BSOE Majors & Minors

Applied Mathematics (B.S., minor)

Applied mathematics is a field of research specializing in the development and application of analytical and numerical tools and techniques toward the solution of complex quantitative problems in science and engineering. A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Applied Mathematics prepares graduates for careers in the industry (usually in research and development) or academia (either in teaching and/or in research at university or governmental laboratories or agencies). It can be a terminal degree, or prepare students for graduate school in applied mathematics or related fields. Visit the Applied Math Department. 

Bioinformatics (minor in Bioinformatics) 

Bioinformatics combines mathematics, science, and engineering to explore and understand biological data from high-throughput experiments, such as genome sequencing and gene expression chips. The program builds upon the research and academic strengths of the faculty in the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering. One notable output from our research is that UCSC is the primary release site for the public version of the Human Genome Browser. Visit the Biomolecular Engineering Department. 

Biomolecular Engineering & Bioinformatics (B.S.) 

The biomolecular engineering and bioinformatics major includes the biomolecular engineering (BME) and bioinformatics (BINF) concentrations.

The BME concentration is designed for students interested in protein engineering, stem cell engineering, and synthetic biology. The emphasis is on designing biomolecules (DNA, RNA, proteins) and cells for particular functions, and the underlying sciences are biochemistry and cell biology.

The BINF concentration combines mathematics, science, and engineering to explore and understand biological data from high-throughput experiments, such as genome sequencing, gene-expression chips, and proteomics experiments. The program builds upon the research and academic strengths of the faculty in the Biomolecular Engineering Department. Visit the Biomolecular Engineering Department.

Biotechnology (B.A.) 

The Bachelor of Arts in Biotechnology is intended for students who plan to be involved in the biotechnology industry as writers, artists, ethicists, executives, sales force, regulators, lawyers, politicians, and other roles that require an understanding of the technology, but not the intensive training needed for technicians, research scientists, engineers, and bioinformaticians. Students will have familiarity with several different biotechnologies and be able to apply ethical reasoning to make decisions about biotechnology in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. Visit the Biomolecular Engineering Department.

Computer Engineering (B.S., B.S./M.S., minor) 

Engineering is a profession that emphasizes analysis and design, applying the knowledge of mathematics, science, and technology to the benefit of humanity. 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 broad education in the humanities and social sciences to learn how and where to apply the skills developed. Visit the Computer Science & Engineering Department.

Computer Game Design (B.S.) 

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science: Computer Game Design is an undergraduate degree program focused on the construction and design of interactive computer games. Reflecting both the growing cultural and economic importance of the computer gaming industry within California and the increasing complexity and specialization of computer gaming systems, the new program focuses on the technical, narrative, and artistic underpinnings of these games. Visit the Computational Media Department

Computer Science (B.A., B.S., minor) 

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. Visit the Computer Science & Engineering Department.

Electrical Engineering (B.S., minor) 

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. Visit the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department

Network and Digital Technology (B.A.) 

The B.A. in Network and Digital Technology provides students with in-depth knowledge of the underlying structure and function of computer technology and the design processes which make those technologies function. Visit the Computer Science & Engineering Department.

Robotics Engineering(B.S.) 

The UCSC Robotics Engineering program prepares graduates for  rewarding careers at the interfaces between electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering. UCSC Robotics Engineering graduates will have a thorough grounding in the principles and practices of robotics and control, and the scientific and mathematical principles upon which they are built; they will be prepared for further education (both formal and informal) and for productive employment in industry. Visit the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department

Statistics (minor in Statistics)

The statistics minor is available for students who wish to gain a quantitative understanding of how to (a) measure uncertainty and (b) make good decisions on the basis of incomplete or imperfect information, and to apply these skills to their interests in another field. This minor could also be combined with a major in mathematics as preparation for a graduate degree in statistics or biostatistics. Visit the Statistics Department.

Technology and Information Management (B.S., minor) 

Information Systems Management (ISM) is the application of information technology to support the major functions and activities of a private sector business or a public sector institution. In the past, organizations recognized the importance of managing resources such as labor, capital, and raw materials. Today, it is widely accepted that managing information resources is very often equally important. ISM supports the process of collection, manipulation, storage, distribution, and utilization of an organization's information resources. Visit the Computer Science & Engineering Department.