CEE Response to COVID-19 for Fall 2021

Our commitment to your safety

All of us in CEE are committed to providing a world-class opportunity for you, including teaching and doing research in new and creative ways.

As was outlined in a message from Campus on August 10, 2021, the default instructional mode for fall 2021 will be in-person.

Most classes will be held in person. The main exception is classes with enrollments of 200 or more students, which will continue to be delivered remotely. Most secondary sections (e.g., discussion and labs) for these and other large classes will be held in person but some discussion sections will be offered remotely.

Other exceptions include courses that would normally be delivered in an online format, and what is anticipated to be a very small number of courses that may receive exceptional approval to be delivered remotely throughout the fall semester.

See the Academic Guide for information about the mode of delivery for each course and section.

Stay informed


Course format

Based on current public health conditions, and the guidance of both campus and City of Berkeley leadership, the default mode of instruction for the fall 2021 semester will be in-person. In an update shared on May 21, 2021, Campus has made the decision to begin in-person instruction at the start of the fall semester (for most programs, Aug. 25, 2021) rather than observing a seven-day period of remote instruction as previously announced.

Students, staff, faculty and academic appointees should make every effort to be fully vaccinated before arriving on campus. If you were vaccinated at a non-UC Berkeley vaccination site, please upload your vaccination information through the secure eTang portal as soon as you are able

Innovative teaching methods 

Faculty and instructional staff are devising innovative ways to engage you both in-person and online to improve your learning outcomes over traditional delivery methods.

In many cases, the ability to provide asynchronous materials, like lectures and videos online, means that you’ll have more time during classes to interact with your instructors and participate in problem-solving and discussion sessions.

We will also be seeking opportunities to offer in-person experiences, including student organizations, social events, and community building. These events will be scheduled as health conditions allow, with our primary consideration being the health and safety of the CEE community.


Bringing everyone together

Regular online and in-person meetings will be held to bring students together academically and socially, e.g., study groups, seminars, discussion panels, and social hours. We will also offer peer and faculty mentoring.

Our priority is to ensure that all CEE students are welcomed and included!

Student Advisers in the CEE Academic Affairs Office (AAO) will have multiple daily drop-in Zoom office hours across many time zones.

We are seeking opportunities for outdoor meetings and socials for those of you on the Berkeley campus, subject to campus and public health requirements.

Investing in Resilience during COVID

In this unprecedented year, we are committed to ensuring that every CEE student has the premier experience we all expect at Berkeley.

Today’s significant challenges require significant investments. CEE’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni is leading the way to ensure excellence, access, and resilience for the department in the face of COVID-19. Philanthropic gifts to the Department of CEE Fund are helping faculty create top-quality online courses, supply instructors with needed devices for teaching, equip our classrooms with more and better technology, and create safe teaching spaces.

Learn more about this philanthropic partnership to support CEE.