The Computer Engineering Department (CE) offers a combined undergraduate bachelor of science (B.S.) and graduate master of science (M.S.) degree. The program is designed to enable outstanding CE undergraduates to seamlessly proceed from B.S. to M.S., and to accelerate their M.S. studies by completing graduate courses while still an undergraduate, applying two graduate courses to both the undergraduate and the graduate degree.
Advanced planning of the B.S./M.S. degree is crucial, and interested students should contact their faculty advisor early in their career, no later than the start of their Junior year.
The combined B.S./M.S. can provide a means of gaining the advanced specialization required for some of the most demanding and rewarding engineering jobs in industry, or the B.S./M.S. can be the beginning of graduate studies leading to the Ph.D. here or elsewhere.
There are advantages and disadvantages to the B.S./M.S. program.
The requirements for the B.S. degree under the B.S./M.S. program are exactly the same as those of the standard undergraduate B.S. in Computer Engineering program. B.S./M.S. students are, however, encouraged to plan their undergraduate schedule so as to fill one or two of the upper-division elective slots with graduate courses. These graduate courses may then be applied to the M.S. degree as well.
The requirements for the M.S. portion of the degree are more restrictive than those of the general Computer Engineering M.S. graduate program. To receive the M.S degree, the B.S./M.S. student must complete 48 units of graduate courses that fulfill the standard M.S. degree requirements. No undergraduate courses may be used to meet the M.S. degree requirements. Up to 10 units of these graduate courses can be counted toward both the B.S. degree and the M.S. degree. As with the standard M.S. degree program, 10 units may be Independent Study (CE/CS 297) or Thesis Research (CE/CS 299). Please see Computer Engineering M.S. graduate program for the complete M.S. degree requirements. The CE undergraduate degree fulfills the CE graduate Base Requirement.
For graduate courses to apply to the M.S. degree, the graduate courses must be taken for a grade. For graduate students, passing work is an A or B, while for undergraduates, passing work is an A, B, or C. If a graduate course is taken and a grade of C is awarded, then that course can be applied to the B.S. degree but not the M.S. degree.
Undergraduate CE students should apply during their first or second quarter of Junior standing. Applicants must have completed (or currently be taking) CE100 (Digital Logic), CS101 (Abstract Data Types), CE110 (Computer Architecture) or CE121/L (Microprocessor system design), and EE70/L (Intro. to Electronic Circuits), and preferably at least one additional upper-division CE/CS course. Because transfer students, or students who were initially undecided on the Computer Engineering major, may have difficulty completing the required courses in time, applications will be considered until the first quarter of senior standing. Students who are beyond this point may apply to the standard M.S. program.
Standard UCSC Graduate School applications, as well as transcripts and letters of reference from three UCSC faculty members are submitted to the B.S./M.S. Program. GRE scores are not required. Applications are due by November 20 in the Fall quarter, February 20 in the Winter quarter, and May 20 in the Spring quarter (or the following Monday if the 20th falls on a Saturday or Sunday). The CE B.S./M.S. admissions committee may either immediately make a decision on the application or defer the decision until the completion of additional courses. Decisions to admit, reject or defer the application, or to transfer the application to the standard M.S. program, will be made within one month of the application deadline.
The procedure for application is as follows:
Although GREs are not required for B.S./M.S. admission, we strongly recommend that they be taken. GRE scores are required for many forms of financial aid, as well as for admission into the standard M.S. program, and graduate programs elsewhere. Thus, you should take both the GRE general and subject tests in case you need funding, you are not admitted to the combined degree program, or may wish to attend graduate school elsewhere.
Students retain undergraduate status until the completion of all undergraduate requirements. At the time graduate status is achieved, at most 3 graduate courses taken as an undergraduate may count toward the course requirements for a Master's degree. At most 10 units of graduate courses taken as an undergraduate may count toward both the B.S. and the M.S. degree requirements (additional graduate course units may not be counted towards the B.S. program requirements). Credit towards the M.S degree for courses taken while an undergraduate is restricted to 15 units to ensure students complete all undergraduate requirements and progress to graduate standing as soon as feasible.
Students in the B.S./M.S. program may be considered for aid after achieving graduate standing. Most aid decisions are first made each March during the yearly graduate admissions process, during which time B.S./M.S. students who request aid will be considered for TA and fellowship awards. As opportunities open up, students who are not awarded aid in March may be able to receive teaching assistant positions. As graduate students, B.S./M.S. students may receive aid in the form of GSRs from faculty members. As undergraduate students, B.S./M.S. students may receive undergraduate research assistant appointments from faculty members. The CE graduate committee will regularly circulate the list of undergraduates in the B.S./M.S. program as an aid to faculty wishing to contact students pursuing the master's degree.
|1st||core||gen ed||gen ed|
|CS 12A||CS 12B||CE 12C|
|Math 19A||Math 19B||Math 23A|
|2nd||Math 23B||gen ed||Math 27|
|CE 16||CE 100/L||CS 101|
|Phys 5A/L||Phys 5B/M||Phys 5C/N|
|3rd||CE 110||CE 121/L||CE 172/L|
|EE 70/L||CE 107||CS 111|
|gen ed||gen ed||gen ed|
|4th||CE 123/L||CE 202||CS 201|
|CE 185||Chem 1B||CE 152|
|G1||CE 2xx||CE 2xx||CE 2xx|
|CS 2xx||CS 2xx||CS 2xx|
This is an example program only; course availability varies from year to year. Alternative courses that fulfill the electronics, engineering science, or project requirement may be used in place of CE172/L, CE152, and CE123/L, respectively. In the example, CS201 and CE202 are used to fulfill the upper-division elective requirements of the B.S. degree.
Is the B.S./M.S. appropriate for engineers continuing on to the Ph.D.?
Please direct inquiries about the program to your CE advisor. Application packages are available at the department office or the SOE graduate division.
Richard Hughey --- 25 April 2000
Martine Schlag --- 16 March 2001