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As UCLA Engineering has grown into one of the top engineering programs in the country, the school has changed in many ways, but has not wavered from its early vision of developing an engineering program with imagination and integrity. Founded in 1945, the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science is committed to creating a better future for Los Angeles and the world'to make discoveries that truly mean a better tomorrow.
The school supports dynamic programs in traditional and new areas of study and research, including bioengineering, wireless networked systems, bio-nano-info technology, wireless communications and computing, signal processing, sensor technologies, nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing, automated flight, alternative energy systems, smart structures and materials, and protection of the environment. Partnerships across traditional academic boundaries reflect the school's commitment to a wide range of interdisciplinary activities.
Students receive their professional education through classroom lectures, participation in real-world applications, and hands-on experience. The undergraduate degree curriculum provides exposure to the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts and recognizes the responsibility of engineers to create, protect, and manage technology with regard for ethics and human values. Students who are committed to a high standard of achievement are invited to contribute to the future of excellence in engineering at UCLA.
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has seven departments and one interdepartmental program offering study in aerospace engineering, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, and mechanical engineering'all of which are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the nationally recognized accrediting body for engineering programs. The computer science and computer science and engineering programs are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, (410) 347-7700.
For specific programs, see the department information in the Curricula and Courses section or refer to the schoolAnnouncement available from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, 6426 Boelter Hall.
Applicants for admission to the school must satisfy the University admission requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Study section. Students must select a major within the school when applying for admission. In the selection process many elements are considered, including grades, test scores, and academic preparation.
Freshman applicants must satisfy the examination requirement described in the Undergraduate Study section and should take required tests by the December test date, since scores are part of the review process. Instruct the testing agencies to send results directly to UCLA Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools.
Applicants must submit scores from an approved core test of mathematics, language arts, and writing. This requirement may be satisfied by taking either (1) the ACT Assessment plus ACT Writing Test or (2) the SAT Reasoning Test. In addition, all applicants must complete two SAT Subject Tests in two different subject areas selected from history/social science, mathematics (Mathematics Level 2 only), laboratory science, and a language other than English.
Applicants to the school are strongly encouraged to take the following SAT Subject Tests: Mathematics Level 2 and a laboratory science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) that is closely related to the intended major.
Credit for Advanced Placement Tests . Students may fulfill part of the school requirements with credit allowed at the time of admission for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Tests with scores of 3, 4, or 5. Students with AP Test credit may exceed the 213-unit maximum by the amount of this credit. AP Test credit for freshmen entering in Fall Quarter 2008 fulfills HSSEAS requirements as indicated on the school AP chart at http://www.admissions.ucla.edu/Prospect/APCreditEN.htm.
Students who begin their college work at a California community college are expected to remain at the community college to complete the lower division requirements in chemistry, computer programming, English composition, mathematics, physics, and the recommended engineering courses before transferring to UCLA. Transfer students who have completed the recommended lower division program in engineering at California community colleges normally complete the remaining requirements for one of the B.S. degrees in six terms (two academic years) of full-time study. Students who select certain majors, such as Computer Science and Engineering or Chemical Engineering, may be required to complete additional lower division courses for the major sequence.
1. Chemistry courses equivalent to UCLA's Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A, 20B, 20L (only Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A is required for the Computer Science and Computer Science and Engineering majors and the electrical engineering and computer engineering options of the Electrical Engineering major; the Chemical Engineering curriculum also requires Chemistry and Biochemistry 30A, 30AL, 30B, 30BL, which do not need to be taken prior to admission to UCLA)
Students transferring to the school from institutions that offer instruction in engineering subjects in the first two years, particularly California community colleges, are given credit for certain engineering core requirements.
A course in digital computer programming, using a higher-level language such as Fortran, Java, C, or C++, satisfies the computer programming requirement. Applicants to majors in Computer Science, Computer Science and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering should take C++.
Many sophomore courses in circuit analysis, strength of materials, and properties of materials may satisfy Electrical Engineering 100, Civil and Environmental Engineering 108, and Materials Science and Engineering 104 requirements respectively. Check with the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.
The University of California has two requirements that undergraduate students must satisfy in order to graduate: (1) Entry-Level Writing or English as a Second Language and (2) American History and Institutions. See Degree Requirements in the Undergraduate Study section for details.
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has seven requirements that must be satisfied for the award of the degree: unit, scholarship, academic residence, writing, technical breadth, ethics, and general education.
Students must earn at least a C (2.0) grade-point average in all courses taken at any UC campus. In addition, at least a 2.0 grade-point average must be achieved in total upper division required courses and total upper division engineering courses. See a counselor in 6426 Boelter Hall for details.
Students admitted to the school are required to complete a two-term writing requirement--Writing I and engineering writing. Both courses must be taken for a letter grade, and students must receive grades of C or better (C grades are not acceptable).
Writing I. The Writing I requirement must be satisfied by completing English Composition 3 or 3H with a grade of C or better (C– or a Passed grade is not acceptable) by the end of the second year of enrollment.
The Writing I requirement may also be satisfied by scoring 4 or 5 on one of the College Board Advanced Placement Tests in English or a combination of a score of 720 or higher on the SAT Reasoning Test Writing Section and superior performance on the English Composition 3 Proficiency Examination.
Students whose native language is not English may satisfy the Writing I requirement by completing English as a Second Language 36 with a grade of C or better (C– or a Passed grade is not acceptable). Admission into the course is determined by completion of English as a Second Language 35 with a passing grade or proficiency demonstrated on the English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE).
Engineering Writing. The engineering writing requirement is satisfied by selecting one approved engineering writing (EW) course from the HSSEAS writing course list or by selecting one approved Writing II (W) course. The course must be completed with a grade of C or better (C– or a Passed grade is not acceptable). Writing courses are listed in the Schedule of Classes at http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/soc/writing.htm.
The technical breadth requirement consists of a set of three courses providing sufficient breadth outside the student's core program. A list of HSSEAS Faculty Executive Committee-approved technical breadth requirement courses is available in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, and deviations from that list are subject to approval by the associate dean for Academic and Student Affairs. None of the technical breadth requirement courses selected by students can be used to satisfy other major course requirements.
The ethics and professionalism requirement is satisfied by completing one course from Engineering 183 or 185 with a grade of C or better (C– or a Passed grade is not acceptable). The course may be applied toward the engineering writing requirement.
General education (GE) is more than a checklist of required courses. It is a program of study that (1) reveals to students the ways that research scholars in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences create and evaluate new knowledge, (2) introduces students to the important ideas and themes of human cultures, (3) fosters appreciation for the many perspectives and the diverse voices that may be heard in a democratic society, and (4) develops the intellectual skills that give students the dexterity they need to function in a rapidly changing world.
This entails the ability to make critical and logical assessments of information, both traditional and digital; deliver reasoned and persuasive arguments; and identify, acquire, and use the knowledge necessary to solve problems.
Students may take one GE course per term on a Passed/Not Passed basis if they are in good academic standing and are enrolled in at least three and one-half courses (14 units) for the term. For details on P/NP grading, see Grading in the Academic Policies section or consult the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.
The aim of courses in this area is to provide perspectives and intellectual skills necessary to comprehend and think critically about our situation in the world as human beings. In particular, the courses provide the basic means to appreciate and evaluate the ongoing efforts of humans to explain, translate, and transform their diverse experiences of the world through such media as language, literature, philosophical systems, images, sounds, and performances. The courses introduce students to the historical development and fundamental intellectual and ethical issues associated with the arts and humanities and may also investigate the complex relations between artistic and humanistic expression and other facets of society and culture.
The aim of courses in this area is to introduce students to the ways in which humans organize, structure, rationalize, and govern their diverse societies and cultures over time. The courses focus on a particular historical question, societal problem, or topic of political and economic concern in an effort to demonstrate how issues are objectified for study, how data is collected and analyzed, and how new understandings of social phenomena are achieved and evaluated.
Foundations of Scientific Inquiry. One course (4 units minimum) from the Life Sciences subgroup or one course from Biomedical Engineering CM145/Chemical Engineering CM145, Chemistry and Biochemistry 153A, or Civil and Environmental Engineering M166/Environmental Health Sciences M166:
This requirement is automatically satisfied for Bioengineering majors, Chemical Engineering majors, and the biomedical engineering option of the Electrical Engineering major. The requirement may be satisfied for Civil Engineering majors if students select an approved major field elective that is also a course approved under Foundations of Scientific Inquiry.
The aim of courses in this area is to ensure that students gain a fundamental understanding of how scientists formulate and answer questions about the operation of both the physical and biological world. The courses also deal with some of the most important issues, developments, and methodologies in contemporary science, addressing such topics as the origin of the universe, environmental degradation, and the decoding of the human genome. Through lectures, laboratory experiences, writing, and intensive discussions, students consider the important roles played by the laws of physics and chemistry in society, biology, Earth and environmental sciences, and astrophysics and cosmology.
Foundations Course Lists. Creating and maintaining a general education curriculum is a dynamic process; consequently, courses are frequently added to the list. For the most current list of approved courses that satisfy the Foundations of Knowledge GE plan, consult an academic counselor or see http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/ge/.
For the approved list of courses, see http://www.seasoasa.ucla.edu/ge.html.
Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science departments generally set two types of requirements that must be satisfied for the award of the degree: (1) Preparation for the Major (lower division courses) and (2) the Major (upper division courses). Preparation for the Major courses should be completed before beginning upper division work.
A major requires completion of a set of courses known as Preparation for the Major. Each department sets its own Preparation for the Major requirements; see the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog.
Students must complete their major with a scholarship average of at least a 2.0 (C) in all courses in order to remain in the major. All courses in the major department must be taken for a letter grade. See the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog for details on each major.
Students should take advantage of academic support resources, but they are ultimately responsible for keeping informed of and complying with the rules, regulations, and policies affecting their academic standing.
The Study List is a record of classes that a student is taking for a particular term. It is the student's responsibility to present a Study List that reflects satisfactory progress toward the degree. Study Lists or programs of study that do not comply with the standards set by the faculty may result in enforced withdrawal from the University or other academic action. Study Lists require approval of the dean of the school or a designated representative.
Undergraduate students in the school are expected to enroll in at least 12 units each term. Students enrolling in less than 12 units must obtain approval by petition to the dean prior to enrollment in courses. The normal program is 16 units per term. Students may not enroll in more than 21 units per term unless an Excess Unit Petition is approved in advance by the dean.
Advanced Placement Tests. Some portions of Advanced Placement (AP) Test credit are evaluated by corresponding UCLA course number. If students take the equivalent UCLA course, a deduction of UCLA unit credit is made prior to graduation. See the HSSEAS AP chart at http://www.admissions.ucla.edu/Prospect/APCreditEN.htm.
Community College Unit Limit. After students have completed 105 quarter units (regardless of where the units are completed), they do not receive unit credit or subject credit for courses completed at a community college.
Foreign Language. No credit is granted toward the bachelor's degree for college foreign language courses equivalent to quarter levels one and two if the equivalent of level two of the same language was completed with satisfactory grades in high school.
Students in good academic standing may be permitted to have a double major consisting of a major within HSSEAS and a major outside the school (e.g., Electrical Engineering and Economics). Students are not permitted to have a double major within the school (e.g., Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering). Contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs for details.
New undergraduate students must have their course of study approved by an academic counselor. After the first term, curricular and career advising is accomplished on a formal basis. Students are assigned a faculty adviser in their particular specialization in their sophomore year or earlier.
In addition, undergraduate students are assigned, by major, to an academic counselor in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs who provides them with advice regarding general requirements for the degrees and University and school regulations and procedures. It is the students' responsibility to periodically meet with their academic counselor in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, as well as with their faculty adviser, to discuss curriculum requirements, programs of study, and any other academic matters of concern.
Students normally follow the curriculum in effect when they enter the school. California community college transfers may also select the curriculum in the catalog in effect at the time they began their community college work in an engineering program, providing attendance has been continuous since that time.
Undergraduate students following a catalog year prior to 2006-07 may use the computerized HSSEAS Academic Program Planner (APP), an interactive system that lets students know if their programs meet the requirements for graduation. Students beginning upper division coursework in the major are required to submit an Academic Program Proposal to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs for approval by the associate dean. Students following the 2006-07 catalog year and thereafter will be notified by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs of a new program called Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS).
Students following the engineering curricula are eligible to be named to the Dean's Honors List each term. Minimum requirements are a course load of at least 15 units (12 units of letter grade) with a grade-point average equal to or greater than 3.7. Students are not eligible for the Dean's Honors List if they receive an Incomplete (I) or Not Passed (NP) grade or repeat a course. Only courses applicable to an undergraduate degree are considered toward eligibility for Dean's Honors.
Students who have achieved scholastic distinction may be awarded the bachelor's degree with honors. To be eligible, students must have completed 90 or more units for a letter grade at the University of California and must have attained a cumulative grade-point average at graduation which places them in the top five percent of the school (GPA of 3.889 or better) for summa cum laude, next five percent (GPA of 3.814 or better) for magna cum laude, and the next 10 percent (GPA of 3.618 or better) for cum laude. The minimum GPAs required are subject to change on an annual basis. Required GPAs in effect in the graduating year determine student eligibility.
Based on grades achieved in upper division courses, engineering students must have a 3.889 grade-point average for summa cum laude, a 3.814 for magna cum laude, and a 3.618 for cum laude. For all designations of honors, students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA in their major field courses. To be eligible for an award, students should have completed at least 80 upper division units at the University of California.
The UCLA chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, encourages high scholarship, provides volunteer tutors, and offers many services and programs to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges.
Exceptionally promising juniors or seniors may be nominated as Departmental Scholars to pursue bachelor's and master's degree programs simultaneously. Minimum qualifications include the completion of 24 courses (96 quarter units) at UCLA, or the equivalent at a similar institution, the current minimum grade-point average required for honors at graduation, and the requirements in preparation for the major. To obtain both the bachelor's and master's degrees, Departmental Scholars fulfill the requirements for each program. Students may not use any one course to fulfill requirements for both degrees.
Students are encouraged to participate in UCLA extracurricular activities, especially those relevant to engineering, such as the student engineering society (the Engineering Society, University of California), student publications, and programs of the technical and professional engineering societies in the Los Angeles area.
Among HSSEAS students, women make up approximately 19 percent of the undergraduate and 20 percent of the graduate enrollment. Today's opportunities for women in engineering are excellent, as both employers and educators try to change the image of engineering as a 'males only' field. Women engineers are in great demand in all fields of engineering.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), recognizing that women in engineering are still a minority, has established a UCLA student chapter which sponsors field trips and engineering-related speakers (often professional women) to introduce the various options available to women engineers. The UCLA chapter of SWE, in conjunction with other Los Angeles schools, also publishes an annual résumé book to aid women students in finding jobs and presents a career day for women high school students. See http://www.engineering.ucla.edu/swe/.
Continuing education in engineering is developed and administered by the UCLA Extension (UNEX) Department of Engineering, Information Systems, and Technical Management in close cooperation with HSSEAS. The department offers evening classes, short courses, certificate programs, special events, and education and training at the workplace. The office (540 UNEX, 10995 Le Conte Avenue) is open Monday through Friday. Call (310) 825-4100 for information systems programs, (310) 825-3344 for short course programs, (310) 206-1548 for engineering or technical management classes, and (310) 825-3858 for technical management programs. See http://www.uclaextension.edu.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the Graduate Division, applicants to the HSSEAS graduate programs are required to take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Specific information about the GRE may be obtained from the department of interest.
Students entering the Engineer/Ph.D. program normally are expected to have completed the requirements for the master's degree with at least a 3.25 grade-point average and to have demonstrated creative ability. Normally the M.S. degree is required for admission to the Ph.D. program. Exceptional students, however, can be admitted to the Ph.D. program without having an M.S. degree.
To submit a graduate application, see http://www.seasoasa.ucla.edu/prospective/graduate.html. From there connect to the site of the preferred department or program and go to the online graduate application.
Graduate degree information is updated annually in Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees at http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gasaa/library/pgmrqintro.htm.
No lower division courses may be applied toward graduate degrees. In addition, the various departments generally do not allow, for graduate degree credit, courses required of their undergraduate students. Consult the departmental graduate affairs office for more information.
Individual departments within the school may impose certain restrictions on the applicability of other undergraduate courses toward graduate degrees. Consult with the graduate adviser on departmental requirements and restrictions.
The M.S. program focuses on one major field. The major fields and subdisciplines offered at the M.S. level in most cases parallel those listed below for the Ph.D. program. There are some differences (for example, manufacturing engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is offered only at the M.S. level). Contact the department concerned regarding possible differences between the M.S. and Ph.D. fields and subdisciplines. Students are free to propose to the school any other field of study, with the support of their adviser.
A total of nine courses is required for the M.S. degrees, including a minimum of five graduate courses. (Some fields require more than five; obtain specific information from the department of interest.) A majority of the total formal course requirement and of the graduate course requirement must consist of courses in HSSEAS. In the thesis plan, seven of the nine courses must be formal courses, including at least four from the 200 series. The remaining two courses may be 598 courses involving work on the thesis. In the comprehensive examination plan, at least five of the nine courses must be in the 200 series; the remaining four courses may be either 200-series graduate or upper division undergraduate courses. No 500-series courses may be applied toward the comprehensive examination plan requirements.
The thesis must either describe some original piece of research that students have done, usually but not necessarily under the supervision of the thesis committee, or else provide a critical exposition of some topic in their major field of study. Students would normally start to plan the thesis at least one year before the award of the M.S. degree is expected. There is no examination under the thesis plan.
The comprehensive examination, which is offered every term, is required in written form only. The comprehensive examining committee may conduct an oral query after review of the written examination. In case of failure, students may be reexamined once with the consent of their departmental graduate adviser.
A concurrent degree program between HSSEAS and the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management allows students to earn two master's degrees simultaneously: the M.B.A. and the M.S. in Computer Science. Contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs for details.
The primary purpose of the new Master of Science in Engineering online degree program is to enable employed engineers and computer scientists to augment their technical education beyond the Bachelor of Science degree and to enhance their value to the technical organizations in which they are employed. For further information, see http://www.engineer.ucla.edu.
The Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) degree is granted to graduates of the Engineering Executive Program, a two-year work-study program consisting of graduate-level professional courses in the management of technological enterprises. For details, write to the HSSEAS Office of Academic and Student Affairs, 6426 Boelter Hall, UCLA, Box 951601, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1601, (310) 825-2514.
HSSEAS offers an Engineer (Engr.) degree at a level equivalent to completion of preliminaries in the Ph.D. program. The Engineer degree represents considerable advanced training and competence in the engineering field but does not require the research effort involved in a Ph.D. dissertation.
Requirements for the Engineer degree are identical to those of the Ph.D. degree up to and including the oral preliminary examination, except that the Engineer degree is based on coursework. The minimum requirement is 15 (at least nine graduate) courses beyond the bachelor's degree, with at least six courses in the major field (minimum of four graduate courses) and at least three in each minor field (minimum of two graduate courses in each).
The Ph.D. and Engineer degree programs are administered interchangeably, so that a student in the Ph.D. program may exit with an Engineer degree or pick up the Engineer degree en route to the Ph.D. degree; similarly, a student in the Engineer degree program may continue to the Ph.D. after receiving the Engineer degree. The time spent in either of the two programs may also be applied toward the minimum residence requirement and time limitation for the other program.
The Ph.D. programs prepare students for advanced study and research in the major areas of engineering and computer science. All candidates must fulfill the minimum requirements of the Graduate Division. Major and minor fields may have additional course and examination requirements. For further information, contact the individual departments.
Established fields of study for the Ph.D. are listed below. With the support of an adviser, students may propose any other field of study to their department. Instructions on the definition of acceptable ad hoc fields and procedures for their approval are available in each department office.
Biomedical Engineering Interdepartmental Program. Biocybernetics; biomechanics, biomaterials, and tissue engineering; biomedical instrumentation; biomedical signal and image processing and bioinformatics; medical imaging informatics; molecular and cellular bioengineering; neuroengineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydrology and water resources engineering, structures (structural mechanics and earthquake engineering)
Computer Science Department. Artificial intelligence, computational systems biology, computer networks, computer science theory, computer system architecture and computer-aided design (CAD), graphics and vision, information and data management, software systems
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Applied mathematics (established minor field only), applied plasma physics (minor field only), dynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, manufacturing and design, nanoelectromechanical/microelectromechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS), structural and solid mechanics, systems and control
Each graduate certificate program consists of five 100- or 200-series courses, at least two of which must be at the graduate level. No work completed for any previously awarded degree or credential may be applied toward the certificate. Successful completion of a certificate program requires an overall minimum B average in all courses applicable to the certificate. In addition, graduate certificate candidates are required to maintain a minimum B average in 200-series courses used in the certificate program. A minimum of three terms of academic residence is required. The time limitation for completing the requirements of a certificate program is two calendar years. Details regarding the certificate programs may be obtained from each department office.
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