The Global Environment Theme House (GETH): championing a greener way of life
Our academic seminar includes learning from faculty and peers, mixed with career advising, but mostly we foster a forum for a meaningful exchange of ideas in a small group setting. We learn about green living, give back to our environment, grow as leaders, and form friendships that can last a lifetime.
Seminar and events
The seminar is a 1 unit per semester, pass/no pass Freshman Seminar class that meets once a week and is taught by College of Natural Resources faculty. Topics for the seminar relate to environmental action and research on and around the Berkeley campus. You can review a sample course syllabus to get an idea about the coursework and expectations. If you’re admitted to GETH, you will be given more information about how to enroll in the class.
Events include a wide variety of leadership and community-building activities like dinners with faculty, study groups, and field trips.
The living space
Even though it's call the Global Environment Theme House, GETH residents actually live together on the Clark Kerr Campus (CKC) which is situated below the beautiful Berkeley hills on the southeast end of campus. It’s about a 15-minute walk from the center of campus; there’s a free nearby shuttle service to get you around campus.
You can take a virtual tour of sample rooms at CKC (click on the links in the right column). Each room has in-room network connections and basic cable, and the residence hall has laundry facilities, vending machines, and live-in staff. Most students have a roommate and eat meals in the CKC Dining Commons. Residents have access to a great Academic Services Center in Foothill which offers tutoring, peer advising, copy and fax services, and computers and printers.
How to apply
Students interested in social, economic, and scientific issues affecting Earth’s urban, rural, and global environment are encouraged to apply. You must complete the UC Berkeley housing application by the deadline. On the online application Theme Program page, select GETH from the drop-down menu; at a prompt, you'll also be asked to write a short essay. The housing contract you receive will indicate if you have been selected to the Theme Program.
If you have additional questions that are not answered here, you can call 510/642-3213.