College of Environmental Design

Transfer Applicants

Undergraduate Admissions

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

In addition to completing the College of Environmental Design's eligibility requirements (below), all prospective transfer applicants to the University of California, Berkeley, must also meet the University's basic admission requirements for transfer students.

College of Environmental Design Eligibility Requirements

The College of Environmental Design (CED) will review your application for:

  • Evidence of a thoughtful match between the academic program and your academic and career objectives.
  • Completion of all lower-division general education and major requirements by the end of the spring term that precedes fall enrollment at Berkeley. If you need courses evaluated, please complete and submit the Evaluation of Transfer Coursework: Prospective Students form.
  • A minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average.
  • A letter grade in all required courses.

College Breadth Requirements (All Majors)

All CED transfer applicants must complete course work identified as comparable to the following UC Berkeley courses:

  • English R1A and R1B (can be covered by IGETC certification; note: if you do not have IGETC certification, you must follow exactly the articulation agreements between your school and the CED architecture major as described on the ASSIST.org website)
  • CED general education/breadth requirements:
    • Arts & Literature
    • Biological Science
    • Historical Studies
    • International Studies
    • Philosophy & Values
    • Physical Science
    • Social & Behavioral Sciences

Architecture Major Requirements

In addition to the College Breadth Requirements outlined above, applicants to the architecture major must complete the following lower-division major requirements.

Lower-Division Architecture Major Requirements

  • Environmental Design 1
  • Environmental Design 11A
  • Environmental Design 11B
  • Math 16A or 1A
  • Physics 7A or 8A (this course can also be used to fulfill CED's Physical Science breadth requirement)

Math and Physics courses required for admission to the major may also be used to complete IGETC certification. Check with your community college counselor for more information.

Sustainable Environmental Design Major Requirements

In addition to the College Breadth Requirements outlined above, applicants to the sustainable environmental design major must complete the following lower-division major requirements.

Lower-Division Sustainable Environmental Design Major Requirements

  • Environmental Design 1
  • Math 16A or 1A
  • Statistics 2
  • Landscape Architecture 12 (this course can also be used to fulfill CED's Biological Science breadth requirement)
  • Economics 1 or 2 or Economics C3 (this course can also be used to fulfill CED's Social and Behavioral Science breadth requirement)
  • Physics 7A or 8A (this course can also be used to fulfill CED's Physical Science breadth requirement)

Math, Statistics, Biology, Economics and Physics courses required for admission to the major may also be used to complete IGETC certification. Check with your community college counselor for more information.

Landscape Architecture Major Requirements

In addition to the College Breadth Requirements outlined above, applicants to the landscape architecture major must complete the following lower-division major requirements.

Lower-Division Landscape Architecture Major Requirements

  • Environmental Design 1
  • Landscape Architecture 1 [Prospective transfer students must take either LD ARCH 1 or ENV DES 11A (ENV DES 11B highly recommended with 11A)]
  • Biological Science [Biology 1B, Biology 11 + 11L, ESPM 2, ESPM 6, LD ARCH 12 or PLANTBI 40 (this course will also fulfill CED's Biological Science breadth requirement)]
  • Physical Science [EPS 50, EPS 80, Physics 7A or Physics 8A (this course will also fulfill CED's Physical Science breadth requirement)]

Science courses required for admission to the major may also be used to complete IGETC certification. Check with your community college counselor for more information.

Urban Studies Major Requirements

In addition to the College Breadth Requirements outlined above, applicants to the urban studies major must complete the following lower-division major requirements.

Lower-Division Urban Studies Major Requirements

  • Environmental Design 1
  • Environmental Design 11A (UCB non-design courses may be completed in substitution)
  • Environmental Design 11B (UCB non-design courses may be completed in substitution)
  • Economics 1, 2, C3, or Envecon C1 (this course can also be used to fulfill CED’s Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth requirement)
  • Math 16A or 1A
  • Statistics 2

Economics, math, and statistics courses required for admission to the major may also be used to complete IGETC certification. Check with your community college counselor for more information.


California Community College Students

If you are a California community college student, refer to ASSIST.org for the articulation agreements approved by the College of Environmental Design. You also have the option of fulfilling CED's breadth requirements with the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certification.

If you are using IGETC to fulfill CED’s breadth requirements, you must submit proof of full certification by July 15. Partial certification will not complete the requirements. Check with your community college for procedures involved in certification of IGETC.

A list of community colleges that offer articulated courses for the lower-division environmental design requirements can be found at Undergraduate Advising — Articulation. Please note that the chart on this page is unofficial. Only ASSIST.org can be relied upon for the official articulation agreements.

Refer to ASSIST.org to identify California community college courses that satisfy general education and major requirements.


Options for Completing Environmental Design Requirements at UC Berkeley Prior to Admission

  • California Community Colleges (pre-approved courses are listed on ASSIST.org).
  • UC Berkeley Summer Sessions (all three ENV DES courses are offered during the summer at UCB).
  • UC Berkeley Extension/Concurrent Enrollment. If space is available and you have permission from the course instructor and department, you can register for these required courses without formal admission to the University.
  • The Intersegmental Cross-Enrollment program. Community college students may enroll in one UC Berkeley course each semester and pay community college course fees. See the UC Berkeley Office of the Registrar website for more information and check with your community college counselor to see whether your school offers this option.

Applicants from Four-Year or Out-of-State Schools

If it is not possible for you to complete pre-approved lower-division environmental design courses at a California community college or at UC Berkeley through Summer Sessions or UC Berkeley Concurrent Enrollment/Extension, contact us prior to submitting your application to have your coursework evaluated. Syllabi, course descriptions, and work samples are required and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Follow the course evaluation guidelines and contact the CED undergraduate advising office for more information. If you need courses evaluated, please complete and submit the Evaluation of Transfer Coursework: Prospective Students” form.