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University of California, Berkeley - 2016

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Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

:::::::::::: BIOENGINEERING -- 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 and science, with the freedom to explore a variety of topics and specialize in advanced areas of research. The bioengineering major offers six defined concentrations: Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Cell & Tissue Engineering; Biomedical Devices; Computational Bioengineering; Biomedical Imaging; Pre-med; 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, and a joint major with the Department of Materials Science & Engineering.

The Ph.D. degree in bioengineering is offered jointly 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 two unique one-year professional master's degrees. The Master of Engineering program places a strong emphasis on engineering and entrepreneurship, and is designed for students planning to move directly into industry. The Master in Translational Medicine program, designed to train students in applying translational research and engineering approaches to solve fundamental problems in healthcare delivery, is also jointly operated with clinical faculty at UCSF.

:::::::::::: CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING -- In addition to undergraduate and Graduate engineering degrees offered through the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, department 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.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a Master of Earthquake Engineering (online), Master of Science (M.S.) and Ph.D. degree along with a Professional Masters of Engineering degree in Systems or Transportation Engineering in collaboration with the Fung Institute.
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 (

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 (B.A.) in Computer Science.

The Fifth Year 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 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 a discipline-specialized advanced course of study. This program is only available to Berkeley EECS and CS L&S Undergraduates.

In addition, non-Berkeley undergraduates can apply to complete the M.S. either as part of their Ph.D. program or as a stand-alone M.S. At this time, we admit very few students to the M.S. only program, so applicants for the masters may want to consider one of our other master’s degree programs. The M.S. and Ph.D. are academic degrees with an emphasis on research. Master’s degrees are offered in both EECS and Computer Science. We do have a fifth year M.S. program for our own EECS and L&S CS graduates, offering a master’s degree in a single extra year. Students apply when they are seniors.
EECS also participates in the Master’s of Engineering (M.Eng.) program, offered by the Fung Institute. This is a one year program that offers a combination of technical and leadership training, culminating in a capstone project supervised by EECS faculty members.
Our MAS-IC program is a part-time, fully online degree program that provides a master’s degree in Integrated Circuits.

Undergraduate Minors
• The EECS Minor
The EECS minor, offered through the College of Engineering (COE), is an optional program for students interested in a coherent study of EECS outside their major. It is open to any undergraduate who has declared a major other than EECS on the UC Berkeley campus and who has completed two of the four lower division course requirements, and has a GPA (in required lower division courses) of 3.0 at the time of their application.
• The CS Minor
The CS 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 and L&S CS. To be admitted to the CS minor, students must have declared a major and have completed the lower division prerequisites for the minor. In order to complete the minor, students must have a grade point average of at least 2.0 in the required coursework.
Joint Major Programs

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

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.

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.

IEOR is home to the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) offers undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship as well as professional networks and research marked by strong industry participation. 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.

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 enable new technological breakthroughs across all engineering disciplines.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree, a five year Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree, a Master of Science degree, a Master of Engineering degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

:::::::::::: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING -- The undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering at U.C. Berkeley seeks to provide students with a broad education emphasizing an excellent foundation in scientific and engineering fundamentals. The program prepares undergraduate students for employment or advanced studies with four primary constituencies: industry, the national laboratories, state and federal agencies, and academia (graduate research programs).

Program Objectives
The objectives of the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program are to produce graduates who:

--Vigorously engage in post-baccalaureate endeavors, whether in engineering graduate study, in engineering practice, or in the pursuit of other fields, such as science, law, medicine, business or public policy.
--Apply their mechanical engineering education to address the full range of technical and societal problems with creativity, imagination, confidence and responsibility.
--Actively seek out positions of leadership within their profession and their community.
--Serve as ambassadors for engineering by exhibiting the highest ethical and professional standards, and by communicating the importance and excitement of this dynamic field.
--Retain the intellectual curiosity that motivates lifelong learning and allows for a flexible response to the rapidly evolving challenges of the 21st century.

:::::::::::: NUCLEAR ENGINEERING. The undergraduate program in Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley, is designed to prepare students for a career in industry, the national laboratories, or in state or federal regulatory agencies. The program, leading to a BS degree in Nuclear Engineering, emphasizes study in the following areas of nuclear engineering: nuclear reactions and radiation, introduction to medical imaging, nuclear reactor theory and design, fusion power engineering, radioactive waste management, radiological and biophysics, and nuclear materials. In addition, the department 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 the next generation of leaders. The Fung Institute offers a professional Masters program for engineers seeking professional careers with an emphasis on industry applications for emerging technologies. Eligible individuals may choose among a range of graduate coursework that combine leadership coursework with intensive study in an engineering specialization.

The Fung Institute also offers a two year fellowship for undergraduate students across disciplines who are interested in enhancing health and wellness through technology innovations. Lastly, the Fung Institute offers executive education classes for career professionals to help leaders advance into executive careers.

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