Departmental Deadline
Fall 2024: Monday, April 22, 2024, by 11:59 pm
Spring 2025: Monday, October 14, 2024, by 11:59 pm
 
Each semester, the MCB and IB departments sponsor several DeCal courses facilitated by UC Berkeley students. If you have an idea for a course that is relevant to the majors (in terms of subject matter taught), please follow the steps below to get started.
 
MCB/IB DeCal Rules
  • In order to facilitate an MCB or an IB-sponsored DeCal, you must be in good academic standing and have attended Berkeley for at least four semesters (or one semester if a junior transfer). Good academic standing: overall GPA of 2.0 for non-majors and overall major GPA of 2.0 for MCB/IB majors.
  • At least one of the facilitators must be a declared MCB or IB major. A maximum of two facilitators can be listed as Student Course Facilitators on the forms and receive units for facilitating.
  • All facilitators must have completed one of the training and workshops offered by the Undergraduate Course Facilitator Training & Resources (UCFTR).
  • The content of the course must be within the scope of the academic program.
  • The course must be open to all students for enrollment.
  • The course cannot require advocacy, fundraising, or publicity for student organizations.
  • The course cannot discriminate against those students who choose not to participate in the student organization's activities.
Application Process
  1. Download and fill out the required documents below.
  2. Find a faculty sponsor affiliated with the host department (IB or MCB) and take the materials to him/her for approval.
  3. Sign up for student facilitator training or workshops through UCFTR. This is a requirement if you haven't done it.
  4. Scan and send the completed forms to bds_scheduler@berkeley.edu. Administrative staff will follow up with you if there are any issues with the submitted proposal.
  5. The department will
  • obtain the Department Chair's signature,
  • acquire a room for the DeCal, and
  • submit a paper copy of your proposal to the Committee on Courses of Instruction (COCI).
Required Documents
  1. Course Proposal Form for Student-Facilitated Courses: Review the documents to be sure that you are aware of the university regulations and policies and prepare your course materials.
  2. Faculty Sponsor Letter of Support: The letter must address the questions proposed in Faculty Sponsor Letter of Support Instructions.
  3. Affiliate Form: You will receive a DocuSign after the DeCal application is submitted. In addition to mandatory onboarding, Human Resources requires all facilitators to complete this form.