EECS and CS majors Shun Lin, Michelle Ni, Abby Meil, Joan Zhu and JC Dy

Undergraduate Admissions & Programs

Each year, top students from across the world are attracted to our undergraduate programs by the excellent faculty, the breadth of educational opportunities, the proximity to the vibrant California high-tech economy, and the Berkeley environment. Our close ties to industry, coupled with our commitment to research and education, ensure that students get a rigorous, relevant, and broad education.

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One Department, Two Programs

The Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences Department offers two different undergraduate degrees from two different colleges:  the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences (EECS) offered by the College of Engineering (CoE), and the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science (CS) from the College of Letters & Science (L&S). Technical requirements in computer science are almost identical, however breadth requirements and admissions processes vary significantly.

Maria Can at Cal Day 2017

CS Bachelor of Arts

Computer Science deals with computer theory and methods of information processing, hardware & software design, and applications. The major combines a rigorous technical program with background in the liberal arts and sciences.

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EECS Bachelor of Science

The CoE Electrical Engineering & Computer Science major combines fundamentals of computer science and electrical engineering in one major.

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How Are They Different?

The CS Major offers greater flexibility to explore other fields, such as economics, music, etc. with breadth coursework. If you are more interested in engineering, the EECS Major may be better suited to you.

Compare the CS and EECS Majors

Why Choose UC Berkeley?

There are many reasons to think seriously about UC Berkeley. It is one of the most distinguished institutions of higher learning, with a leading EECS department, a world-renowned faculty, a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, and a beautiful campus situated opposite the Golden Gate Bridge near the San Francisco Bay. We are also a short distance from Silicon Valley, and a number of high-tech companies are also based in the Berkeley and Alameda areas. This close proximity to the latest technologies enlivens our curriculum, provides many research and summer job opportunities for our students, and makes this a very exciting place to study electrical engineering and computer sciences.

There is, and will continue to be, a high demand for EE and CS engineers. Due to the rapid pace of change, Berkeley’s academic program is flexible and emphasizes fundamentals. You will use up-to-date undergraduate computer and laboratory facilities. Distinguished teachers from the Berkeley campus will be your lecturers, advisors, and mentors. You can participate in undergraduate research projects.  Engineers usually work in teams, so we also encourage our students to take courses to sharpen their communication skills.

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Can You See Yourself Doing Research This Summer?

Participation in a summer research project can provide you with valuable new skills and experiences to use on your résumé.

Experience Summer Research

A Message to Prospective Women Students

Messages from some of our women faculty and students, and some resources available to support women in EE and CS.

Hear From Women in EECS

The Five Year Master's Program in EECS

The 5th Year M.S. is only available to UC Berkeley EECS and CS undergraduates who apply in their final year. It is a combined Bachelor and Master’s program geared toward highly motivated students who are interested in a professional career.

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Invitation to Prospective Students and Families

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At the northeast corner of the campus you will find Cory and Soda Halls, homes of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, with campus dormitories right across the street.

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