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2024-2025 Freshman Undergraduate Program in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences*

CourseFallSpring
Freshman Year
COMPSCI 61A – The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

4

COMPSCI 61B – Data Structures, or 61BL – Data Structures and Programming Methodology

4

EECS 16A – Designing Information Devices and Systems I

4

MATH 1A – Calculus

4

MATH 1B – Calculus

4

Natural Science Elective(1)

3-5

Reading & Composition Part A Course(2)

4

Reading & Composition Part B Course(2)

4

Total

15-17

16

Sophom*ore Year
COMPSCI 61C – Great Ideas of Computer Architecture, or 61CL – Machine Structures (Lab-Centric)

4

EECS 16B – Designing Information Devices and Systems II

4

MATH 53 – Multivariable Calculus

4

COMPSCI 70 – Discrete Mathematics and Probability Theory

4

PHYSICS 7A – Physics for Scientists and Engineers, or PHYSICS 5A – Introductory Mechanics and Relativity(3)

3-4

PHYSICS 7B – Physics for Scientists and Engineers, or PHYSICS 5B – Introductory Electromagnetism, Waves, and Optics+5BL – Introduction to Experimental Physics I(3)

4-5

Humanities/Social Sciences Courses(2)

3-4

3-4

Total

14-16

15-17

Junior Year
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Upper Division Technical Electives(4, 5)

8

8

Technical Elective(6)

4

Humanities/Social Sciences Courses(2)

3-4

3-4

Ethics/Social Implications of Technology(7)

1-4

Total

15-16

12-16

Senior Year
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Upper Division Technical Elective(4, 5)

4

Free Electives(8)

9

14

Total

13

14

Notes

* A minimum of 120 units is required for graduation.

For detailed curriculum for each of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences options, refer toInformation for Current Undergraduate Students.

1Students must complete one Natural Science Elective:

  • This may be fulfilled by completing one of the following: ASTRON 7A, 7B, 7AB (ASTRON 7AB will only count if PHYSICS 7A and 7B were completed first); BIOLOGY 1A and 1AL (must take both), 1B; CHEM 1A and 1AL (must take both), 1B, 3A and 3AL (must take both), 3B and 3BL (must take both), 4A, 4B; MCB 32 and 32L (must take both); PHYSICS 7C, 5C and 5CL (must take both); or an upper division course of 3 units or more in astronomy, chemistry (except 100, 149, 192), earth and planetary science (except C100), integrative biology (except 101, C105, 191), molecular cell biology, physics (except 100), or plant & microbial biology.
  • This requirement is listed in the freshman year curriculum, but many of the options would not be appropriate for a first year student. Complete this requirement in the semester when it is most appropriate to do so (i.e., take PHYSICS 7C after completing PHYSICS 7B). Your ESS or Faculty Adviser can help guide your selection for this requirement.

2The Humanities/Social Sciences (H/SS) requirement includes two approved Reading & Composition (R&C) courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. R&C courses must be taken for a letter grade (C- or better required). The first half (R&C Part A) must be completed by the end of the freshman year; the second half (R&C Part B) must be completed by no later than the end of the sophom*ore year. The remaining courses may be taken at any time during the program. Seeengineering.berkeley.edu/hssfor complete details and a list of approved courses.

3Students may choose to take the Physics 7 series or the Physics 5 series. Students who fulfillPHYSICS 7A with an AP exam score, transfer work, or at Berkeley may complete the physics requirement by taking either PHYSICS 7B, or PHYSICS 5B and 5BL. Students who take PHYSICS 5A must take PHYSICS 5B and 5BL to complete the physics requirement. Completion of PHYSICS 5A and PHYSICS 7B will not fulfill the physics requirement.

4Students must complete a minimum of 20 units of upper division EECS courses:

  • One course must provide a major design experience, and be selected from the following list: ELENG C128, 130, 140, 143, 192; COMPSCI 160, 161 (if taken Spring 2019 or later), 162, 164, 169 (or 169A, 169L, W169A), 180, 182 (or L182, W182), 184, 186 (or W186), 194-26 (Intro to Computer Vision and Computational Photography), 285; EECS C106A, C106B, 149, 151 and 151LA (must take both), 151 and 151LB (must take both).
  • In addition to upper division EECS courses, the following courses can count toward the 20 units of upper division EECS: INFO 153A, 159, 213; COMPSCI 270, C280, 285, 288, 294-84 (Interactive Device Design), 294-129 (Designing, Visualizing and Understanding Deep Neural Networks); ELENG 229A. Note that no more than two graduate level courses (courses numbered 200-294) can be used to fulfill requirements for your B.S. degree.
  • The 20 units of upper division EECS courses cannot include any course taken on a P/NP basis, COMPSCI H196A or H196B, or ELENG H196A or H196B.

5Students must complete a minimum of 40 units of engineering courses:

  • Included in these units are COMPSCI 61A, 61B, 61C, EECS 16A, 16B, and the required 20 units of upper division EECS.
  • The 40 units of engineering courses cannot include: any course taken on a P/NP basis; courses numbered 24, 32, 39, 84, H194, 196, H196, H196A, H196B; BIOENG 100; COMPSCI 70, C79; DESINV courses (except DESINV 15, 22, 23, 90E, 190E); ENGIN 125, 157AC, 180, 183 series, 185, 187, 195 series; INDENG 95, 185, 186, 190 series, 191, 192, 195; MECENG 190K, 191K.

6Students must complete 4 units of Technical Elective(s):

  • The Technical Elective(s) must be chosen from any lower or upper division course in the following departments: astronomy, chemistry, data science, earth and planetary science, integrative biology, mathematics, molecular cell biology, physics, plant & microbial biology, statistics or any engineering department (including EECS).
  • The 4 units of technical elective(s) must be in addition to the natural science elective, the required lower division EECS courses, and the 20 units of required EECS upper division technical electives.
  • If the 4 units of technical elective(s) are from an engineering department, the units can count toward the required 40 units of engineering coursework (see footnote 5).
  • The 4 units of Technical Elective(s) cannot include: any course taken on a P/NP basis; any course that only counts as H/SS; any research course; courses numbered 24, 32 (except MCELLBI 32 and MCELLBI 32L), 39, 84, H194, 196, H196, H196A, H196B; BIOENG 100; CHEM 100, 149, 192; COMPSCI 10 (if taken after COMPSCI 61x), C79; DATA C104; DESINV courses (except DESINV 15, 22, 23, 90E, 190E); ENGIN 125, 157AC, 180, 183 series, 184, 185, 187, 195 series; EPS C100; INDENG 95, 185, 186, 190 series, 191, 192, 195; INTEGBI 35AC, 88, 101, C105, 191; MATH 55, C103, 151, 152, 153, 160; MECENG 190K, 191K; PHYSICS 100.

7 Students must complete one course about engineering ethics or social implications of technology:

  • This may be fulfilled by completing one of the following courses: BIOENG 100*; COMPSCI 195, H195; DATA C104*; ENE,RES C100*, W100*; ENGIN 125*, 157AC*, 185*; HISTORY C184D*; IAS 157AC*; ISF 100D*, 100G* (C100G does not fulfill ethics); MEDIAST 104D*; NWMEDIA 151AC*; PUBPOL C184*, W184*; STS C104D*; UGBA 107* (cannot be used by M.E.T. students).
  • Of these courses, those with an asterisk (*) will also fulfill an upper division Humanities/Social Sciences requirement.

8Free electives can be any technical or non-technical course, any course of your interest offered by any department; there are no restrictions. Free electives may be necessary in order to obtain the minimum 120 units for graduation.

2024-2025 Transfer Undergraduate Program in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences*

CourseFallSpring
1st and 2nd Semesters
COMPSCI 61A – The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

4

COMPSCI 61B – Data Structures, or 61BL – Data Structures and Programming Methodology

4

EECS 16A – Designing Information Devices and Systems I

4

EECS 16B – Designing Information Devices and Systems II

4

Humanities/Social Sciences Courses(1)

4

4

Total

12

12

3rd and 4th Semesters
COMPSCI 61C – Great Ideas of Computer Architecture, or 61CL – Machine Structures (Lab-Centric)

4

COMPSCI 70 – Discrete Mathematics and Probability Theory

4

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Upper Division Technical Electives(2, 3)

12

Humanities/Social Sciences Courses(1)

4

3-4

Total

12

15-16

5th Semester**
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Upper Division Technical Electives(2, 3)

8

Ethics/Social Implications of Technology(4)

1-4

Free Elective(5)3
Total

12-15

Notes

* A minimum of 120 units is required for graduation.

**Transfer students who would like to enroll for a fifth semester mustcontact their ESS Adviser to change their degree term.

1The Humanities/Social Science (H/SS) requirement includes two approved Reading & Composition courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. Reading & Composition parts A and B must be completed by no later than the end of the sophom*ore year. The remaining courses may be taken at any time during the program. Seeengineering.berkeley.edu/hssfor complete details and a list of approved courses.

2Students must complete a minimum of 20 units of upper division EECS courses:

  • One course must provide a major design experience, and be selected from the following list: ELENG C128, 130, 140, 143, 192; COMPSCI 160, 161 (if taken Spring 2019 or later), 162, 164, 169 (or 169A, 169L, W169A), 180, 182 (or L182, W182), 184, 186 (or W186), 194-26 (Intro to Computer Vision and Computational Photography), 285; EECS C106A, C106B, 149, 151 and 151LA (must take both), 151 and 151LB (must take both).
  • In addition to upper division EECS courses, the following courses can count toward the 20 units of upper division EECS: INFO 153A, 159, 213; COMPSCI 270, C280, 285, 288, 294-84 (Interactive Device Design), 294-129 (Designing, Visualizing and Understanding Deep Neural Networks); ELENG 229A. Note that no more than two graduate level courses (courses numbered 200-294) can be used to fulfill requirements for your B.S. degree.
  • The 20 units of upper division EECS courses cannot include any course taken on a P/NP basis, COMPSCI H196A or H196B, or ELENG H196A or H196B.

3Students must complete a minimum of 40 units of engineering courses:

  • Included in these units are COMPSCI 61A, 61B, 61C, EECS 16A, 16B, and the required 20 units of upper division EECS.
  • The 40 units of engineering courses cannot include: any course taken on a P/NP basis; courses numbered 24, 32, 39, 84, H194, 196, H196, H196A, H196B; BIOENG 100; COMPSCI 70, C79; DESINV courses (except DESINV 15, 22, 23, 90E, 190E); ENGIN 125, 157AC, 180, 183 series, 184, 185, 187, 195 series; INDENG 95, 185, 186, 190 series, 191, 192, 195; MECENG 190K, 191K.

4Students must complete one course about engineering ethics or social implications of technology:

  • This may be fulfilled by completing one of the following courses: BIOENG 100*; COMPSCI 195, H195; DATA C104*; ENE,RES C100*, W100*; ENGIN 125*, 157AC*, 185*; HISTORY C184D*; IAS 157AC*; ISF 100D*, 100G* (C100G does not fulfill ethics); MEDIAST 104D*; NWMEDIA 151AC*; PUBPOL C184*, W184*; STS C104D*; UGBA 107*.
  • Of these courses, those with an asterisk (*) will also fulfill an upper division Humanities/Social Sciences requirement.

5Free electives can be any technical or non-technical course, any course of your interest offered by any department; there are no restrictions. Free electives may be necessary in order to obtain the minimum 120 units for graduation.

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Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences - Berkeley Engineering (2024)

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Because our Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences offers one of the field's strongest research and instructional programs anywhere in the world.

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Although a minimum of three years of college preparatory math is required, we strongly recommend completing four years. Since engineering admission is very competitive, applicants must do more than the minimum, particularly in math and science.

Is Berkeley EECS hard to get into? ›

Q: What are my chances of being admitted? A: About 9% of applicants to Berkeley's computer science graduate program are admitted. We are eager to accept the best, most intellectually exciting students. If this is you, I encourage you to apply.

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  • University of California, Berkeley.
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  • California Institute of Technology.
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in engineering, a higher GPA is often expected. Many graduate programs prefer applicants with GPAs of 3.5 or above, especially for competitive programs or if you're aiming for research-focused positions. It's important to note that while GPA is a factor in the hiring process, it's not the only one.

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Computer Science, Engineering, and Economics are the top three hardest majors to get into at Berkeley, followed by Biology and Political Science. The Computer Science program at Berkeley is one of the top-ranked CS programs in the world, so admission there is no small feat.

What is the acceptance rate for UC Berkeley electrical engineering? ›

It is one of the university's most selective undergraduate programs, along with the College of Engineering's EECS program; acceptance rates have been at or below 5% for both freshman and transfer applicants in recent years—5.2% for Fall 2020 EECS freshman applicants, which was lower than the MIT acceptance rate.

Is Berkeley better than UCLA for Engineering? ›

While UC Berkeley is recognized for its leadership in science and technology, UCLA is more renowned for its programs in the arts and humanities.

Is EECS better than CS Berkeley? ›

There is no difference in the computer science course content between the EECS and CS Majors – the difference is what other subjects you'd like to study. If you prefer greater flexibility in your coursework or are interested in exploring additional majors, then the CS Major might be a good choice.

What major is easiest to get into UC Berkeley? ›

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1.Development Studies41%
2.Environmental Economics Policy49%
3.Society and Environment54%
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How prestigious is Berkeley EECS? ›

Welcome to Berkeley EECS

It is one of the most prestigious, not only as an EECS department in a public university, but ranked globally among all EE and CS departments.

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#11
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Computer engineeringNR1
Computer science21
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Which UC are best for engineering? ›

University of California, Berkeley is a public sector university established in 1931 and located in Berkeley, California. The College of Engineering is among one of the 14 schools and colleges of UC Berkeley and is recognized globally as a leader in engineering education.

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