Molecular and Cell Biology & Integrative Biology De-Cals

Planning for Spring 2017

The deadline to submit the completed paperwork for spring 2017 MCB or IB-sponsored DeCal courses is Friday, October 14, 2016 by 3pm to 3060 VLSB.

Each semester, the MCB and IB departments sponsor several DeCal courses that are 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. DeCal offers start up workshops to help you.

MCB/IB DeCal Rules

  • You must be a 5+ terms in attendance in order to facilitate an MCB or IB-sponsored DeCal, and must be in good academic standing. For non-majors, that means an overall GPA of 2.0. For majors, you must have at least a 2.0 major GPA.
  • There will be no more than two facilitators allowed for any single DeCal course. One of these facilitators must be a major within the host department (MCB or IB).
  • 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 optionally participate in the student organization's activities.

Application Process

  1. Download the DeCal Course Proposal Form, review the documents to be sure that you are aware of the university regulations and policies, and prepare your course materials.
  2. Download and complete the MCB/IB Supplemental Application.
  3. Find a faculty sponsor within the appropriate department and take the materials to him/her for approval.
  4. Send an email with scanned forms to Carina Galicia to make an appointment with her. You must bring the origianl forms to the meeting, which will be held for approximately 15 minutes in 3060 VLSB. Carina will discuss expectations of DeCal course facilititors and review the paperwork to be sure it's complete.
  5. Meet with Maria Park (MCB) or Emerita Dela Cruz (IB), who will
  • obtain remaining signatures from the Department Chair,
  • request a room,
  • send paper copy to COCI before the deadline, and
  • send an electronic copy to the DeCal Board Program with facilitatos CC-ed.