Forms & Procedures

Requesting an Advisor Signature

FORM PROCESS

Four-Year Program Plan

including L&S Conditions to Declare the Major, or SAP Appeal

Fill out the forms first and plan to meet with a Data Science advisor to go over your completed paperwork. You can either schedule an appointment with an advisor on CalCentral or you can come to our drop-in advising hours.
Single or Double Major Application Submit your completed packet to our online form.

Any other paperwork requiring a major advisor's signature

including Berkeley International Office forms, L&S Minor Completion form, etc.

Email us at ds-advising@berkeley.edu and attach a PDF of the form you need signed with your student information already filled out.

Changing your Declared Domain Emphasis

If you are already declared in the Data Science major and wish to change your Domain Emphasis, submit a new online major declaration request and select the Change Domain Emphasis option. You will need to attach documents showing the courses you plan to use toward your new Domain Emphasis.

While there is no campus deadline to change your Domain Emphasis, you should be sure to submit any request several weeks before the end of your final term in order to ensure that it is reviewed and processed in time.

Clearing an "Undeclared 75+ Unit" Registration Hold

If you have received an Undeclared 75+ Unit hold on your account and you intend to declare the Data Science major, plan to meet with a Data Science advisor to discuss your progress toward the major and your future plans. We recommend making these plans well in advance of your Phase 1 enrollment time to avoid delaying your registration for classes.

Who is Eligible to Have their Hold Cleared by Data Science:

In order for a Data Science advisor to clear your hold, you must be making acceptable progress toward the Data Science major. Generally, this means that you must have letter grades of C- or better in your prerequisites, be on track to complete your prerequisites within 1 semester, and have a plan to complete the remaining major requirements within the L&S unit ceiling.

If you are not making acceptable progress toward the Data Science major, you are still welcome to meet with us and discuss your plans, but be prepared to have an alternate major in mind and you may need to meet with the advisor for your alternate major and/or an L&S College Adviser to clear your hold. 

How to Have your Hold Cleared by Data Science:

  1. If you have already met with a Data Science advisor to discuss your plans during the current term, email us at ds-advising@berkeley.edu with the name of the advisor you met with, and we will clear your hold within 2 business days.
  2. If you have not yet met with a Data Science advisor during the current term, schedule an appointment with a Data Science advisor on CalCentral or sign in to meet with us during our drop-in advising hours. To prepare for your meeting, please be sure you have reviewed the Data Science major requirements and declaration criteria.

Petitioning a Course Toward the Data Science Major

If you are taking a course that is not approved to count toward the Data Science major, and you would like our faculty to consider approving it by petition, please make an appointment or visit our drop-in advising hours to discuss your situation with a Data Science advisor.

  • Review the list of approved courses for the requirement and be prepared to explain why the course you are requesting is similar. In some cases, you may also be asked why you are unable to take any of the already approved courses.
  • Be prepared to provide a current syllabus for the course.

The petition review process takes 2-4 weeks. Please plan your submission accordingly, considering campus enrollment deadlines. We will generally not review a petition more than one semester in advance of when you plan to take it.

Petitioning a Course Toward the Data Science Minor

We currently do not consider petitions for the Data Science minor except for the elective category, and only if you have already completed the course you wish to petition. We will not consider petitions for courses planned to be taken in the future; if you are seeking a course to take in a future term, please select from the list of already approved options. 

To be considered as an elective for the Data Science minor, a course must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Course has a significant computational component, such as problem sets or labs in a programming or statistical language (except for CompSci courses not already approved)
  • Course applies data science within a specific subject domain (may overlap with Data 8 or Data 100 concepts in domain-specific applications)
  • Course has significant technical content or other substantive value that DIRECTLY RELATES to the practice of Data Science

The petition review process takes 2-4 weeks. Please plan your submission accordingly, considering campus enrollment deadlines. To start the petition process, please make an appointment or visit our drop-in advising hours to discuss your situation with a Data Science advisor.

Requesting to Enroll in More than 20.5 units

Data Science advisors can only approve an increase in the unit maximum for declared Data Science majors. If you are Undeclared, please contact your home College advising office.

If you are declared in Data Science and wish to enroll in more than 20.5 units, please submit a request for a maximum unit increase. The form will be available from the 1st day of classes until the day before the add/drop deadline, and all requests will be reviewed beginning the 2nd week of instruction.

Requesting Approval for Internship Credit and/or Curricular Practical Training

If you are an intended or declared Data Science major and will be conducting an internship related to the study of data science, you may be eligible to receive internship credit by enrolling in Data 197. To request permission to enroll, email ds-advising@berkeley.edu with the following information:

  1. Your name and student ID number,
  2. A brief description of your internship duties and how they relate to your major,
  3. Proof of your employment (such as an offer letter),
  4. If you are an international student who needs CPT approval for your internship, also include the CPT Application Form with your student information filled out.

Once your request is approved, you will receive information about enrolling in Data 197.

  • Data 197 is offered on a P/NP Only basis.
  • Students must make any enrollment changes for Data 197 by the regular campus add/drop deadlines. 
  • Enrollment in Data 197 during Summer Session is subject to regular summer enrollment fees.
  • Enrollment in Data 197 is generally for 1 unit, although students may arrange directly with the professor for a different number of units if appropriate.

Requesting an Update to your Academic Progress Report

If you notice an error in your Academic Progress Report (APR) on CalCentral, email us at ds-advising@berkeley.edu with your name, student ID number and a description of the error.