The Departments of Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Biomolecular Engineering, Computational Media, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Technology & Information Management offer an excellent environment for significant research and education. Our faculty engage in highly visible research while sharing a commitment to excellence in graduate education. In addition to expanding into a new Engineering II building, The Jack Baskin School of Engineering is creating unprecedented collaborations with organizations such as NASA/Ames and the National Science Foundation. In addition, the School has developed a multitude of research centers and institutes including Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering, Center for Games and Playable Media, the Institute for Networking, Information Systems & Technologies, Engineering Research Center for Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems, California Institute of Quantitative Biology (QB3) and the California Institute for Information Technology Research in the Service of Society (CITRIS)
Biomolecular Engineering & Bioinformatics (M.S., Ph.D.)
Bioinformatics is similar to the classical engineering disciplines in several ways: it is the application of mathematics (e.g., probability and statistics), science (e.g., biochemistry), and a core set of problem solving methods (e.g., computer use and programming) to design and implement solutions to critical problems. Over the last several years, the prominence of both the bioinformatics field and our bioinformatics research has dramatically grown. We regularly work with biology and chemistry undergraduates to plan minors and double-majors as training for this exciting field. The bioinformatics research group generally employs 5-10 CMPE and CMPS undergraduates, many of whom continue on in this field. Students entering our graduate program frequently have gaps in their education in areas with which they have no experience. The depth of the required mathematics, computer, and science demands that this foundation knowledge be spread over several years. Without an undergraduate major in bioinformatics, this can be quite difficult.
Computational Media is all around us — video games, social media, interactive narrative, smartphone apps, computer-generated films, personalized health coaching, training and more. To create these kinds of media, to deeply understand them, to push them forward in novel directions, requires a new kind of interdisciplinary thinking. The new graduate degrees in Computational Media at UC Santa Cruz provide knowledge and practical training for students interested in this varied and emerging field.
Computer Engineering focuses on the design, analysis, and application of computers and on their applications as components of systems. The UCSC Department of Computer Engineering sustains and strengthens its teaching and research program to provide students with inspiration and quality education in the theory and practice of computer engineering.
Computer science is the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of computer technology and computer usage. The department offers courses on a wide range of topics, many of which include a mathematical component. UC Santa Cruz offers both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees, as well as the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees, in computer science. Besides offering instructional courses, the Computer Science Department engages in a substantial research program in which both advanced undergraduates and graduate students participate.
Engineering is a profession that emphasizes analysis and design, and electrical engineers apply their knowledge to an expanding array of technical, scientific, and mathematical questions. A good engineering education has three parts: a sound foundation in mathematics and science, substantial design experience to develop skills and engineering aesthetics, and a focus in the humanities and social sciences to learn how and where to apply the skills developed. Electrical engineering is a very broad discipline, and many academic programs in electrical engineering encompass a wide range of topics. The electrical engineering program at UCSC is meant to complement existing campus programs, emphasizing three general areas: analog electronics, communications (including signal and image processing), and control and dynamical systems.
Among the top-ranked programs in the world, the UCSC MS in Games & Playable media is a 12-month, intensive program in which students are offered unparalleled access to a game industry experience. From in-depth studio tours to our amazing advisory board to our challenging courses, this is the education you were hoping for.
The Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics now offers an M.S. program in scientific computing and applied mathematics (SciCAM). SciCAM students will learn a combination of cutting-edge computational methods for modern high-performance computing architectures and applied mathematical modeling. The M.S. is ideally suited to meet the increasing need for graduates in the rapidly growing markets of computational mathematics and modeling, high-performance computing and data science. Such computationally knowledgeable and experienced modelers are highly sought after in industry and government agencies.
The Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at UCSC offers both a master's program and a doctoral program in Statistics and Applied Mathematics (SAM). The goal of these programs is to help students develop into independent scholars who are prepared for productive careers in research, teaching, and industry. SAM students use mathematical methods and reasoning to solve real-world problems of a scientific or decision-making nature in a wide variety of subjects, in engineering, medicine, the physical and biological sciences, and the social sciences.
Technology and information management (TIM) is a new and distinct discipline within engineering, combining technology management, systems engineering, and information technology. TIM’s research and academic programs, combining information technology with both knowledge management and systems management, address problems facing firms today as they deal with more complex decisions in a global environment, facing new business models (e.g., “services”) and business practices. TIM places special emphasis on research arising from challenges faced in creation and management of knowledge-based services and enterprises. Please note - The Technology & Information Management MS program WILL NOT be accepting applications indefinitely.