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Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

:::::::::::: BIOENGINEERING -- The Department of Bioengineering’s (BIOE) undergraduate program is a multidisciplinary undergraduate major, intended for academically strong students who excel in the physical sciences, mathematics and biology. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in the fundamentals of engineering, as well as in integrative and molecular biology. Students can build upon this foundation by later specializing in advanced areas of both engineering and biology, including laboratory and clinical work. The Bioengineering major offers six well-defined concentrations: Biomaterials, Biomechanics, and Cell & Tissue Engineering; Biomedical Devices; Biomedical Imaging; Computational Bioengineering; Premed; and Synthetic Biology. Bioengineering students are encouraged to gain hands-on research experience through internships in faculty or industry laboratories. The Department offers a minor open to any Berkeley undergraduate with the proper preparation. The Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering is jointly offered by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco ( as an interdisciplinary effort that combines the resources in biomedical sciences at UCSF with the excellence in engineering, physical, and life sciences at UC Berkeley. With access to faculty with diverse specialties and facilities on both campuses, our program offers unmatched graduate training opportunities in bioengineering. The department also offers a unique one-year Master in Translational Medicine program, designed to train students in applying translational research and engineering approaches to solve fundamental problems in healthcare delivery, also jointly operated with clinical faculty at UCSF. A new one-year professional master's degree at Berkeley Engineering, the Master of Engineering, is being launched in 2013.

:::::::::::: CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING -- The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a minor in structural engineering, designed particularly for students in the Department of Architecture, but also available to any student who has met the prerequisites and is enrolled in a non-civil engineering program. The Department also offers a minor in environmental engineering and a minor in geoengineering. These minors are available to any student who has met the prerequisites, has a 3.0, and is enrolled in a non-civil engineering program. Additionally, the College offers students the opportunity to participate in the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (CET), which is designed to foster high-tech venture creation and to expand entrepreneurial education.

Concurrent graduate degree programs are offered between Civil and Environmental Engineering and City and Regional Planning (M.S./M.C.P.), Civil Engineering and Architecture (M.S./M.Arch.), and Civil Engineering and Public Policy (M.S./M.P.P.).

:::::::::::: CHEMICAL ENGINEERING -- The Department of Chemical Engineering is administered by the College of Chemistry.
The College research facilities consist of:
• The X-Ray Facility (
• The Graphics Facility (
• QB3/Mass Spectrometry Facility (
• The Microanalytical Facility (
• The NMR Facility (
• Shops (
• Chemistry Library (

:::::::::::: ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING & COMPUTER SCIENCES -- In addition to undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees offered through the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, the College of Letters and Science offers an undergraduate degree (BA) in Computer Science.

The Five-Year Bachelor’s Master’s Program in EECS (B.A./M.S or B.S./MS).
The combined Bachelor’s/Master’s program is designed to take outstanding EECS and CS (L&S) undergraduates immediately into an intensive two-semester program conferring the Master of Science degree. This combines program promotes interdisciplinary focus and is best suited to those who are more “professionally oriented” as opposed to those wishing to pursue a more traditional research-based and discipline-specialized advanced course of study.

Beginning in Fall 2006, the EECS Department implemented a five year combined Bachelors/Masters program. This program is geared towards students who are attracted to a more 'professionally-oriented' program than the traditionally research-based and discipline-specialized M.S. and Ph.D. courses of study. This program is only available to Berkeley EECS and CS L&S Undergraduates.

Joint Major Programs

The department offers two joint majors with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Nuclear Engineering.

• EECS/Materials Science and Engineering
For students interested in materials and devices, a double major in EECS/MSE can be valuable. The program combines the study of materials from a broad perspective, as taught in MSE, with the study of their applications in electronic devices and circuits, as taught in EECS.
• EECS/Nuclear Engineering
The EECS/NE double major combines the traditional EE program with one in the nuclear sciences. Nuclear Engineering shares with EE a concern for electrical power generation, automatic control, computer sciences and plasmas.

There are three types of M.S. degrees EECS students can be awarded. Each requires either a thesis (Plan I) or a report on a project (Plan II). The M.S. and Ph.D. are academic degrees with an emphasis on research. It is possible to complete the M.S. degree in a single academic year, but most students take three to four semesters. The following degrees are offered:
• M.S. in Engineering
For EE students with a B.S. degree in one of the accredited engineering curricula or who have satisfied the equivalent of a B.S. degree as determined by the department.
• M.S. in Engineering Science
For EE students with a bachelor's degree in a non-engineering field (i.e. chemistry, physics, math, geology or the life sciences).
• M.S. in Computer Science
For CS students with a B.S. in computer science or as determined by the department.
The CS "M.S. Only" Program
The Computer Science Division's "M.S. Only" program is designed for students who intend to enter industry with an M.S. rather than stay for a Ph.D. Applicants to the M.S. Only program are considered separately from those applying for a Ph.D and students in this program are not guaranteed admission for the Ph.D. Those who would like to continue for a Ph.D. must petition the admissions committee.

Master of Engineering Program

The Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) program was implemented in the 2011-12 academic year. M.Eng. is a professional masters with a larger tuition, and is designed for students who plan to join the engineering profession immediately following graduation. The accelerated program is designed to develop professional engineering leaders of the future who understand the technical, economic, and social issues of technology. This one-academic year interdisciplinary experience includes three major components: an area of technical concentration, courses in leadership skills, and a rigorous capstone project experience.

Undergraduate Minors
• The EECS Minor
The EECS minor, offered through the College of Engineering (COE), is an optional program for students interested in coherent EECS study outside of their major. It is open to any undergraduate who has declared a major other than EECS on the UC Berkeley campus, completed two of the four lower division course requirements, and has a GPA (in required lower division courses) no less than 0.2 points below the Letters & Science Computer Science Major "cutoff" GPA for the semester in which they are applying.

• The CS Minor
The minor program is offered through the College of Engineering (COE) and is open to all upper division Berkeley undergraduates with a declared major other than EECS. To be admitted to the CS minor, you must have a declared major in some field and have acquired a grade point average for required technical electives .2 below the cut-off GPA for admission to the major, which differs every semester.

:::::::::::: INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AND OPERATIONS RESEARCH -- The Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research minor program is offered through the College of Engineering (COE) and is open to all upper division Berkeley undergraduates with a declared major other than IEOR.

The ORMS program has four possible concentrations: decision making in economic systems, decision making in industrial and service systems, decision making in societal systems, and algorithmic decision making. BA students will develop scientific and quantitative, model building, and problem solving skills through core courses in mathematics, statistics, operations research, and management sciences. They will also learn to apply these skills and tools effectively for operational, tactical, and strategic decisions in scientific solving problems in an area of their choice. Graduate students will emphasize on applied courses, preparing them for professional practice or may follow a more theoretical program for those intending to pursue doctoral studies. In the doctoral program, students investigate additional major topics in depth, as well as study two minor fields.

Also, Industrial Engineering and Operation Research teams up with Civil and Environmental Engineering to jointly offer an interdisciplinary program for graduate students, the Logistics Certificate Program. The program is intended for students interested in logistics design.

The five year program is designed for a small number of students with
outstanding performance to allow the students to obtain both degrees in five years. Each student must complete three courses within their area of concentration, as well as complete an individual or small group project as well part of the program via at least 2 units of either Master's
level-independent study units or a Master's level project based course to gain experience in applying IEOR methodology to real-world problems.

Materials Science and Engineering encompasses all natural and man-made materials " their extraction, synthesis, processing, properties, characterization, and development for technological applications. Advanced engineering activities that depend upon optimized
materials include the medical device and healthcare industries, the energy industries, electronics and photonics, transportation, advanced batteries and fuel cells, and nanotechnology. Students in materials science and engineering develop a fundamental understanding of materials at the nano, micro and macro scales, leading to specialization
in such topics as: biomaterials; chemical and electrochemical materials science and engineering; computational materials science and engineering; electronic, magnetic and optical materials; and structural materials. As in the past, today’s materials advancements enables new technological breakthroughs across all engineering disciplines.

:::::::::::: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING -- The undergraduate degree in Manufacturing Engineering is jointly offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. Joint undergraduate major programs are available with either the Department of Materials Science and Engineering or the Department of Nuclear Engineering.

Graduate doctoral degree program jointly offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Public Policy.

The Department of Nuclear Engineering offers joint programs with Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

:::::::::::: Engineering, Other - The Committee on Engineering Science administers the Engineering Science undergraduate degree programs (Energy Engineering, Engineering Math and Statistics, Environmental Engineering Science, and Engineering Physics).
The Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership serves engineers and scientists seeking professional or executive careers, with an emphasis on industry applications for emerging technologies. Eligible individuals may choose among a range of undergraduate, graduate and executive programs that combine leadership coursework with intensive study in an engineering specialization:

The Fung Institute’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (CET) offers undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship as well as professional networks and research marked by strong industry participation. The Fung Institute also administers the College of Engineering’s Master of Engineering degree program, which combines technical depth in a chosen engineering concentration with leadership education and an industry-oriented capstone project. The Engineering Leadership Program for Professionals (ELPP) offers a certificate program for working engineers seeking to develop professional and leadership skills to contribute to their companies at a higher level.

Bioengineering - Materials Science and Engineering;
Chemical Engineering - Materials Science and Engineering;
Chemical Engineering - Nuclear Engineering;
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences - Materials Science and Engineering;
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences - Nuclear Engineering;
Materials Science and Engineering - Mechanical Engineering;
Materials Science and Engineering - Nuclear Engineering;
Mechanical Engineering - Nuclear Engineering