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Electrical Engineering

Do you want to use technology to improve healthcare, transportation, communications and beyond? Electrical engineering is an extremely diverse field ranging from the ultra-small devices inside our computer chips to global-scale communications systems. Electrical engineers design, develop, build, and test the electronic devices that are ever-present in the modern world. Everything ranging from autonomous electric vehicles to solar panels and smart phones depend on devices, circuits, signals and systems developed by electrical engineers.

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Computer Engineering

Are you ready to hop on the information highway? Computer engineering involves the design and development of systems based on computers and complex digital logic devices. These systems find use in such diverse tasks as computation, communication, entertainment, information processing, artificial intelligence and control. Computer engineers focus on how computer systems work and also how they integrate with other systems, such as those in healthcare, transportation, communications and beyond.

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Energy Science and Technology

There is an urgent need to develop and commercialize technologies for the sustainable conversion and use of energy. This minor prepares students for careers that require training in energy science and technology, efficiency, and policy. Clean technologies and green technologies including energy are some of the fastest growing markets for new investments. Well-trained individuals in all related fields are needed to provide the level of expertise required to advance technology and policy and to satisfy national and global objectives for greater energy sustainability.

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Mechanical Engineering

Are you interested in studying objects and systems in motion? Mechanical engineers use basic science to design and manufacture complex engineering systems. They apply physical and mechanical principles to the development of machines, energy conversion systems, materials and equipment for guidance and control. Work in this broad field of engineering requires a thorough knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, mass transfer, electricity, manufacturing processes and economics.

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Materials Science and Engineering

Have you ever wondered what your stuff is made of? Then materials science and engineering is the major for you! Cell phones, semiconductors, automobiles, airplanes, tennis rackets, bicycles, space shuttle tiles and surgical implants — all of these objects rely on metals, ceramics, glasses or polymers. Discovering new materials and integrating them into engineering design is a daunting but rewarding task. This is the heart of the discipline. Newly engineered materials play a crucial role in technology, health and the well-being of society. 

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Environmental Engineering

Do you want to design sustainable solutions for society? Environmental engineers design processes and infrastructure to ensure society has access to safe water, clean air, and healthy ecosystems. They apply knowledge from physics, chemistry, biology and the social sciences to address a variety of problems. They work on water and wastewater treatment and ecosystem remediation, analysis of chemical fate and transport in the natural environment, and modeling of hydrologic and atmospheric flows.

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Computer Science and Engineering

How can you take a holistic look at computing from the top down? Computer science and engineering is the answer. As the trend toward globalization connects people in every part of the world, digital networks and systems are increasingly responsible for processing and delivering the massive amounts of information that keep communication flowing. Computer scientists design, maintain and improve upon these vital information systems and essential concepts of hardware.

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Civil Engineering

Civil engineers design the infrastructure that allows society to function: roads, bay-spanning bridges, earthquake-safe buildings, drinking water treatment systems, reservoir systems. Increasingly, civil engineers are called upon to safeguard the health of our environment by managing and improving air, land and water quality with air, water and waste treatment systems. To meet challenges associated with climate change, civil engineers practice principles of sustainable development, including considering the social consequences of their designs.

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Chemical Engineering

Do you like food? Medicine? Engineering? Do you want to know how to make it better? Then join the chemical engineering major to learn exactly that! Learn the science behind your favorite coffee or whiskey drinks. Come invent the next solar cell to change the future of solar power energy. If you love to convert one thing into another, then you are chemical engineer!

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Biomedical Engineering

Are you interested in contributing to human health and quality of life? Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary field of study that integrates knowledge of engineering principles with the biomedical sciences. The field is a very diverse, with biomedical engineers working in areas ranging from medical imaging to regenerative medicine.

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Biological Systems Engineering

If you want to work in biotech, food processing, bioenergy, biofuels, environmental sustainability, or agricultural robotics and machine learning, biological systems engineering is a good fit for you. Wherever life science meets engineering, you will likely find a biological systems engineer.

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Biochemical Engineering

Do you want to change the medical field? Do you want to work in a field that is a cross between engineering and medicine? Or do you want to invent the next biofuel to power tomorrow? Then biochemical engineering is your new home. You and your peers can pave the way to a healthier and more efficient tomorrow when you join the biochemical engineering program.

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Aerospace Science and Engineering

Do you want to help build an aircraft? Aerospace science and engineering is the branch of engineering that applies scientific knowledge to the design, manufacture and operation of aircraft. Our Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace science and engineering provides a broad background and fundamental education in mathematics, the physical sciences and the engineering sciences. These fundamentals, when complemented by the required technical courses, prepare students for employment in government or industry, while simultaneously establishing an excellent foundation for graduate studies.

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Computational Biology

Technological advances in the past 15 years have revolutionized biological sciences, as they have allowed large-scale simulations and high-throughput experiments throughout the tree of life. Unarguably, there is a need for computational methods that enable us to efficiently store, analyze and visualize the plethora of biological information available.

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Biomedical Engineering

The minor in biomedical engineering is restricted to enrolled College of Engineering students. The intent is to build upon their existing core strengths and add expertise in biomedical applications. This additional training would make students more attractive to employers in the medical device industry and position students for graduate training in health related applications of engineering.

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Materials Science

There is a constant need for professionals with more knowledge and experience in understanding the behavior of materials from which products such as electronics, sensors, biological implants, transportation vehicles, medical devices and infrastructure are made.

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Sustainability in the Built Environment

The built environment plays an integral role in meeting society’s most basic needs of shelter, security, mobility, community, and water and waste treatment, but it also contributes significantly to the sustainability challenges of climate change, pollution, resource consumption and land use. As society and government policy increase pressure to reduce the environmental impacts of our everyday activities, individuals must increasingly understand how the built environment they design and maintain fits into the complex environmental and human systems in which we live.

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Energy Policy

There is an urgent need to develop and commercialize technologies for the sustainable conversion and use of energy. The minor prepares students for careers that require training in energy science and technology, efficiency and policy. Clean technologies and green technologies including energy are some of the fastest growing markets for new investments. Well-trained individuals in all related fields are needed to provide the level of expertise required to advance technology and policy and to satisfy national and global objectives for greater energy sustainability.

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Energy Efficiency

There is an urgent need to develop and commercialize technologies for the sustainable conversion and use of energy. This minor prepares students for careers that require training in energy science and technology, efficiency, and policy. Clean technologies and green technologies including energy are some of the fastest growing markets for new investments. Well-trained individuals in all related fields are needed to provide the level of expertise required to advance technology and policy and to satisfy national and global objectives for greater energy sustainability.

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Electrical Engineering

There has been an increasing need for professionals in most engineering disciplines to understand the fundamentals of electronic circuits, electronic signals, semiconductor devices, applied electromagnetics, control systems, computer systems and communication systems. The minor program prepares students with the necessary theoretical and practical training in one or many of the above mentioned fields. 

 

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Construction Engineering and Management

California's construction industry continues to experience high growth as it continues to accommodate increasing population and as it faces renewal of much of the infrastructure built by previous generations. At the same time, the construction industry faces challenges of scarce materials, a need for decreased environmental impact in terms of the construction process itself and operation of the completed project, and a more complex operational, regulatory and social context in which it must do its work. The purpose of this minor is to better prepare professional civil and environmental engineers to thrive in this challenging industry, and to improve the efficiency of delivery and sustainability of the civil infrastructure in the state through their future efforts. It is expected that engineering students will enroll in this minor program, including civil, mechanical, chemical and materials science majors. Students from other colleges can also complete this minor, but it is recommended that they review the requirements with one of the advisors before enrolling. Students who are interested in construction of infrastructure in their discipline can make use of the skills that will be learned through completion of this minor.