Major Maps Project

Helping students design their undergraduate experience

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Elena Zhukova

The Major Maps Project supports UC Berkeley’s goal of improving the undergraduate student experience by providing a tool for students to discover academic, co-curricular, and discovery opportunities in their majors and on the broader campus.

This tool—major maps— features experience maps that help matriculated students design and plan their UC Berkeley undergraduate journey based on their intended major or field of interest. Prospective students who have not yet enrolled at Berkeley may use major maps to aid them in their decision to attend the university and which majors to pursue.

Staff and faculty who support students may use major maps to guide their advising conversations and help students develop plans of action to achieve their Berkeley goals. High school, community college, and UC Berkeley counselors and admissions staff will also have access to major maps to help advise prospective Berkeley students. Parents, guardians, families, and others who provide support to prospective and current students will also benefit from major maps.

About the Project

The Major Maps Project launched in fall 2018 with the aim of producing a major map for each of the nearly 100 undergraduate majors at UC Berkeley. With sponsorship from Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Catherine P. Koshland and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen C. Sutton, a project team was formed and a staff advisory group was convened to guide the development of map content and design.

The major maps project team created map prototypes, which were tested with the advisory group and with the Student Advisory Council for Undergraduate Education (SACUE). Production began in spring 2019 with a pilot set of maps from the most popular undergraduate major programs. The initial set included at least one major from each undergraduate school or college, at least one major from each division in the College of Letters & Science, and one foreign language major.

In partnership with academic departments, the major maps project team has produced maps for 85 majors to date and is working to complete four-year maps for all undergraduate majors. Simultaneously, the project team has begun preliminary work on a transfer student major map concept.

For more information or questions about the Major Maps Project, email major-maps@berkeley.edu

Major Maps Project Team

Anthony Yuen, Project/Policy Analyst and Project Lead

Soomin Suh, Communications Specialist

Amanda Styles, Content and Research Assistant

Isabella Pang, Visual Communications Assistant

Lewana Su, Visual Communications Assistant

Major Maps Advisory Group

Juliana Golden, Office of the Registrar

Lorena Valdez, Transfer Student Center

Sean BurnsDirector, Center for Undergraduate Discovery

Stefan Montouth, Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Sue Harbour, Career Center

Project Updates

Summer 2021

Developed prototypes for new My Major Map webpage
Completed major maps for:
  • Ancient Greek and Roman Studies
  • Bioengineering and Business Administration
  • Civil Engineering and Business Administration
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Business Administration
  • Greek
  • Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and Business Administration
  • Latin
  • Life Sciences, Business, and Entrepreneurship
  • Materials Science and Engineering and Business Administration
  • Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration
  • Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

Spring 2021

Refined prototypes of transfer student major maps
Hosted feedback sessions with SACUE students for transfer map prototypes
Conducted transfer prototype feedback sessions with Major Maps Advisory Group and major advisors

Fall 2020

Major maps now appear in the Academic Guide
Produced prototypes of transfer student major maps
Hosted feedback sessions with SACUE students for transfer map prototypes
Completed major maps for:
  • Architecture
  • Astrophysics
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Energy Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics and Statistics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Environmental Engineering Science
  • Film and Media
  • History
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Operations Research and Management Science
  • Political Economy
  • Political Science
  • Social Welfare
  • Urban Studies

Summer 2020

Completed major maps for:
  • African American Studies
  • Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies
  • Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Native American Studies

Spring 2020

Completed major maps for:
  • American Studies
  • Conservation and Resource Studies
  • Data Science
  • Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Field
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Legal Studies
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Microbial Biology
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Physics
  • Public Health

Fall 2019

Hosted workshops with SACUE students for feedback on existing maps and transfer student experiences
Completed major maps for:
  • Art Practice
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Ecosystem Management and Forestry
  • Genetics and Plant Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Rhetoric
  • Society and Environment
  • Sustainable Environmental Design

Summer 2019

Completed major maps for:
  • Celtic Studies
  • Classical Civilizations
  • Classical Languages
  • Comparative Literature
  • Dance and Performance Studies
  • Dutch Studies
  • East Asian Religion, Thought, and Culture
  • English
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • History of Art
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Language
  • Latin
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Molecular Environmental Biology
  • Scandinavian
  • Slavic Languages and Literature
  • South and Southeast Asian Studies
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Theater and Performance Studies
Printed all maps to date and delivered to departments for Golden Bear Orientation

Spring 2019

Completed major maps for:
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Bioengineering
  • Business Administration
  • Chinese Language
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
  • Integrative Biology
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
Printed all maps to date and delivered to departments for Cal Day

Fall 2018

Project launched and project team formed
Convened advisory group
Hosted workshops with SACUE students on map design and content
Completed design template
Launched Major Maps Project website