Welcome to EECS!
The mission of the EECS Department is to
Educate future leaders in academia, government, industry, and entrepreneurial pursuit, through a rigorous curriculum of theory and application that develops the ability to solve problems, individually and in teams.
Welcome from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at UC Berkeley! With over 120 affiliated faculty members, close to 2000 undergraduate students, and over 500 graduate students, we are the largest department at "Cal." The distinction of the EECS faculty is evident from a long list of prestigious awards which recognize outstanding contributions in research and/or teaching. Our undergraduate and graduate programs consistently rank in the top three nationwide in Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engineering, in Computer Engineering, and in Computer Science, attracting top researchers and students from around the world. Hallmarks of our success are a strong tradition of collaboration across disciplinary and organizational boundaries, dedication to education and outreach, close ties to industry, and a supportive culture.
EECS spans all of information science and technology and has applications in a broad range of fields, from medicine to the social sciences. Indeed, many members of our department are housed in the headquarters building of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), which involves researchers from many departments across the Berkeley campus and also at other UC campuses working together to develop technological solutions to societal-scale problems such as sustainable energy, health care, and safety and security. CITRIS is just one of many research centers through which we innovate and transfer new technologies while creating new knowledge. Our faculty and alumni have started not only many companies but also new industries based on client/server computing, electronic design automation, RISC (reduced instruction set computing) processors, relational databases, RAID (redundant array of independent disks) servers, and portable communication, to name just a few examples.
Our leadership in research is the key to maintaining a vibrant curriculum that prepares our students to become leaders in their chosen profession. Many of our faculty members have written authoritative textbooks within their areas of specialty, and our upper-division and graduate-level courses are organized according to research areas. Most recently, some of our professors and graduate students have developed new tools to facilitate student learning in MOOCs (massive open and online courses) offered at Berkeley. Our undergraduate degree program is designed to give students flexibility to pursue one or more areas of concentration within the broad field of EECS, according to their interests. Since most work in the industry (as well as in academia and government) is done in teams, our students gain relevant experience to work effectively with team members and to develop project management skills. Many professors offer undergraduate research opportunities which are more open-ended than course projects. The EECS Center for Student Affairs (CSA) provides assistance to prospective and current students (both graduate and undergraduate). We are proud of our student organizations, which actively support our students to succeed through their course of study here at Cal and also offer outreach programs and activities to serve our local community.
I invite you to explore our department website and welcome you to visit Cory Hall (home to the EE Division) and Soda Hall (home to the CS Division) —especially during the annual Cal Day— to experience firsthand our dynamic learning and research environment!
With warm regards,