University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

Berkeley, California, United States

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The Bioengineering Department is a part of the College of Engineering and offers Bachelor’s, Master and Ph.D. programs. It offers courses in Bioengineering Design, Instrumentation, Biomechanics, Protein Informatics, etc. to undergraduate students from allied disciplines. The department aims to combine biology with Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science to help students produce solutions for a healthier society and an equitable and sustainable world.

It offers Master’s in Bioengineering and Translational Medicine in a cross-campus collaboration with the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at UCSF. The research focus of the department lies in cellular engineering and development of solutions for precision medicine. Synthetic biology, stem-cell engineering, and computational biology are other key areas of research. The department prides itself on being ranked consistently amongst the top 10 across the globe.

Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Systems and Synthetic Biology
  • list items Bioinstrumentation
  • list items Computational Biology
  • list items Biomaterials and Nanotechnology
  • list items Cell & Tissue Engineering
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    Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

    The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (under the College of Chemistry) has played a leading role in making Berkeley one of the top 5 places for study and research in Chemistry over the past decade. BS in Chemical Engineering and MS in Chemical Engineering, besides MS in Product Development and Master of Bioprocess Engineering, have been the most sought after courses. The department has a world-renowned faculty to harness young talent and drive research. Besides the prestigious Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, students can work in the world’s leading biofuels and artificial photosynthesis labs.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Polymers and Soft Materials
  • list items Heterogeneous Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
  • list items Electrochemical and Environmental Engineering
  • list items Theory, Multiscale Modeling, and Computer Simulation
  • list items Microelectronics Processing and MEMS
  • list items Biochemical Engineering
  • list items Biomedical Engineering
  • List of Labs: Berkeley Stem Cell Center


    Civil and Environmental

    Ranked amongst the top 5 globally by US News, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Berkeley is known to produce the most talented graduates in the university. The BS in CEE focuses on design, hands-on experience and problem-solving. Hazard management, sustainability, and infrastructural improvements are the hallmarks of the program.

    The department offers

  • list items Master of Science Energy Civil Infrastructure and Climate Engineering & Project Management Environmental Engineering GeoSystems Engineering Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials Systems Engineering Transportation Engineering
  • list items Energy
  • list items Civil Infrastructure and Climate
  • list items Engineering & Project Management
  • list items Environmental Engineering
  • list items GeoSystems Engineering
  • list items Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials
  • list items Systems Engineering
  • list items Transportation Engineering
  • list items Master of Engineering (Systems Engineering and Transportation Engineering)
  • list items Doctoral level programs.
  • Students enjoy ample practical and professional outings at the San Francisco Bay area. Besides, the department also boasts of a dedicated structures lab and state-of-the-art testing equipment.           

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Environmental Engineering
  • list items Civil Systems
  • list items Structural Engineering, Mechanics & Materials
  • list items Earthquake Engineering
  • list items Eco-Systems
  • list items Engineering and Project Management
  • list items Energy
  • list items Civil Infrastructure and Climate
  • list items Transportation Engineering
  • List of Labs: Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology Laboratory; CREST: Center for Research in Energy Systems Transformation; JBEI: Joint BioEnergy Institute; Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute; Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER); Berkeley Water Center; Cool Climate Network


    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    The Computer Science division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) has the distinction of preparing leaders in an unparalleled industry environment, thanks to its proximity to Silicon Valley. It offers BA with CS majors (applications via College of Letters and Science) and BS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. The breadth of course options and cutting-edge laboratories have placed the department amongst the top 5 places for CS learning and research across the globe. Undergraduates can continue till the 5th year for combined BS/MS.

    The department also offers an industry-oriented one-year M.Eng along with an MS in Computer Science. Students of Public Policy can pursue a concurrent degree to broaden the scope of their graduate learning. The focus areas of research include Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.   

    The department also offers a Master of Science program in Electrical Engineering. The department transcends itself by providing the widest range of research labs to break new frontiers in the discipline. An array of fellowships makes it the most attractive spot for young talent.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Biosystems & Computational Biology
  • list items Artificial Intelligence
  • list items Human-Computer Interaction
  • list items Control, Intelligent Systems, & Robotics
  • list items Design
  • list items Modeling, and Analysis
  • list items Physical Electronics
  • list items Energy
  • list items Integrated Circuits
  • list items Micro/Nano Electro-Mechanical Systems
  • List of Labs:

  • list items Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST)
  • list items Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC)
  • list items Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS)
  • list items Center for Intelligent Systems (CIS)
  • list items Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center
  • list items Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing
  • list items Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S)
  • list items Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (CHESS)
  • list items Par Lab: Parallel Computing Laboratory
  • list items Berkeley Laboratory for Information and System Sciences;
  • list items Wireless Foundations
  • list items Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing
  • list items Berkeley Quantum Information
  • list items Computation Center
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    Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

    Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department (IEOR) is focused on creating, innovating, and analyzing tools and techniques for the analysis and management of complex systems. Undergraduates, graduates, and researchers are trained through hands-on industry-specific projects to handle supply chain, financial, healthcare, energy systems, etc.

    The undergraduate programs include BS in IEOR, BA in IEOR (through College of Letters and Science), integrated 4-year BS in IEOR with Management from Haas School of Business, besides a professional Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technology. Graduates can pursue M.Eng. in IEOR or research centered MS. Doctoral students concentrate on theoretical models, mathematical tools, and methodologies to make industries more efficient and profitable. Stochastic Modeling, algorithms, robotics, etc. are the focus research areas of the department.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Production
  • list items Logistics
  • list items Service, and Supply Chain Systems;
  • list items Automation and Robotics
  • list items Energy Systems and Markets
  • list items Market and Financial Engineering
  • list items Stochastic Modeling
  • list items Control
  • list items Simulation
  • list items Optimization 
  • list items Algorithm Design
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    Material Science

    The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) offers 5 joint majors at the undergraduate level besides a BS with majors in MSE. It collaborates with departments of Bioengineering, Nuclear Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering, besides the College of Chemistry. Undergraduate students can choose an extra year of instruction leading to a combined BS/MS in MSE. The professional M.Eng in MSE is coordinated by the Fung Institute. Graduate students may choose to concentrate on Nanoscale Science, Energy Science, Computational Science, Genomic Biology, or Communication, Computation and Statistics.

    The department also offers an MS program. The department ensures latest on-campus and collaborative laboratories to Ph.D. candidates for research on biomaterials, electro-chemicals, optical and electrical materials, magnetic materials and structural materials.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Materials for Electronic
  • list items Optical
  • list items Magnetic and Thermal Applications
  • list items Materials for Energy Storage and Generation
  • list items Biomaterials
  • list items Materials Computation and Theory
  • list items Polymers and Soft Materials
  • list items Nanomaterials
  • list items Materials Characterization
  • list items Chemical and Electrochemical Materials
  • list items Materials for Structural Applications
  • list items Materials Design 
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    The UC Berkeley Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) prepares young minds through industry-based design experience. Undergraduate students may opt for BS in ME, 4-year integrated BS with business, and joint majors with Materials Science or Nuclear Science. Undergraduates who have majored in mechanical engineering can opt for a one-year extension leading to an integrated BS/MS. The department offers full-time and part-time M.Eng besides a thesis-based MS.

    The in-vogue tracks of specialization include Fluid and Ocean Engineering and Nanotechnology.

    MEng programs are available in the following concentrations:

  • list items Advanced Energy Technology
  • list items Biomechanics, Experimental
  • list items Advanced Control Systems Design
  • list items Fluids and Ocean Engineering
  • list items MEMS/Nano
  • list items Modeling and Simulation of Advanced Manufacturing Processes
  • list items Product Design
  • The department offers special graduate programs such as Engineering and Business sustainability and designated emphasis programs in energy science and technology, development engineering and computational and data science engineering. Research at the department is propelled by over three dozen concentrated laboratories and a dozen specialist research centers. Ph.D. researchers can find supervisors for a vast array of fields ranging from biomechanics and robotics to ocean engineering and nanotechnology.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Biomaterials
  • list items Biomechanics & Biomedical Devices
  • list items Fluids
  • list items Solids
  • list items Materials
  • list items Computation, & Ocean
  • list items MEMS
  • list items Microsystems & Nanosystems
  • list items Combustion
  • list items Energy & Environment
  • list items Thermal Sciences
  • list items Design & Manufacturing; Controls,
  • list items Dynamics & Mechatronics
  • List of Labs: Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation


    Pure Sciences

    Considered as one of the top 10 destinations across the globe for science education and research, UC Berkeley offers the latest industry and research-oriented courses leading to degrees in pure sciences which open up a wide range of opportunities. The Department of Chemistry (under the College of Chemistry), the Biological Science division of the College of Letters and Science (L&S), the Mathematical and Physical Sciences division (L&S) offer undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in pure sciences.

    The university has separate departments for Integrative Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and Planetary Sciences. UC Berkeley offers some of the best labs and dedicated centers for research in the Sciences. More than half a dozen Nobel Laureates from the university are current faculty members.      

  • list items List of Labs: Berkeley Nuclear Research Center