Molecular and Cell Biology & Integrative Biology De-Cals

Spring 2018 Deadline: Monday, October 16, 2017 by 4pm at 3060 VLSB.
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 five semesters. 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 complete or have completed one of trainings 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 optionally participate in the student organization's activities.
Application Process
  1. Download and fill out the required documents below.
  2. Find a faculty sponsor associated with the host department (IB or MCB) and take the materials to him/her for approval.
  3. Drop off the completed forms to 3060 VLSB for the departmental approver, Carina Galicia, to review. She will follow up with you if it has departmental approval, or whether a meeting will be required to discuss your DeCal before approving.
  4. Sign up for student facilitator training or workshops through UCFTR. This is a requirement if you haven't done it.
  5. Maria Park (MCB) or Emerita Dela Cruz (IB) will
  • obtain remaining signatures from the Department Chair,
  • acquire a room for the DeCal, and
  • submit a paper copy of your proposal to 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. Course syllabus
  3. Faculty Sponsor Letter of Support: This is a new COCI requirement, effective Spring 2018. The letter must address the questions proposed in Faculty Sponsor Letter of Support Instructions.
  4. Affiliate Form: In addition to mandatory onboarding, HR requires all facilitators to submit this form.
  5. (Optional) IB 194/MCB 199 Form: You only need to fill this form out if you would like to receive units for facilitating the course.