Engineering, Jacobs School of

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All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice.

The Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego comprises the Departments of Bioengineering (BE), Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), NanoEngineering (NE), and Structural Engineering (SE). The Jacobs School is directed by the dean of Engineering. The departments offer seventeen undergraduate programs as well as many graduate degree programs. For links to engineering undergraduate and graduate programs, please visit Students interested in engineering should consult the website and the individual department listings that follow this section of the catalog.

UC San Diego’s six undergraduate colleges differ in their general-education requirements. Prospective students should review the general-education requirements and take them into account when planning their college curriculum.

Acceptance to Departmental Majors in the Jacobs School of Engineering

Student demand exceeds program capacity in all of the undergraduate majors. Owing to limited departmental resources, engineering major programs have more students apply than can be accepted, and have been declared capped majors. Acceptance into a capped engineering major is based on academic excellence demonstrated in high school or at a community college. Acceptance will be granted to the maximum number of students in each of these capped major programs consistent with maintaining acceptable program quality and in compliance with admissions procedures and criteria approved by the Academic Senate’s Educational Policy Committee.


All engineering majors are capped. Freshman applicants must indicate an engineering major as their first choice on their UC application in order to be considered for acceptance to the major by the UC San Diego Office of Admissions.

It is strongly suggested that all students accepted into engineering programs consult their department’s academic adviser at an early stage to plan their lower-division engineering courses, and that they consult with a college academic counselor to arrange general-education courses around the required screening courses. Students admitted fall quarter should attend the engineering department’s orientation meetings during Welcome Week.


Following California’s Master Plan for Higher Education, UC San Diego gives high priority to students transferring from California community colleges.

All engineering majors are capped for transfer admissions. Since acceptance to capped engineering majors is quite competitive for freshman and transfer applicants alike, academic standards are high. Acceptance to capped majors may be limited to the best transfer applicants, e.g., those who have been admitted to UC San Diego with the most complete lower-division preparation and the highest college grade point averages. Since acceptance is restricted to these majors, transfer students are encouraged to apply to more than one major degree program and to include one open major in their selection.

Transfer students who choose capped engineering major programs as their first-choice major on their UC application are required to complete the minimum lower-division major preparation courses prior to transferring. Many of the following courses are required to be taken for a letter grade for all engineering transfer students in their major:

*Refer to the UC San Diego General Catalog to select major prerequisite recommendations for computer language courses.

Please note that exact transfer admission requirements may vary by major and department. For exact eligibility criteria, please reference the respective department’s catalog listing or the California community college articulation agreement listed on

It is strongly suggested that all students accepted into engineering programs consult their department’s academic adviser at an early stage to plan their lower-division engineering courses, and that they consult with a college academic counselor to arrange general-education courses around the required screening courses. Students admitted fall quarter should attend the engineering department’s orientation meetings during Welcome Week.

Continuing UC San Diego Students

Effective fall 2015, all engineering majors are capped for continuing UC San Diego undergraduate students. Continuing UC San Diego undergraduate students who wish to change into capped engineering majors must submit an application to the department on or before the target dates and must meet minimum requirements. Interested students should visit this website for additional information:

Double Majors and Minors

It is the policy of the UC San Diego Academic Senate not to approve double majors within engineering. Students who qualify for admission to graduate school and who have the extra time are encouraged to consider integrated five-year bachelor’s/master’s programs.

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Integrative Engineering Education

California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS): COSMOS is a four-week residential pre-college academic enrichment experience in math, science, technology, and engineering for talented high school students. Students participate in one of the following ten academic courses (or clusters):

  1. Computers in Everyday Life
  2. Engineering Design and Control of Kinetic Sculptures
  3. Living Oceans and Global Climate Change
  4. When Disaster Strikes: Earthquake Engineering
  5. From Lasers to LCDs: Light at Work
  6. Biodiesel from Renewable Sources
  7. Synthetic Biology
  8. Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  9. Music and Technology
  10. Robot Inventors

Typically, twenty percent of admitted students are awarded financial assistance. For more information, visit

EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio: Our 6,500-square-foot maker studio at UC San Diego provides engineering and visual arts students with a wide range of design, fabrication, and prototyping tools. It’s a creative, experiential space where students are empowered to think and design; to make and tinker; and to break things better. Over twenty UC San Diego faculty have created innovative, hands-on courses that take advantage of the studio’s 3D printers, laser cutter, electronics, and much more. The class projects that students work on are rooted in theory and are scaffolded across four years, making use of progressively advanced equipment and tools. Visit for more information.

IDEA Engineering Student Center: The IDEA Engineering Student Center provides engineering students with academic support and social engagement that enhances values of diversity for a global community. The services available through the IDEA Student Center are designed to assist students as they pursue their chosen degrees and to prepare them for life outside of the university as engineering professionals and responsible citizens. The staff serve as a resource for those interested in applying to engineering majors; getting involved in student organizations; seeking internships; accessing tutoring, scholarship, and involvement information; or for those needing a referral to on-campus and community resources. For more information, visit the office in Jacobs Hall, Room 1400, email the staff at, or visit

Institute for the Global Entrepreneur: The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur encompasses education and training programs, mentoring, and strategic partnerships, all working toward a common goal: preparing engineers and MBA students to become changemakers, technical leaders, and entrepreneurs who drive innovation within organizations both large and small. The institute is a collaboration between the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management. It is dedicated to training global technology leaders and translating university discoveries to the marketplace. For details, visit

Global TIES—Teams in Engineering Service: Global TIES is an innovative program in humanitarian engineering that gives students the opportunity to apply their skills in a real-world setting while learning the role that engineering and technology can play in solving local and global problems. Interdisciplinary teams of students collaborate on student-directed but faculty-advised projects designing engineering and technology solutions for nonprofit organizations and their clients in San Diego and in developing countries. For details, visit

Gordon Engineering Leadership Center: The Gordon Engineering Leadership Center is a core program at the Jacobs School of Engineering known for its leadership education and training. The center was established in 2009 with the generous support of the Bernard and Sophia Gordon Foundation. The Gordon Center provides hands-on engineering leadership training, technical courses, one-on-one mentoring, forums, challenge projects, and Think Tanks for engineering students who are interested in generating new products and creating jobs for the benefit of society. The Gordon Scholars participate in a comprehensive engineering leadership training program, which includes 1) leadership workshops and forums and 2) summer programs that integrate theory and case studies with hands-on practice and mentoring. For details, visit

Team Internship Program (TIP): Under the direction of the Corporate Affiliates Program, this corporate-sponsored program gives students the opportunity to develop their engineering skills in a multidisciplinary team environment that provides real-world engineering experience in preparation for entering the workforce. In these full-time, competitive summer paid internships, students work on-site with industry partners as a systems-oriented solution team focused on a clearly defined and significant project. For details, visit

Research Centers

The Jacobs School’s affiliated research centers and institutes are on the leading edge of tomorrow’s technological revolutions. Our institutes place a high priority on relevant research, collaboration with industry partners, technology transfer, and educational opportunities that prepare our graduates to meet the engineering needs of the nation.

For details, please visit the individual research center website:

CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials and Systems:

Center for Algorithmic and Systems Biology

Center for Energy Research:

Center for Engineered Natural Intelligence:

Center for Extreme Events Research: 

Center for Memory and Recording Research: 

Center for Microbiome Innovation:

Center for Networked Systems:

Center for Visual Computing:

Center for Wearable Sensors:

Center for Wireless Communications:

Charles Lee Powell Structural Research Laboratories:

CHO Systems Biology Center:

Contextual Robotics Institute:

Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics:

Deep Decarbonization Initiative:

Information Theory and Applications Center:

Institute for the Global Entrepreneur:

Institute of Engineering in Medicine:

Qualcomm Institute (UC San Diego Division of California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology):

San Diego Supercomputer Center:

Sustainable Power and Energy Center (SPEC):

Whitaker Center for Biomedical Engineering