Honors Degree Program

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The EECS Honors Degree Program is designed to provide very talented undergraduate students with more flexibility. Honors students select an academic concentration outside of EECS. In addition, students receive a special faculty advisor, engage in research, receive official notation of the honors degree on their Berkeley transcript, and are invited to special events with faculty and EECS Honors alumni.

Deadline to Apply: Friday, December 5, 2014

EECS Honors Info Session: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 3:00 - 3:30pm in 380 Soda Hall

Honors Alumni Dinner with Profs. Culler, King-Liu, and Klein


  • Official notation of honors degree on Berkeley transcript
  • Many honors students do very well and receive departmental awards.
  • Bi-annual dinner with faculty.

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  • At least 45 units completed at Berkeley. (This may also include up to ten AP units.)
  • Junior Transfers applicants must have completed at least 12 units at UCB. and typically apply at the end of their second semester.
  • Completion of lower-division technical requirements for the degree.
  • Minimum overall and technical GPA of 3.7.
  • Applicants with only one semester remaining are not typically admitted.


  • Applications are reviewed by a committee convened by the Vice Chair for Undergraduate Matters. The committee evaluates applications for various signs of aptitude including: a well-written essay, above-average course loads, sincere commitment to a breadth area outside EECS, and grades.
  • Other factors that may strengthen an application include: departmental or campus service, undergraduate research experience, and interest in attending graduate school.
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Requirements for Completion

  • Fulfill all degree requirements in EECS or L&S CS.
  • At least four units of supervised Independent Study, EECS 199, H196, or other approved research, (usually taken a P/NP graded basis).
  • A breadth requirement, consisting of at least 3 upper division courses (totaling at least 10 units) taken for a letter grade, outside the department.
  • The breadth requirement courses may be taken in a single department, or in related departments if they address a unifying theme. The breadth courses are part of the honors application and may be changed (later) by petition only.
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Achievements of EECS Honors Degree Program Students

National Awards

  • Computing Research Association Outstanding Undergraduates Award - 2013

    • Awardee: Zhengyuan Zhao
    • Runner Up: Frank Ong
    • Honorable Mentions: Amy Pavel, Stephanie Rogers

EECS Departmental Awards

EECS Departmental Scholarships

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Staff and Contact Information

For Information Contact

Dahlia Case
University of California, Berkeley
EECS Department
205 Cory Hall #1770
Berkeley, CA 94720-1770

Phone: 510-642-7372
Fax: 510-642-7644
Email: dahliacase@eecs

Program Staff

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