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University of California, Los Angeles - 2016

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College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

The College of Engineering opened in 1945 and became the School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1969. The school was dedicated as the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science in 2000. The school has grown steadily in stature and reputation through the years. It now ranks in the top 10 engineering schools at public universities nationwide.

In the early 1990's, the school underwent a $100-million expansion and renovation program, adding state-of-the-art high technology classrooms and laboratories and upgrading facilities to meet the challenges of the future.

The seven departments of the school, the Departments of Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, offer instruction and research in the traditional specialties of the engineering profession. Each department has its own faculty, set of courses, fields of specialization, and curriculum requirements. Some offer more than one undergraduate curriculum.

The school offers 39 academic and professional degree programs. The Bachelor of Science degree is offered in Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering,Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The undergraduate curricula leading to these degrees provide students with a firm foundation in engineering and applied science and prepare graduates for immediate practice of the profession as well as advanced studies. In addition to engineering courses, students complete approximately one year of study in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts and/or life sciences as well as a technical breadth area.

Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees are offered in Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering (M.S. only), Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The Engineer degree is a more advanced degree than the M.S. but does not require the research effort and orientation involved in a Ph.D. dissertation. A one-year program leading to a Certificate of Specialization is offered in various fields of engineering and applied science. The School offers a Master of Science in Engineering online program whose primary purpose is to enable employed engineers and computer scientists to augment their technical education beyond the baccalaureate level.