College of Science and Engineering

College Administrative Offices   Office Extension
Dean of the College James C. Kelley TH 323 338-1571
Associate Dean Daniel H. Buttlaire TH 323 338-1571
College Directory      
School/Department/Program Chair/Director Office Extension
Biology John Hafernik HH 534 338-1548
Chemistry and Biochemistry James Orenberg TH 806 338-1288
Computer Science Jozo Dujmovic TH 906 338-1008
Engineering Zorica Pantic-Tanner SCI 163 338-1228
Geosciences Karen Grove TH 509 338-2061
Mathematics Sheldon Axler TH 937 338-2251
Meteorology Karen Grove TH 509 338-2061
Physics and Astronomy Robert Rogers TH 334 338-1659
Center/Institute Director Office Extension
Center for Biomedical Laboratory Science William N. Bigler SCl 264 338-1696
Center for Interdisciplinary Science Daniel H. Buttlaire TH 323 338-1571
Sierra Nevada Field Campus James Steele TH 323 338-1571
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Gail Johnston MLML 831-755-8650
Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies Alissa Arp Tiburon 338-6063

College of Science and Engineering

The College of Science and Engineering offers undergraduate degrees1 in the following disciplines:

Bachelor of Arts

Biology 040112
Chemistry 19051
Geology 19141
Mathematics 17011
Physics 19021
  Concentration in: Astronomy 19111
Science 49023
  Concentrations in:
  Individual Major 49023
  Physical Science 19011
  Meteorology 19131

Bachelor of Science

Applied Mathematics 07031
Biochemistry 04141
Biology
  Concentrations in:
  Botany 04021
  Cell and Molecular Biology 04171
  Ecology 04201
  Marine Biology and Limnology 04181
  Microbiology 04111
  Physiology 04101
  Zoology 04071
Chemistry 19051
Civil Engineering 09081
Clinical Science 12231
Computer Science 07011
Electrical Engineering 09093
Geology 19141
Mechanical Engineering 09101
Physics 19021
  Concentration in: Astrophysics 19111
Statistics 17021

The College of Science and Engineering offers the following graduate degrees:1

Master of Arts

Biology 040112
Biology
  Concentrations in:
  Cell and Molecular 04171
  Conservation Biology 04011
  Ecology and Systematic 04201
  Marine 04181
  Microbiology 04111
  Physiology and Behavioral 04101
Mathematics 17011
Science 49023

Master of Science

Applied Geosciences
Biomedical Laboratory Science 12231
Chemistry 19051
  Concentration in: Biochemistry 04141
Computer Science 07011
Engineering 09011
Marine Science 49022
Physics 19021

Cooperative Doctoral Program

M.A. in Biology to Ph.D. at University of California, Davis and University of California, San Francisco

M.S. in Chemistry or Biochemistry to Ph.D. at University of California, Davis or University of California, San Francisco

Graduate Certificate Programs

Genetic Engineering (Biology Department)
Clinical Laboratory Science (Center for Biomedical Laboratory Science)

College Structure and Mission

The College of Science and Engineering is committed to providing superior scientific and mathematical education in the context of a major urban university with a liberal arts tradition. The college offers programs at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels in astronomy, atmospheric sciences, biology, clinical laboratory science, chemistry, computer science, geology, biochemistry, physics, and mathematics through the six departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Geosciences, and Physics and Astronomy. Through the School of Engineering, the college offers civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering. At the graduate level, the school offers the Master of Science in Engineering. The college offers an interdisciplinary major in science through the Center for Interdisciplinary Science and a graduate program in biomedical laboratory science through the Center for Biomedical Laboratory Science which provides practical professional experience and research opportunities through collaboration with numerous hospital service laboratories and off-campus clinical research laboratories. Finally, the college offers a multidisciplinary degree program in Statistics drawing from courses in Business, Economics, and Mathematics. The Statistics program is listed in the Department of Mathematics.

The college provides all of its students with a current, relevant, hands-on education in science. Close interaction between student and faculty in the laboratory and field environments fosters the development in the student of the critical skills required in science: the ability for objective analysis of a problem; the ability to design and carry out critical tests; and the ability to make objective interpretations of data.

Students wishing to follow one of the major and/or minor programs in the college should meet with a faculty adviser in the appropriate department immediately after admission to the university. Science curricula are inherently sequential so early advising and satisfaction of course prerequisites are essential to success in timely completion of program requirements.


1The numbers following the degrees are used by this university to identify the programs indicated. These numbers must be used on the application for admission, registration forms, application for graduation, etc.

2General Biology



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