EECS Honors Program

The EECS Honors Program is designed to provide very talented undergraduate students with more flexibility at the undergraduate level. Honors students pursue an academic concentration outside of the department, engage in research, receive a special faculty advisor, and are invited to special events with faculty and EECS Honors alumni.

Current Honors Students


  • Special events and guest speakers
  • Meetings with Chairs of the EE and CS divisions
  • Bi-annual dinner with faculty
  • Annual dinner with alumni
  • Priority access to exclusive faculty advisors
  • Membership in Honor Program Linked-in group with program alumni
  • Option to complete honors thesis and receive letter graded research units
  • Official notation of honors degree on Berkeley transcript*

Program Staff

Nicole McIntyre, Undergraduate Adviser
205 Cory Hall,
Schedule an Appointment:

All students are invited to attend an information session on the program.

Spring 2018 Info Session: Tues 4/17 3:15-4pm in 380 Soda 

Info Session Presentation


  • At least 35 units completed at Berkeley if admitted as a Freshman. At least 12 units completed at Berkeley if admitted as a Junior Transfer.
  • Minimum overall and technical GPA of 3.7.
  • Declared in EECS or Computer Science major. 
  • Students must have lower division major requirements completed or in progress.


  • Download the application here.
  • Applications are accepted in Fall and Spring. They should include a proposed course plan, and an essay explaining the student's motivation for applying, and their breadth area.  
  • Applications are reviewed by a committee convened by the Vice Chairs after final grades for the semester are posted. The committee valuates applications for various signs of aptitude including: a well-written essay, graded, above-average course loads, sincere commitment to a breadth area outside EECS, and an interest in undergraduate research

Honor Program Class of 2017

We're so excited for our new graduates, here are where some are headed...

  • Anurag Ajay, PhD at MIT
  • Allen Zhu, Environmental Advocacy
  • Kelly Shen, Masters at Stanford
  • Christos Gkolias, Software Engineer at Google
  • Glen Chou, PhD at University of Michigan focusing on controls, machine learning, and robotics
  • Lauren Capelluto, Rigtti, a quantum computing start up
  • Sam Kumar & Vivek Raghuram, Graduate school at UC Berkeley

At the time of graduation, 47% of our graduates are headed to industry, 47% to graduate school, and 6% to non-profit work. 

Honor Student Achievements

  • Peter Manohar & Garrett Thomas, CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Finalists (2018)
  • Tianhe Yi, CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Honorable Mention (2018)
  • Ashvin Nair, Warren Dere Design Award (2017)
  • Garrett Thomas, Mark D. Weiser Excellence in Computing (2017)
  • Marvin Zhang, NSF(2017)
  • Sam Kumar, Department Citation (2017), NSF (2017)
  • Shane Barratt, NSF (2017)
  • Ross Teixeira, Commencement Speaker (2017)
  • Viraj Mahesh, Arthur M. Hopkin Award (2017)
  • Xinyang (Young) Geng, Warren Dere Design Award (2017)
  • Jay Patel & Pradyumn Shrof, Commencement Speakers (2016)