Major Maps Project

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 100+ undergraduate majors at UC Berkeley.

With sponsorship from Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Cathy Koshland and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen 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.

The project team, in partnership with academic departments, has produced nearly 60 major maps to date and is working to complete 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

Emily Kim, Visual Communications Assistant

Jocelyne Cruz, Visual Communications Assistant

Sophia Cheng, Visual Communications Assistant

Trishley Nubla, Content and Research Assistant

Major Maps Advisory Group

Christina Teller, Letters & Science

Juliana Golden, Office of the Registrar

Lorena Valdez, Transfer Student Center

Rebecca Sablo, Office of the Registrar

Sean Burns, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Sue Harbour, Career Center

Project Updates

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 2019

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