Choosing Your First Semester Classes

Welcome incoming freshmen! Good to see that you’ve chosen UC Berkeley as the school of your choice, and good to see you’re interested in Haas.

A very common question I’ve received from students lately is how to choose your first semester schedule at Cal, and it’s amazing I haven’t written about it before; so here goes!

In a nutshell, I suggest you take these classes your first semester:

  • Math
  • R&C or fun / breadth / pre-req
  • fun / breadth / pre-req
  • fun / breadth / pre-req

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Preparing for Second Semester Classes

Congratulations on surviving Berkeley thus far! We have just entered into the middle of the semester, and now it’s time to start thinking about your classes for next semester. If you haven’t seen already, check out Berkeley Online Schedule of Classes for class offerings for Spring 2015! Telebears start on Monday, so here are some steps I suggest you follow to ensure you can get into all of your classes by January.

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Haas Requirements

The Business Administration undergraduate program at UC Berkeley is a well-thought out program; while not very flexible, provides background for every area of business and prepares students for such areas successfully. In my opinion, this is one of the reasons why the program is so valuable. The core curriculum provides a way to discover the best path suitable for you in business, and the electives provide more focus within that particular path. Haas has one of the strongest undergraduate business programs in the country, and it is due to its amazing faculty, rigorous curriculum, and wide-reaching alumni network. I would like to highlight the curriculum specifically.

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My Scores

Interested in my grades when I applied to Haas? Here they are below!

Pre-reqs

  • Math 16B – A
  • Stats 20 – A-
  • UGBA 10 – B-
  • Econ 1 – B+
  • English R1A B+
  • Ling R1B A-

Applying GPA: 3.64

Note: you see plenty of B’s on here. There’s a also a B- I’m not particularly proud of. However, I took around 5 classes a semester, and it balanced those out to a little below average applying GPA, so don’t expect to have something similar if you have mostly B’s.

Do your best! If it doesn’t go well, supplement your grades with your passion.

Haas Pre-Requisites Schedule

One of your most important duties as a pre-Haas freshman is to figure out the best times to take the Haas pre-requisite courses. This is extremely important; for if you don’t take all the pre-reqs by the end of sophomore year, you will automatically be rejected from Haas without a fighting chance. At the same time, you don’t want to take them all at once. You want focus. Here are some suggestions for the times to take your pre-reqs.

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UGBA 10 vs. Econ 1

It’s not a surprise that the most important Haas pre-requisites are UGBA 10 and Econ 1, the business and economics introductory courses. I wouldn’t it call it a necessity that you need to do well in both, but they are significant factors towards the 50% grades and coursework slice in the Haas application. Here is what you should expect from both classes.

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