🎉 Each academic year the Physics Department welcomes about 40 transfer students to the physics major. Typically, these students have completed the IGETC sequence at their California Community College (CCC) as well as the physics sequence outlined for their CCC on Assist.org. This allows for the smoothest transition into the physics major (and College of Letters and Science) at UCB. Transfer students from colleges other than CCCs should contact their physics major advisor to ensure that their prerequisite coursework from their university is evaluated.
Recommended actions for transfer student intending to major in physics are included below. Additional information and recommendations for transfer students, including preliminary course advice, can be found on the main UCB Physics website transfer students page.
- The Berkeley Transfer Center, Re-entry Center, Basic Needs Center, **Student Parent Center,** and Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3) are all additional resources available to you, and we hope that you'll take advantage of their services if/as needed. Adjusting to campus life can be daunting, both academically and socially, but the tools for success are readily available. Please use them!
- Unfortunately, and as a result of systemic inequities, many students at Cal, including transfer students, experience "impostor syndrome," that is, the feeling that they don't belong at Cal. We in the Physics Department affirm that all transfer students belong here, and we work to create an inclusive environment. In terms of impostor syndrome, it's important to acknowledge these feelings and address them personally so that you can reach your full potential at Cal. To this end, the following articles might be helpful: