Course Enrollment Policies

May 1, 2017 | 10:01 am

This page explains enrollment policies for Design Innovation (DES INV) courses offered by the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. Contact Amy Dinh, Student Services Advisor, at amydinh@berkeley.edu if you have further questions about DES INV policies. For questions regarding non-DES INV courses, please contact the department administering the course. 

Courses with open enrollment (i.e., not by application)

Applies to DES INV 10, 15, 21, 22, and some DES INV 190 and DES INV 290 courses.

Process and timeline:

  1. Phase I and Phase II: Students enroll via CalCentral. Seats are reserved for different categories of students (see below for typical reservation categories); once all seats for a reservation category are full, students in that category join the waitlist instead.
  2. Last week before the Adjustment Period begins: Students are added from the waitlist to fill remaining open seats, prioritized by reservation category (see the section on reservation categories below for more information).
  3. Adjustment Period: Reservation categories are eliminated. Students are added from the waitlist in chronological order to fill remaining open seats.
  4. After the first class meeting: Students are added from the waitlist and dropped from the class by instructor request only. The instructor may drop a student if the student does not attend every class meeting during the first three weeks of instruction or if the student do not meet class prerequisites, per the policy described by the Office of the Registrar.

Reservation categories:

  • In keeping with our goal of supporting interdisciplinary learning, we reserve seats in DES INV courses for different categories of students, typically based on degree program, class year, and college.
  • The exact number of seats allotted to each reservation category varies based on the course level and topic. Generally speaking, lower division students have priority in sub-100 level courses. Upper division students have priority in 100-level courses. Graduate students have priority in 200-level courses.

Enrollment restrictions:

  • Upper division students cannot immediately enroll in DES INV 10 or DES INV 15. They must join the waitlist and can only enroll if seats remain open in the class after the beginning of the semester and the instructor permits it.
  • Graduate students cannot immediately enroll in sub-100 level courses. They must join the waitlist and can only enroll if seats remain open in the class after the beginning of the semester and the instructor permits it.

Additional policies for DES INV 21 & DES INV 22

During the adjustment period, we will over-enroll the class, with the expectation that the final class size will be smaller, as some students will drop the course. To avoid overcrowding in these small studio classes, only students who are officially enrolled should come to class. Any students who remain on the waitlist by the first class meeting will be dropped and the waitlist closed.

Courses with enrollment by application

Some DES INV courses use an application process to ensure adequate student preparation and an appropriate mix of skillsets and experience for team-based project courses. 

  • The instructor sets the course application criteria (e.g., relevant experience, interest in subject) and timeline. These details will be posted in the course listing on CalCentral, in the Class Notes section.
  • Students selected by the instructor will be notified by email so that they can enroll themselves directly via CalCentral. Waitlisted students will also be informed of their status.
  • Waitlisted students will be added if space opens in the class, in the order that they were ranked by the instructor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are DES INV courses only open to students in certain majors?

In the spirit of supporting interdisciplinary learning, DES INV courses are open to students from all disciplines. We reserve seats for students from all colleges, though seats in some reservation categories tend to fill more quickly than others.

Why can’t I enroll in this class even though CalCentral says that there are seats still available?

Though there are still some open seats in the class, they are reserved. Please see the section above on reservation categories for more details.

Can I audit the class, if I can’t enroll in it?

It depends on the policy set by the instructor for his/her course. Please note that auditors ordinarily do not participate in discussions, exams, or written papers. Audited classes are not recorded on your course schedule or on academic transcripts.