EECS Research and Faculty
While Computer Science and Electrical Engineering are two departments at many schools, at UC Berkeley, both are divisions within one department: EECS. These divisions have separate degree requirements and individual admissions committees, looking for different skills sets when they evaluate applications. For that reason, applicants must clearly indicate to which division they are applying.
Students may take classes or have an advisor in either department. However, transferring between Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences after enrollment is subject to the approval of the admissions committee. For many subject areas, such as CAD, networks, and robotics, research is done in both Computer Sciences and Electrical Engineering. In such cases we recommend that you apply to the division of the department in which you have the most undergraduate experience. This will help you prepare for the preliminary examination to proceed in the Ph.D. program. Please consult our Research Areas page and the Research Projects page for subject areas.
We have a faculty of over 100, with roughly half in each division. Their interests cover a broad range of research topics, and many have won awards and the highest distinctions in their fields. The Department includes 22 members of the National Academy of Engineering and 9 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellows. Three faculty have also won the ACM Turing Award, generally considered to be the "Nobel Prize" of computer science. A number of our recently hired faculty have won the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. We encourage you to explore the faculty web pages to find out more about their work.
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