UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering at UCSB is noted for its excellence in teaching, research, and service to the community. The college has an enrollment of approximately 1,550 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students with a full-time, permanent faculty of 143. This results in an excellent student to faculty ratio and a strong sense of community in the college.

Our laboratory facilities, both departmental and in our research centers, are state-of-the-art, and most are available to undergraduate as well as graduate students. UCSB has an unusually high proportion of undergraduates who are actively involved in faculty-directed research and independent study projects. The college offers the bachelor of science degree in five disciplines: chemical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Graduate degree programs are available in: chemical engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, materials, mechanical engineering,  and technology management. The undergraduate programs in chemical, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The curriculum for the bachelor of science degree is designed to be completed in four years. Completion of the four-year program provides students with the background to begin professional careers or to enter graduate programs in engineering or computer science, or professional schools of business, medicine, or law. Our curricula are specifically planned to retain both of these options and to assure that our graduates are equally well prepared to enter industry and graduate study. The college and the university offer a wide variety of career counseling and job placement services.

The Office of Undergraduate Studies in Harold Frank Hall, Room 1006, provides academic advising for all undergraduates in the college. Faculty and academic advisors for the individual majors are also provided by the respective departments. The College of Engineering General Engineering Academic Requirements (GEAR), which contains detailed information about the various programs and schedules, is published yearly and is available on the web at: engineering.ucsb.edu/undergraduate/academic-advising/gear-publications.