

    Sounds about right, but it also means 45% of the class will get a C or lower. And is it true that curves aren't in place for Chemical Engineering classes, I was told this by a student in the College of Chemistry.
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  • DRabDRab 6047 replies57 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    None of the R&C classes need be taken in the English Department. You can take the R&C courses in any department such as English (Really Hard), Comp Lit (Really Hard), Rhetoric (Hard), Celtic Studies (Medium Difficulty), French (Medium), Italian, Scandinavian (Easy), German (Really Easy) and etc.

    Keep in mind whatever the trend that it really does depend on the particular prof. For instance, my roommate in German R5B had no 'really easy' time.

    Also, undergraduates can take graduate courses. I know of a guy who took 11 in his time here, but that's almost unheard of. Even 3 is a lot for the average student- of the students who take any graduate course, almost all seem to take only 1 or 2 total, and not that many students take even 1 graduate course. On a related note, some upper div courses (for example in some math and philosphy courses) have some graduate students in them taking the class.
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  • Qwertz82Qwertz82 284 replies25 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    How difficult are the academics for the EECS major?
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  • Golden BoyGolden Boy 117 replies26 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Just don't take Engineering 77. It is the devil.

    Although maybe our professor this semester is just insane.

    roy, where you been? just bogged down with all that EECS work?

    7A, as well as many classes, depend on the professor you have. This semester there are three profs teaching it. The exam I took was a lot more difficult than one my friend in another section took. It depends on if your prof takes problems out of the book or makes up problems you've never seen before and wants you to apply physics principles to them,
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  • riyamriyam 288 replies37 threadsRegistered User Member
    they're getting rid of engineering 77 and making engineering 7. it's gonna be a lot more simple.
    mechanical engineers MUST take engineering 77 (so i guess now it'll be engineering 7 instead), so i don't see what's the big deal with eecs majors taking engineering 77 but i guess since matlab isn't C++ based it could be useless.
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  • royrules22royrules22 639 replies54 threadsRegistered User Member
    roy, where you been? just bogged down with all that EECS work?
    Actually yes lol. I had a homework for CS due in 1/2 that I just finished now. I had to basically design a simple ALU. I also have to finish my linear algebra hwk and a rough draft of an essay for comp lit by tommorow so I can skip Friday.

    As for EECS workload, lemme just say that after all of this, I have a CS project (design a single-cycle CPU) due Fri after spring break, a linear algebra midterm on tues after spring break and physics midterm that thursday. I'm pretty sure I'm also missing something there...

    As for EECS majors taking E77... why? Don't you already have enough with CS61A/B/C, EE20, EE40, E190, etc..?
    How difficult are the academics for the EECS major?
    See my workload comment above. It's hard. Maybe I just suck, but it's very easy to get bogged down with it. But in the end realize that you are really getting your money's worth (although that won't be true if they keep increasing the fees...), and in the end you will really be prepared. Don't forget to stay on top of stuff. And even if you day, sleep will be a thing of the past. Avoid 8am classes as if they had a terminal disease.
    yet makes absolutely no requirement that one of the courses be in English. In simpler terms, although I may be able to avoid English by taking a foreign language as my R&C requirement, is it going to pop up elsewhere?

    Also, the College of Engineering appears to state that foreign languages classes cannot fulfill the humanities requirement; yet it appears that they can. Can someone in engineering please clarify all this?

    Ehh.. R&C courses are all in English. Sure you may read foriegn literature, but you write essays (and obviously I assume you read the English translations). There's even a FilmR1A, IIRC. So you're still writing and reading in English, just about a foriegn culture. As for foriegn classes satisfying engineering requirement, they cannot fulfil the R&C requirement (unless they are stuff like German R1A which is not really in German). I want to say it won't satisfy your other requirements, but I'm not too sure. That's a question you should definatly ask your advisor.
    how painful is 17 technical units in 1 semester?
    Very ****ing hard. I'm taking 14 tech units now and it's not fun :(
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  • riyamriyam 288 replies37 threadsRegistered User Member
    E190 is a writing course. all engineers must take it.
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  • royrules22royrules22 639 replies54 threadsRegistered User Member
    Yea I know. I will probably take it my junior year..
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  • Golden BoyGolden Boy 117 replies26 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    They are getting rid of E77. Soon? As in...I didn't have to take it? Please, please, PLEASE tell me you made that up?

    You have no idea how much this enrages/saddens/make me hate myself. Please excuse me while I go scream into the night.
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  • royrules22royrules22 639 replies54 threadsRegistered User Member
    Was it really that bad? The couple of people I know who took it didn't seem to think it was horrible..
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  • riyamriyam 288 replies37 threadsRegistered User Member
    check the fall 2007 schedule. no more engineering 77. if you check engineering 7, it will say "formerly engineering 77". btw it's 4 units now so could be more work than before or they're just giving us the units that we deserve for all the work we do in that class.
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  • eddie1988125eddie1988125 7 replies5 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Can anyone inform me about what IEOR is like? I choose that as my major but i am not sure what does it emphasize on. Is it like we study the managment of the industry or it is more like financial and economic stuff. Also, if i dun like that major, when is the time for me to change it. Thanks.

    P.S. I am incoming student for fall semester 2007
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  • riyamriyam 288 replies37 threadsRegistered User Member
    IEOR can be anything from designing industrial machines to analyzing economic impacts of industries and social/economic operations. i think it's pretty flexible.
    you have to declare your major by the end of your 4th semester (typically 2nd semester of soph year), but you must have taken all the pre-req courses to do so. i would say you should narrow down your major considerations to 2 or 3 at most by the end of your freshman year. otherwise it'll probably take more than 4 years to graduate and you'll have quite a courseload to take all the pre-req classes that you haven't taken yet to declare the major that you want.
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  • RaNeRaNe 386 replies100 threadsRegistered User Member
    Hello.
    In the UC Berkeley Freshman Admissions paper, it says that under
    How are admission decisions made?
    one of the criteria is: your level of achievement in those courses relative to other UC applicants at your school

    What does this exactly mean? Say you got a B in a class, but there were no As, would your B be given more credit? How about if there are only a few As?
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  • riyamriyam 288 replies37 threadsRegistered User Member
    so your grades will be compared to your peers' grades. if there were 50 As and you got a B, then that probably means that you got the lower grade in the easy class. if you were the only A, then that probably means that you were the best in the class and that should be taken into account.
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  • DarkPyr0DarkPyr0 325 replies7 threadsRegistered User Member
    Scanned through the thread and here are some of my thoughts:

    Beginning undergrad classes related to programming are being reworked (Just look at 61B, it's becoming lab based).

    E77 isn't completely useless but the 61A covers more for EECS/CS. I've come to this realization after learning that the DARPA team (Grand Challenge 3) is looking for people to port the algorithms written in MATLAB to either C/C++ or straight to FPGAs.

    Unit loads mean nothing. Absolutely nothing. Case in point: CS150; yes it's a great class but it's incredibly time consuming. With that said, do not take more than 2 project courses at the same time unless you feel like burning your money on energy drinks and not getting any sleep (as a side note, it's pretty fun if there are people doing the same along with you; you get to watch the others slowly turn mad as the night passes -- people tend to say and do stupid things around 4AM in 125 Cory). Definitely consult with your faculty adviser and the people in your advising session about the projects of the classes.

    If you're like me, you can consume problem sets like nothing which means taking multiple math and physics courses simultaneously pretty easy.

    20 units (5 techs) is definitely doable. I was actually pretty chill that semester since I had 1 project course and the rest were just problem sets.

    As for competition in EECS, there really isn't any. Case in point: CS70 FA06, everyone was stuck in that damn conference room on the 2nd floor right after lecture the day the homework was due and we were all collaboratively solving the problem sets.

    You're bound to meet people that don't like to help regardless of any circumstances. There are generally many helpful people in EECS. I'm always almost willing to help anyone in my classes (or any random stranger that approaches me while I'm on the 6/7th floor of Soda for that matter) if they ask for it and there are many others like me.

    E190 is an easy class by nature but it can be fun if you take it with the right professor (Kristel).

    Oh and Physics 7A/B/C is hard. But you can't avoid it. It's something everyone (Engineering) has to go through. Consider it as a rite of passage for Engineering; just like CS150 is something every EECS/CS major needs to take even though it's not required.
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  • kmasskmass 230 replies29 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    How is the Bowles residence hall?

    I know it's all guy, but i thought it was cool how it was in a castle...does it get dull since it is all male? Any advantages to living here over say Unit 1, etc?

    Btw, which residence hall would you recommend?
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  • Golden BearGolden Bear 1008 replies6 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Wow, someone is thinking about picking Bowles!
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