Molecular Cell Biology Integrative Biology Major Schedule Planning
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Molecular Cell Biology Integrative Biology Major Schedule Planning

Hello, everyone. Thanks so much for attending
today’s MCC, Molecular Cell Biology and IB, Integrative
Biology, Major webinar. Yeah, I hope your Summers
are all off to a good start, and I hope that you’re getting
through the GBA, Golden Bear Advising modules, and that
some good information is being able to be
provided through those. My name is Greg. I’m an L&S college advisor. And I’m one of the general
college advisors within L&S. And today, we’re lucky to have
with us Zach from Integrative Biology and Clara from
Molecular Cell Biology as well. Let’s see, throughout
today’s broadcast– it’ll run till about
2:30 this afternoon. Throughout today’s
broadcast, we also have some of my L&S
advising colleagues here, who are able to answer
questions through chat. So as questions arise
throughout the webinar, please feel free to type in
those questions that you have, and I will be able to
answer those for you. And then toward the
end of the webinar, with about five or
10 minutes remaining, some of the more-asked questions
will be shared with all of us so that we can all
hear the questions and get answers to
those questions. The structure of
the webinar today is basically that
I’m going to provide a really short introduction
to the College of Letters and Science. And then I’ll turn it on
over to Zach and Clara for a lot of great information
about the similarities and differences
between MCB and IB– information about the
major requirements for each of the programs,
and good information about prospective
course schedules if you’re interested in
pursuing IB and/or MCB. So yeah, from here, welcome,
again, and here we go. OK, what is L&S at UC Berkeley? L&S is the largest [AUDIO OUT]
within the UC Berkeley campus. We have over 22,000 students–
almost 23,000 students within the college now. And there’s about 38,000,
40,000 students on campus. So L&S is the biggest
college within the campus. And L&S, the College
of Letters and Science offers over 80 different
majors within 60 individual specific academic
departments on campus, so there’s a wide
variety of majors to choose from within L&S. L&S is the liberal arts
college at Berkeley. It incorporates the arts
and humanities majors, biological sciences, math
and physical sciences, and undergrad and
interdisciplinary studies, and social sciences. Arts and humanities
majors include those like arts, film, music,
English, biological sciences– we’re talking about today. Integrative biology and
molecular cell biology are the primary programs
within biological sciences. Physical sciences
include things like earth and planetary
sciences and physics. Interdisciplinary
studies includes majors like media studies,
American studies, and an interdisciplinary-studies
program major. And social sciences include
things like anthropology, sociology, and psychology. Within L&S, there are over 20
individual L&S general college advisors. So these are the
folks that you’re working with as you’re going
through the Golden Bear modules. You’re all assigned to an
individual L&S advisor who is chatting with you,
emailing with you, and holding some form
of online office hours. So we’re your guides throughout
this GBA, Golden Bear Advising summer orientation process. In general, the
mission of our office is to encourage
intellectual curiosity and stimulate academic
and career exploration. So what that means is
we’re the kind of folks you can come and talk
with about your interests in pursuing different types
of major and minor programs, and how those major
and minor programs can tie to your future
grad-school goals, and/or your future career goals. Now these general
college advisors are definitely here to promote
the benefits and values of liberal-arts
education, helping understand how studying
different subjects through various
lenses can provide and help folks grow
critical thinking skills, reading and writing skills
that are super beneficial when it comes to going on to
grad school and our careers. And in addition, we’re
absolutely here as guides, and helpers, and
coaches, and advocates to help foster student
development and success. So this means, you know, when
folks come in to talk with us, we hopefully will
help you connect with different
resources on campus that will assist you in
your academic journey here at Berkeley. And definitely,
we’re here to help you graduate in a timely
manner so that you don’t have to stick
around for 10, 12 years to earn your degree. So in terms of
helping you keep track of major and minor requirements,
the major and minor advisors, like, Clara and
Zach are absolutely helpful in that regard. And then the L&S general
advisors, like myself, will help you keep track of
your overall general-education course requirements, and of
all of the unit, residents, and pass-no-pass
ratio requirements that are needed
to earn a degree. A lot of that information about
the general-education course requirements and the
unit residents and ratio requirements is
definitely what the focus of a lot of the Golden
Bear Advising modules is. OK, and then for
a quick overview of all the different types
of advising within L&S. This is sort of a
snapshot of that. So you can see general L&S
college advisors on top in the green will work with
folks on understanding college requirements, planning
for their courses as you’re moving toward being
able to declare a major, helping identify and connect
with different campus resources, talking about
different major and career interests and how all
the majors can connect with those different interests,
assisting when one runs into academic difficulty,
and clarifying the college’s academic policies. Undergrad major advisors,
like Zach and Clara, help folks prepare
for courses that will help you declare
the major, help walk you through the declaration
processes for majors, help you identify
research and internship opportunities within
the major area of study, and help you identify
ways that you can best prepare for graduate school
in that subject area as well. In addition to the
undergrad major advisors within each department, there
are faculty advisors as well. And faculty advisors
are vital for helping you prepare to do research
within the department and within a subject area
and for helping you guide through that process after
specific information, when it comes to grad
school preparation, and to help stimulate questions
and specify your interests within the subject areas,
while faculty advisors can be very helpful. And then within
many departments, there are also peer
student advisors available. So these are fellow students–
usually sophomores, juniors, or seniors– who have firsthand knowledge of
the classes within the college and within the
specific departments. And they can help guide you
toward courses and professors that can help you complete major
and minor and general degree requirements in a way that
you’ll find fulfilling. And then beyond that,
within the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising, there
is a graduate mentor program as well. These are graduate
students here at Berkeley pursuing PhDs in
various subject areas. And they’re very useful to
learn about how to best prepare for graduate school
interests, how to identify different major and
career interests that the undergraduate majors
can help prepare you for, and then a lot of
academic-success information is focused upon by the
graduate student mentors. These things include different
ways of time management, how to connect with professors
through their office hours so that there’s potential
research and internship opportunities that
can become available and that you can share
with your professors that you’re interested
in pursuing, and general life
skills and development skills in college– the
grad student mentors can help with as well. So you can see that there’s
a variety of different types of advising within L&S.
And yeah, today, again, I’m in L&S general college
advisor, and Zach and Clara are MCB and IB undergraduate
major advisors. A little bit more information–
just to splash this in front of you– these are important
deadlines for fall semester. The deadlines for these
different types of actions can occur at a similar
time each semester. So for instance, there are some
early-drop deadline courses. The early draft
deadline is always at the end of the second week
of the semester during fall and spring semesters. And then the general
add and drop deadline is always in the middle of the
fourth week of the semester. This coming fall
semester, that’s going to be September 18. And then at the end
of the 10th week of each semester, this
coming semester, November 1, is the deadline
to change a course that you’re taking from
being letter graded to being a it pass/no pass. Or if you’re taking
a pass/no pass, and it’s offered
for a letter grade, to change it back to
being letter graded. So it’s you have a pass/no
pass, letter-graded grade-option deadline to change
those kinds of things. Beyond that, there is a
late-change-of-class schedule process within L&S that your
general L&S advisor would be happy to assist you with
during the semester if you have questions about that. That deadline for this
coming fall semester will be December 6. And then finally, the last
deadline for the semester is the last day to
withdraw from fall term is December 13, the
last day of our week. There are plenty of more
webinars upcoming beyond today’s. We encourage you to look
through the schedule here, and sign up for those
that are of interest to you. Attending webinars in June
and July, if you’re able, is a great way to
learn more information about these specific
subject and content areas. And definitely remember that
the Golden Bear Advising modules and Golden Bear Advising
final assignment is due to turn in June 30. If you have questions
or concerns about that, please contact your L&S
advisor through GBA courses and start a conversation
about that Golden Bear assignment and any questions
that you have about that. OK, and after today’s
webinar– it’s being recorded. And it usually takes three,
four, five days in order for it to be recorded and
placed up on YouTube. So you’ll be able to find
this information at LS College Advisors on YouTube
in a number of days. It’s also definitely
worth highlighting that there’s a wealth
of other video webinars and short videos from L&S
up on YouTube already. So check those out
as great resources for learning more
information about a variety of different topics. And at this point,
I’d like to turn it on over to Zach and Clara. OK. Hi, everybody. Thanks so much for
joining us today. My name’s Clara Ng-Quinn. I’m one of the staff advisors
for molecular and cell biology. And I’m Zach Chestnut. I’m one of the academic advisors
for integrative biology. And so here, we have
our contact information. You can reach out to us, as
well as our fellow advisors in IB and MCB. We’ve got our email address. That’s our general
line, so we all answer that, as well
as our website that has a lot of information,
including much of what we’ll share with you today. We do have an
office in room 3060 at the Valley Life
Sciences building. And we are open this summer if
you happen to be in Berkeley and want to stop by
with some questions. All right, so we’re
not the only ones who can advise an IB and MCB. We have a great group of
volunteer student peer advisors who are real-life juniors
and seniors in these majors. They have been
through this process, and they are a great resource to
help students answer questions, like, how did you decide
on this major, what is it like to do research
at college, what’s been your favorite class,
what’s been your least favorite class, what do you
plan to do after you graduate? So you can get the different
student perspectives by talking to the peer advisors,
and they have great resources as well. So the integrative biology
major is a new area for a lot of incoming students. One of the first
questions we usually get is, what is integrative biology? And its integrative. It integrates different
approaches of science, it integrates different
fields of biology, different subfields. It brings in collaborators
from different research areas and different
specialties to try to answer the big, complex
questions in biology. And so this cube here kind of
represents biology as a whole. One access is
organismal diversity. That can be if you’re looking
at animals versus plants, what types of animals,
what types of plants. You can be looking over
different time scales– so where large
evolutionary questions. You can be looking at different
levels of organization– so organismal interactions, all
the way down to specific gene interactions. And so you might be used to
biological questions that focus on one particular point
of this cube that might, say, be looking at a particular animal
cell in a particular animal cell type, and looking at
it and present day to try to characterize that cell type. But an integrative
biology, they’re going to be looking at
that particular animal cell type in the context
of the bigger picture, in the context of this cube. They’re thinking about, what
are the other cells that interact with that
in that same animal? How has that cell diverged
over time from, maybe, the most closely related
taxa to that animal? How does that cell maybe
influence the phenotype where that animal then has
a different interaction with other animals or other
organisms in its environment? And so those types of
big-picture questions are what makes IB unique. OK, so I’m going to talk
to you about what MCB is. So again, this stands for
molecular and cell biology. This is a really
good major for you if you really want
to be a content expert in a particular
field of biology. So our majors split up into
five different emphases that you can see
on the screen here. So regardless of which
emphasis a student chooses, all of our MC
students will still take fundamental classes
in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular and cell
biology, of course. So if you’re the type of person
who really likes to study, I guess, the
nitty-gritty of biology, if you really want
to learn what’s going on on the
molecular and cell level, then this is the major for you. So today, we’re talking
about two majors, IB and MCB. But we want you to
realize that there are 13 biology majors
on campus across four different colleges and schools. And so we’re not the only
place to study biology, and we want you to– and this is the general
theme of L&S, I think– well, to explore
with your time here. We want you to take advantage
of all the resources Cal has to offer. And that means taking a lot
of time in your first years to explore these different
majors, what makes them unique, the research that’s going
on in them, the classes that are taught in them, and really
find the best fit for you. So with IB and MCB, we have
the same lower-division requirements, and we’ll
show you those in a minute. But that means that our students
come in exploring by default. They’re taking classes that
could apply both to IB and MCB until they’ve reached, maybe,
upper-division specialty classes and have then decided
on one major versus the other. So some of the differences– IB, as we talked about earlier,
has a comparative approach. And its upper-division
course requirements mean that students
are taking classes from all of these different
areas of evolution to biodiversity, human
biology and endocrinology, comparative animal physiology. And there’s a lot of flexibility
in how student structure there major to choose those
upper-division classes, whereas MCB has a specialized
approach founded in molecules and cells, where they’re looking
at what makes things tick and how those small pieces
have come about over time and how they interact. And so their
upper-division courses follow a very linear track,
where you’re constantly building on the information
from the past course until you have a very
specialized knowledge in one of their emphasis areas. One unique program
of the MCB major is this brand-new program
Biology and Business. So this is designed
for students who have equal passion for
both biology and business. This is the kind
of student who goes to sleep at night
thinking of business and wakes up ready to
think about biology. It’s ingrained in
them on both sides. And those students
earn two degrees. So in four years, they’re
earning a BA and MCB and a BS in business
administration from the Haas business. So it’s a very rigorous
program, and we understand that. Those students are
supported along the way. So they start out as a cohort
taking a freshman seminar, and that will be
in spring semester. And then they finish with
a senior capstone class. And all along the
way, there are lot of professional-development
opportunities interacting with business leaders
and research specialists. And so far, the early
returns are that it’s a really great program. So if you’re interested,
please contact the program’s coordinator, Sarah
Matlov, as soon as possible so she can discuss the core
specifics with you and help you get on track. So these are the
lower-division requirements for both IB and MCB. You can see here that the majors
require a year of calculus, general chemistry with lab,
organic chemistry with lab, general biology with
lab, physics lab, and one class unique to IB
down at the bottom, IB 77 either A or B. That’s a
fall of spring difference. But besides IB 77, the major
requirements are the same. So students are typically
declaring IB or MCB either at the end of
their sophomore year or sometime throughout
their junior year. And they’ve been taking
these classes all along. So you can see that
the majors are very similar from the beginning. And students are set
up to choose as they become more specialized. OK, so I’m sure you have a lot
of questions about what classes you’re supposed to
take for IB and MCB. And so we give it to you here. So here, we have two
different samples for your plans– for IB and MCB. I do want to go
over, in more detail, the first-semester schedule. So the majority of freshmen will
take either math 10A 1A– so that’s first-semester calculus–
as well as Chem 1A 1AL, which is general chemistry. And that’s actually
all you need to take in terms of major requirements
in your first semester. So you still need
to reach 13 units to be considered
full time, so we recommend adding in either
a reading and composition requirement, or maybe
a breadth class. That still may not add
up exactly to 13 units, so IB 7 to 7A which
Zach mentioned before, is a really great way to fill
out the rest your schedule. It’s only one unit, and
it’s a really great way to learn about what IB is,
especially if you’re still trying to decide which
major is right for you and just want to learn
more about biology. So I highlighted
the second semester in both of these
schedules in blue just to show where
they both deviate. So on the schedule on
the left-hand side, the students taking math 10B
or Math 1B, second-semester calculus, along
with Chem 3A, 3AL, which is organic chemistry. On the right
hand-side, the student is still taking
second-semester math, but they’re taking
biology instead. But as you can see in the
rest of both schedules, our students don’t have
to take more than two major requirements
every semester, and they’re still
able to graduate on time in eight
semesters, and they don’t need to take any
summer classes as well. So because our students only
take two major requirements every semester, our
students have plenty of time to finish all of your
other general requirements, like your other breadth
classes, for instance. And a lot of times,
our students are able to pick up a minor
as well since they have time [INAUDIBLE] for it. OK, so I want to go into some
more detail about your math classes. So as I mentioned before,
we accept two different math series, either the
math 1 or 10 series. So the math 10 series is
actually a combined calculus, stats, and combinatorics. For students who want
to go for this option, this math series is intended
for life-sciences majors. And for students
who are thinking about going into medical
school, math 10A and 10B can actually fulfill both
calculus and statistics requirements for medical school. However, we really recommend
that you have already taken calculus in high school
before going into the math 10 series. The math 1 series, on the
other hand, is calculus only. So this is actually
the math series that students attending the
Biology-Business program would have to take. This is also the recommended
series for students who are thinking about doing
a second major, or maybe a minor in another STEM
field, such as computer science, physics, engineering,
something like that. So I do want to make a note
that these math classes are definitely very rigorous
here at Berkeley, so I want to give you some
ultimate math classes. So if you maybe didn’t take
calculus in high school, or if you just feel like
your pre-calculus or calculus background is a
little bit shaky, then I do recommend
maybe taking pre-calculus in your first semester,
which is Math 32. So this would be instead of
taking Math 10A or Math 1B. So taking pre-calculus
in your first semester will not hold you
back from graduation. So if you feel like you
need an extra semester before you jump into calculus,
definitely consider Math 32. If you feel like you’re
ready to go into calculus, but maybe want some extra
support or extra prep, then I recommend looking
into Math 98, which is an adjunct course run by
the Student Learning Center. So in this adjunct
course, and upperclassmen will attend either Math
1A or math 10A with you. And then in your
adjunct course meeting, they’ll provide extra
practice problems, they’ll review the
lecture from that day. So this is a really
great weights for getting extra support in a
smaller classroom environment. If you’re not quite sure
whether Math 32, or Math 1A, or math 10A is a
good fit for you, the math department
has a diagnostic exam on their website, which you
can see there on the link. And if you feel like you
need even more support, the math department also has
a learning tool called “ALEKS” that provides even more
extra practice problems and assessments as well. OK, so on to chemistry. So just like math, Chem
1A, General Chemistry, is a very rigorous class. And it really doesn’t go
into any review as well, so we really recommend
that you have taken chemistry in high
school somewhat recently. And if you’ve
taken AP chemistry, that’s definitely really
good preparation for Chem 1A as well. So I did want to mention Chem
32, which is the Chemistry Prep class. So if you feel like your
background in chemistry from high school
is kind of shaky, or if you took chemistry maybe
during your sophomore year rather than your
junior or senior year, or if you did take
AP or IB chemistry and didn’t do so
well on the tests, then I would really recommend
considering Chem 32. And I want to also
reiterate that taking Chem 32 in your
first semester is not going to push back
your graduation or hold you back in any way. So there are also study
groups and drop-in tutoring that’s run by the
Student Learning Center. And they also hold mock
practice exams for Chem 1A as well, which is
super helpful too. OK, so Clara covered
math and chem options. And we did want to
share with you, too, the biology options at
the lower-division level. So we have two general
biology classes here at Cal– BIO 1A, and its adjoining
lab, BIO 1AL, and then our second class, BIO 1B. Now the letters
are just separate. The classes and the topics
that they teach– they’re not to indicate any
particular order. Students can take
BIO 1B before they’ve had BIO A and vise versa. One of the
differences, though, is that BIO 1A has its
separate lab, 1AL, and those have to be registered
for at the same time, whereas BIO 1B has
its lab already built into the classroom. So there is no BIO 1BL. It’s all lecture
and lab combined. So those classes, you
might have noticed from the four-your sample plans,
typically come a little bit later. In our recommended
plans, math and chemistry tend to come first. And so a lot of students
are eager to take some kind of biology early on. And that’s really where seminar
classes can help you not only learn about the breadth
of biology on campus, but also, get to meet faculty
on a really close level. So IB 77A in the fall
and B in the spring is Integrative Human Biology. It’s good for both IB
and MCB-intended students because it brings in a different
faculty member each week to talk about their research,
the classes they teach, why they came to Cal,
why they’re biologists, and it really provides
a space for students to interact with those faculty. They have dedicated office
hours and time set aside for that seminar class
to have the students meet with the faculty and
discuss these things. It’s also a great place to
meet other biology students as freshmen. You might not know everyone
in your Math 1A class, and that Math 1A class
is full of students with broad interests. But in IB 77, the person
sitting next to you is also interested in biology. So it’s a good way to
meet those classmates. We have other
lower-division classes, which can be good to get
the full-time status to help you fill out that schedule. And the ones I’ll note– IB 35AC, Human
Biological Variation, does satisfy the American
Culture’s requirements. And then those freshman
and sophomore seminars are put on by the College
of Letters and Science are small enrollment,
maybe 15-student classes, where you get to deep
dive into a specialized topic with your classmates
and faculty sponsor. OK, so as I mentioned
before, taking math 32, which is pre-calculus or Chem 32,
which is Chemistry Prep, is not going to hold you
back from graduation. So I just wanted to provide
some four-year plans taking either Math 32
or Chem 32 into account. So on the left-hand
side, this is a student who is starting out with Math
32 in the first semester, along with Chem
1A, and then maybe a breadth class,
and maybe IB 77A. But as you can see, this
does push off calculus to the spring semester
of their freshman year. And it adjusts the order
of their lower division a little bit, but as
long as the student still takes two major
requirements each semester, they’ll still graduate just
fine in eight semesters, and they will not need
any summers as well. On the right-hand
side, this is a student who is taking Chem 32, along
with either Math 10A or 1A. So this does push off Chem
1A to the spring semester. But again, they’re
still able to graduate in eight semesters on
time, and they will still only need to take two major
requirements every semester. So I just want to
say again, if you feel like you might need some
extra time to review material before you jump into
calculus or chemistry, definitely think about
whether taking these prep classes your first semester
is the best move for you so that you can go into
[INAUDIBLE] chemistry with the best
foundation that you can and be set up to be successful. OK, so I’m sure there’s also
a lot of questions about test credit, like AP, IB, A levels. So only MCB accepts test credit. Integrative Biology does
not accept any test credit whatsoever. So you can see the test
credit that MCB accepts there. It’s only AP Chemistry
and AP Biology. I do want to let
you know, though, that a lot of her students
do come into Berkeley with AP credit, for example,
but they often choose to take chemistry and
biology anyway and not use their test credit to waive it. This is because, again– I really want to emphasize
being prepared and having a really good knowledge
foundation before you jump into harder classes
in our majors, especially our upper division,
which do require chemistry and biology as prerequisites. So if the last time
you took chemistry was your sophomore year
or something like that, you may want to
take Chem 1A anyway instead of taking the AP exam. And as you saw in
our previous slides with the four-year plans,
our students typically don’t take BIO 1A or
BIO 1B until maybe their second semester
at the earliest, or maybe during their
sophomore year as well. So if you took AP Biology maybe
your junior year, sophomore, senior year, that would
have been quite some time since you took biology. So I would say
definitely consider taking the classes anyway
and not using your test credit to waive them. The test credit will
still count as units to go towards graduation though. I also want to make a note that
if you are thinking about being pre-med or maybe a
different pre-health career, such as pharmacy, or dental
school, or something like that, those graduate
schools often don’t accept test credit either. So they really want
their applicants to take the classes
in a college setting. So you might have to
take these classes and not use test credit anyway. One last thing–
we do not accept any AP credit in
calculus or physics to waive or replace
requirements. That said, it is
possible to place into higher-level calculus
classes with AP credit. However, if this is something
you’re thinking about, we really recommend
that you reach out to us and ask us about what your
other math options are. And this is only for MCB. IB doesn’t accept
any test credit. OK, we’re almost done
talking about classes. We’ve pointed out early on
that we want you to explore. We want you to experience
things and to make the most of your time at Cal. And for a lot of students,
that includes planning for a study-abroad experience. I do want to point out that
there’s a webinar on June 17 that is tailored
to study abroad, so that might be
a great resource. We also have advisors in
the Study Abroad office who can help you explore
the different programs and find one that
fits your interests and maybe your time frame needs. We do have a lot of students in
both IB and MCB study abroad. And depending on
their program, they’re actually able to apply some of
this credit towards the major. So for example, there
are several programs in the summer where
students can complete both semesters of physics. They can go to England,
Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong, Cyprus, [INAUDIBLE]
and do both semesters of physics in one summer. We also have programs
where students can take a semester
abroad or summer abroad and do
upper-division coursework. Some of this needs
to be approved, but we also have pre-approved
lists on our website. So these are great
places for students to get a breadth of experiences,
to take different classes, to engage with
different cultures, take classes with
different students, from different professors, and
a different kind of university, and to really learn more with
their research experiences, their internship experiences. It’s a really great
thing to think about. Next, I wanted to let
you know about our EOP satellite advising. So EOP stands for the
Educational Opportunity Program. For students who might
be interested in this, we have one of our
advisors, Elvia Sornoza, who will go to the EOP space
and provide one-on-one advising. Her email is there if you
want to learn about how to make appointments with her. So for students
who fall under EOP, these will be students
who maybe come from a low-income background. You might be in a group
that is historically underrepresented in colleges. Or maybe you’re even just the
first person in your family to attend college. So this EOP satellite
advising is there for you. If you wanted to talk
about class planning, how to make the most of
your college experience, or even if you’re just
nervous about going to college and leaving home
for the first time, this is all definitely
stuff that you can talk with Elvia about. So again, her email
address is there if you want to know about how
to set up appointments with her through EOP satellite advising. OK, so I wanted to show
you where to find resources if you are thinking about
going to medical school or you’re thinking about
a different health-related career. So there is pre-med
and pre-health advising through the Career
Center and L&S as well. So there’s a link there for
more information about advising. If you wanted to know
what the courses are– the prerequisites courses–
are for medical school, you can find the list there. And that link will also
tell you what the course names are for the
Berkeley classes fulfil pre-med requirements. And if you’re not interested
in medical school, but you so want to do
something health related, just nursing,
physician assistant, stuff like that, you can find
the list of those prerequisites on that link there. And finally, there’s going
to be another webinar for pre-med and pre-health
students on July 9. And then I just want to
reiterate the resources that are provided by the
Student Learning Center, such as the Math
98 adjunct course. And there’s also drop-in
tutoring, study groups, and exam review for chemistry,
as well as, actually, all of our other
science classes that are required for SB and IB. And you can find information
about that on the links there as well. So let’s fast
forward a few years. Now you’re starting to think
about your career and thinking, what can I do with a
degree in IB or MCB. And the answer,
really, is anything. And I know that’s frustrating
to hear at this point, but it’s true because these
are analytical majors that teach you how to
think about problems and how to work with
others and collaborate with people from
different fields to answer really
complex questions. And so a lot of our students
choose to go into research. That could be in
a field setting, in conservation setting. They could be doing
clinical research, could be doing wetland
research, or they could also be working in bioinformatics
and data science. Or they could be leaving
research altogether and go onto education. And if education is
an area of interest, I recommend reaching out
to the CalTeach program here on campus. Some people will leave
science altogether. They’ll go into
business consulting, and they can do
corporate analysis. But they might come back to
science later on the business side and work for
a biotech company or pharmaceutical company,
either in business development, sales, regulatory
affairs, or policy. Some students go
into patent law. And then, of course,
a lot of our students enter Cal interested
in a health-care field, whether that’s being a doctor,
being a genetic counselor, dentist, pharmacist,
you name it. And there are a lot of
resources available for each of these paths on campus. OK, so we wanted to end today,
before we take questions, by just addressing some
of the common myths that we’ve heard over
the last few years. And we’re going to
alternate these. So I’ll start with
the first one. One of the myths
that we hear is, pre-med or research are
really my only job options– that I’m limited when I
graduate to just being able to do those two things. And that’s untrue. I hope the last
slide even has just shown you that there are so
many more options out there. And that’s really, we’re
talking to our peer advisors and some other
students in the major as they’ve developed
their interests and made these contacts
in the real world and help you explore
these new areas. OK, so the next myth
that we encounter a lot is, I can’t talk to an IB or MCB
advisor until after I declare. So this is definitely not true. We are open to meeting
with all students, including freshmen
and sophomores. We’re available via appointment. But even if you don’t
have an appointment, we’re actually available
just on drop-in as well. You can literally just come
into our office and say, I want to talk to an advisor,
I don’t have an appointment, and one of us will be
happy to talk to you. So again, you don’t have
to wait until after you declare to come to with us. You can come with us starting
the first day of classes. Another question is,
I have to do research. Now, we are a
researcher university. We’re pretty good at it. Our faculty are good
at what they do. But it’s not for everyone,
and we understand that. Students aren’t required to
do research in the major, but they are required to take
a lab class in both IB and MCB. And even if you are
interested in research, it may not be restricted to
just biological research. We have students who are
doing research projects in the English department,
in the history department, in engineering, as well
as off-campus at UCSF, at different
hospitals in the area, as well as that
[INAUDIBLE] labs. OK, so for the next myth, I have
to compete with my classmates for grades. So we are aware that there
is a reputation of our majors being very
competitive, especially since a lot of our
students are pre-med. But I want to let you
know that we actually find that students who work
together to study, or maybe work together to share
notes with each other, and come up with practice
problems on their own, and put together
study guides together actually end up doing better
than students who might try to tackle everything
thinking that someone is going to compete with them. So we really recommend
when you come here to Cal that you just say hi
to the person next to you in class. Maybe that person could
be your study buddy. And maybe together, you can
beat the curve in the class. And again, we really do you want
to let you know that it doesn’t have to be competitive. You can definitely
work together. Our last myth that
we’ll tackle here is that everyone knows
what they’re doing but me. And that’s just not true. When you do sit down
in class, and talk to that person next to you, and
introduce yourself, and form a study group, you’ll learn
that a lot of your classmates share the same questions and
share the same uncertainties about what major
they want to do, how they want to
spend their time, what they want to do
once they graduate. And we know this because
we have conversations with individuals– but with something we want
you to understand, as well– that these are common
questions that you’re sharing, and that you can get
through them together by talking with each other
talking, with your peers, and with advisors across campus. OK. So that wraps up
our portion of this. If you have any more
questions, please email your college advisor
through the B courses if it’s Golden Bear Advising
related, or at their website. If you have IB- or
MCB-specific questions, you can use our email
addresses here, as well as the contact information
on your earlier slides. And I believe will
now take this time to answer some of your
writing questions. Thanks so much Zach and Clara. Yeah, we got so
much information. I learned some new things
from your presentation as well today, so I
appreciate it very much. During the presentation,
we got a lot of questions from students that are really
good and pertinent to MCB and IB. Well, the first thing
that caught my eye was, what if I take
Math 1A and 1B sequence? What does that mean for
my Statistics requirement for each of the majors? And maybe Clara, Zach,
can you speak to that, in terms of what it
means for MCB and IB? [INAUDIBLE] OK, so for students who take
Math 1A and 1B, if you’re going into a career that
requires statistics, it does mean that you do have to
take an extra statistics class. So that could mean along with
your two semesters of calculus, a third semester of statistics. However, there’s a lot of
different statistics options that you can take. And if you decide to take an
upper-division statistic class, there is a way to have
that count in your IB or MCB as a major elective. So even though it would end up
being a third semester of math, you can still use it to count
not only towards that career, but also, possibly towards
your major as well. So we find that our students
who take the Math 1A 1B series are inconvenienced, really. They’re not really
at a disadvantage since they have so many
different stats options. OK, thanks so much for
that information as well. Let’s see. A clarifying question that
came up a number of times was students are
asking about what specific lower-division
requirements are needed to declare each
of the majors, again. So yeah, I know it
was talked about a bit during the presentation. Zach and Clara, would you mind
speaking to each of your majors once again? Could you move back to
that [INAUDIBLE] slide? Yeah, so I’ll take that one. We are working on pulling
up that slide for you if you can see it here. I’ll also say that
that information for what is required to
declare is on our websites. And so we each have How
to Declare the Major pages on the website. Generally, those
first-semester classes are going to be your
calculus and chemistry. And you’ll see
from a few earlier that there are certain classes
which are required to declare. So for example, Chem 1A– it’s adjoining lab,
Chem 1AL; Chem 3A– it’s adjoining lab Chem 3AL. Both of those are required to
declare both the MCB and the IB major. IB requires that
students have completed two semesters of
calculus, whether that’s the 1 series or the 10 series. And that’s what’s
denoted here in the blue. So those courses must be
completed in order to be eligible to declare the majors,
while the courses in yellow– so Chem 3B, BIO 1A, and
their adjoining labs– you either need to be
enrolled in, or for IB’s case, have one of those classes
completed and enrolled in another one. And then IB77 is a unique
class as a requirement to IB. And so MCB doesn’t require that
as a class to graduate an MCB major, although, I think it is
a beneficial for both majors to take. Thanks so much, Clara and Zach. Another question that’s
come up a few times relates to advice that
you’d want to pass along to folks interested
in double majoring, either with MCB and IB
together, or with IB and then a field outside the
area, or with MCB and a field outside the area. I was wondering if you could
speak to that a little bit. OK, so I can talk
about double majors. So, of course, double-majoring
between MCB and IB is very convenient since we
have the same lower-division classes. So one rule that you should
know about for double majors is that you can overlap
two upper-division classes between two majors. So actually, between IB and
MCB, for MCB, for instance, we do accept some IB classes
as major electives for us and vise versa. IB also accepts some MCB
classes as electives for them. So overlapping between our two
majors is actually quite easy. Double majors can also
stay for a ninth semester if needed as well. So as you saw on
the four-year plans that we provided some slides
ago, for both IB and MCB, we don’t have you taking more
than two major requirements each semester. So certainly, if you wanted
to add in another major there, there is a way to fit
that into your schedule. I will say, though,
that it’s probably more convenient to double major
with another science-related major since they may have
similar prerequisites. There is a high possibility
that we may accept their classes as electives or vise versa. For example, one really common
double major with MCB and IB is public health. And we do accept some
public-health classes as electives. If you’re thinking about double
majoring in an unrelated major, such as a humanities
major, of course, you’re not going to have
much, if any, overlap between a humanities
major and biology. So that said, we
certainly have plenty of students who are double
majoring with the humanities. So preplanning and
planning ahead– maybe sitting down with
advisors from both majors you’re interested in– is going to be really
important to make sure that you don’t miss
any requirements and so that you have
a good idea of what to expect for the course load. Generally, for MCB
students, at least, who are double majoring
with a humanities major, I typically recommend
maybe spending one summer to take classes and
maybe a ninth semester is a good idea as well. But it can definitely be done. And I’ll jump in
here to say, too, that if your other
area of interest– and it’s such a strong interest
that you want to double major in it– is not in the sciences, that
can be a great opportunity for a study-abroad
experience that maybe satisfy some of those areas. So if you’re spending
a summer abroad taking classes for that other
major, you’re still satisfying an A
majors requirement, but not trying to
sandwich it into your time here at Berkeley on top
of an IB or MCB major. Thanks for that
information as well. Another question that was
asked if a number of times relates to pre-med and
pre-health in IB and MCB in terms of, is it
necessary to major in IB or MCB medical school or
other health professions? And/or or is IB or MCB
better as a pre-med student? [INAUDIBLE] Nope. [INAUDIBLE] You don’t have to be IB, or
MCB, or any other biology, or any other science major
to attend medical school. Med programs and other
health-related programs have specific
prerequisite classes which might overlap somewhat
with the majors requirements, like students going
to medical school will need to take
chemistry, they will need to take general
biology, and calculus, and physics. And those are our
lower-division requirements. But choosing a major,
I think, is more about your strong area of interest
and your strong area of studying right now. Med school is going to be
a little bit down the road, and if you’re passionate
about multiple areas, use this time to
explore those areas. You’ve got plenty of time
for med school later, and it will be a lot of time. As far as, is any one major
better for med school? No, I don’t think so. It’s more about
choosing the classes that are more interesting
to you and that you feel you can do the best at. You want to be able to reflect
back on your time at Cal and feel proud of
your accomplishments and what you’ve
learned along the way. Thanks so much again. Some other good questions
that have been brought up relate to speaking a little bit
about the upper-division course electives within
both MCB and IB. And students are wondering
if you could elaborate on those a little
bit for each major, in terms of some of
the examples of types of upper-division
course electives. OK, so let’s talk about
upper-division major electives. So for MCB, this actually
depends on which emphasis of MCB that you
decide to declare. So just to really
reiterate, we’ve got five emphases–
biochem, genetics, cell developmental biology,
immunology, and neurobiology. And each of the five emphases
has their own individual list of electives. So I would say some
common electives that our students take, if
they decide not to take any MCB classes as electives,
actually, IB has a few classes
that we accept, such as Hormones and
Behavior, Biological Clocks, Neurobiology– The Biology of Stress. There’s a biostats class that
we accept as a major elective as well, and this is
Public Health 142. Depending on which
emphasis as well, there are some chemistry
classes that we accept as electives,
particularly in the biochem emphasis. There’s some planned
microbial biology classes that we accept as
electives as well, along with psychology
classes, cognitive science. You can find the complete list
of electives on our website. And each of our five
emphases has their own page with their individual lists. Yeah, and for IB, we
also have on our website a list of our
pre-approved electives. Many students will choose to
take additional IB courses beyond our group requirements. And so they’ll use those
that de facto electives that they’re taking 8
or 9 upper-division IB classes because that’s just
really what they want to do, then that works for us. But if they want to supplement
their IB courses with courses from outside, that’s where our
pre-approved list comes in. We do have a lot of classes
from MCB, like biochemistry and analogy, as well as classes
from environmental science policy and management, such
as some of their more wildlife ecology or insect
physiology classes. Some students will
choose a biotech– or a biostats class– excuse
me– or a bioengineering class. And these pre-approved
lists are online. For classes that aren’t
on the pre-approved list, we want the students to come
in and talk to us about why they’re more
interested in taking this class in the first place. And then we have
that discussion, and then from
there, they go talk to of our faculty advisors. Thanks so much for that
information as well. As we’re rolling up on 2:30,
we’ll end the webinar soon, but our chatters will
keep answering questions for you students. So as questions
continue to arise, please feel free
to chat them in, and they’ll be able to continue
for about five or 10 minutes after the recording ends. But before we end, I just wanted
to see if Clara and Zach had any last words of advice before
we call the presentation today. You’re going to do great. You’re going to be just
fine here at UC Berkeley. We’re really looking
forward to meeting you all when you’re here on campus. Please feel free
to come visit us. Even if you’re in the
Bay Area this summer, we’re open for summer advising. And definitely come
in and talk to us during the first semester. So like I said, we’re here
to meet with everybody, including freshmen. So we’re really excited
to meet you all. And we’ll be at Golden
Bear orientation as well, and so you can see us when
you’re on campus for that. And we hope. You can do it. We believe in you. Thank you very much. I really appreciate you being
able to come by that day and share that
information with us. And yeah, students,
so come fall, you’ll be able to see Clara and
Zach over in the Valley Like Science Building–
acronym it’s VLSB– up on the third floor. Is that right, 36 VLSB. Let’s see. And again, before we
end the recording, I just want to do a
plug for a few things. Number 1, and
definitely encourage you to keep working on your
Golden Bear Advising modules. They’ll be a lot of good
general-degree question information answered within
those modules, so definitely keep working on those. Know that the general
expectation for your GBA final assignment to be
submitted is June 30. So keep an eye out on
that and plan accordingly. Also, as Zach and
Clara mentioned, there are other
upcoming L&S webinars in the coming few weeks. So June 17– so next
week on June 17, there’ll be the “Study
Abroad” webinar. A lot of good
information will be shared about study-abroad
opportunities on campus to go to hundreds
of countries abroad. In addition, on July 9, there’ll
be the “Pre-med, Pre-health” webinar, where information about
incorporating majors like IB and MCB can be gleaned so
that you know how to plan your courses accordingly. And as I mentioned, our chatters
here are diligently typing away and they’ll continue to do so
for another five or 10 minutes. So please continue
to ask questions. And thanks so much
for attending. And let’s see. Reach out with questions
to your L&S advisor through the GBA bCourses
email when you have questions. And look out for your L&S
advisors online office hours that they’ll offer you as well. OK, thanks so much
again, and take care.

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