Engineering Science

750 Davis Hall #1710
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engineeringscience.berkeley.edu

Department Overview 

The Engineering Science Program is multi-departmental and interdisciplinary. This undergraduate program encompasses a variety of closely-related areas of the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering. It is intended to provide a means whereby students, while acquiring knowledge of engineering methods, can pursue their interests in areas of natural science. The options offered within the curriculum prepare students for advanced study in engineering, science, or mathematics. The fully structured majors in the curriculum include: Engineering Mathematics and Statistics, Environmental Engineering Science, Engineering Physics, and Energy Engineering.  In addition, students may apply for the Energy Engineering minor. The Engineering Science Program is administered by the Engineering Science Committee, which is comprised of faculty from the seven departments the College of Engineering, as well as faculty from the Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemical Engineering, and Chemistry Departments.

Energy Engineering

Energy Engineering interweaves the fundamentals of classical and modern physics, chemistry, and mathematics with energy engineering applications.  A great strength of the major is its flexibility.  The firm base in physics and mathematics is augmented with a selection of engineering course options that prepare the student to tackle the complex energy-related problems faced by society.  Because the program emphasizes science and mathematics, students are well-prepared to pursue graduate studies in physics or engineering.  Energy Engineering is a multidisciplinary field requiring an integration of physical principles with engineering analysis, augmented with realities of policy and engineering economics.  The program incorporates courses from many departments on campus to create a discipline that is rigorously based in science and engineering, while addressing a wide variety of environmental issues. 

Energy Engineering Minor

The Energy Engineering minor is intended for students who have an interest in all aspects of energy systems, such as generation, transmission and consumption.  The Energy Engineering minor, offered through the College of Engineering, is an optional program that encourages coherence in the work students undertake around energy engineering.

Engineering Mathematics and Statistics

This interdisciplinary program offers students an opportunity to study pure and applied mathematics as essential components of modern engineering. By combining courses from pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, the physical sciences, and engineering, a student may individualize a program of study in theory or applications, or both. The program provides a broad foundation for graduate studies in theoretical branches of engineering, as well as in mathematics. Alternatively, an appropriate choice of courses can prepare students for a career in specific sectors of industry or business. Also, students may choose to minor in a branch of engineering.

Engineering Physics

This program interweaves classical and modern physics, chemistry, and mathematics with their engineering applications. A great strength of the program is its flexibility. The firm base in physics and mathematics is augmented with a selection of engineering course options that prepare the student to tackle the complex problems faced by society. Because the program emphasizes science and mathematics, students are well prepared to pursue graduate studies in physics or engineering.

Environmental Engineering Science

This is a multidisciplinary field requiring an integration of physical, chemical, and biological principles with engineering analysis for environmental protection and restoration. The program incorporates courses from many departments on campus to create a discipline that is rigorously based in science and engineering, while addressing a wide variety of environmental issues. Although an environmental engineering option exists within the civil engineering major, the engineering science curriculum provides a more broadly based foundation in the sciences than is possible in civil engineering. This major prepares the student for a career or graduate study in many environmental areas.