Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate Overview

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or recognized equivalent
  • 1 year of college-level calculus
  • 1 semester probability and statistics and elementary linear algebra
  • 1 year college-level physics (e.g., Physics 7A & 7B)
  • A course in thermodynamics or energy conversion (can be taken as part of graduate study). Example courses in thermodynamics and energy conversion at Berkeley include:
    • E 115 Engineering Thermodynamics
    • ME 40 Thermodynamics
    • ME 105 Thermodynamics and Biothermodynamics
    • ME 254 Thermodynamics
    • CHM ENG 141 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
    • ME 146 Energy Conversion Principles
      To see Berkeley course descriptions, visit the Guide; to go directly to CE courses, click here.

    Degrees

    MS: Plan I

    • 20 units, with at least 12 units from CEE graduate courses
    • Required course: CE 107 Climate Change Mitigation (ECIC head graduate advisor approval required for substitution)
    • Required course: CE 268E Civil Systems and the Environment (ECIC head graduate advisor approval required for substitution)
    • Required course: CE 295  Energy Systems and Control
    • Required course: CE 292A Technologies for Sustainable Societies
    • At least 6 units from the three core areas, Environmental Science and Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Economics and Policy, but no more than 3 units in any one area
    • Thesis required, with at least one advisor from the ECIC faculty
    • A maximum of 3 units of individual study and research (CE 299) with an ECIC faculty member may be counted toward the 20 units and the 12 units in the major

    MS: Plan II

    • 24 units, with at least 12 units from CEE graduate courses
    • Required course: CE 107 Climate Change Mitigation (ECIC head graduate advisor approval required for substitution)
    • Required course: CE 268E Civil Systems and the Environment (ECIC head graduate advisor approval required for substitution)
    • Required course: CE 295 Energy Systems and Control
    • Required course: CE 292A Technologies for Sustainable Societies
    • At least 9 units from the three core areas, Environmental Science and Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Economics and Policy, but no more than 6 units in any one area
    • A maximum of 3 units of individual study and research (CE 299) with an ECIC faculty member may be counted toward the 24 units and the 12 units in the major
    • You must pass the Comprehensive Examination, a 3 hour written exam administered at the end of the Spring semester. You must answer 3 questions, each addressing material covered in the required ECIC courses. Reference materials (texts, reference books, notes etc.) are not permitted. You will receive a grade of "Pass with Distinction," "Pass," or "Not Pass." If you receive a grade of "Not Pass," you may retake the exam once more in order to pass. If you want to continue on for a Ph.D., you must pass the exam with distinction. Pass with distinction is valid for two years after the exam.

    PhD

    • A bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution or a recognized equivalent is required.  If you hold only a bachelor's degree, you must earn the master's degree while progressing towards the Ph.D.  A demonstrated superior level of academic achievement (minimum 3.5 GPA) in your graduate studies and support of a faculty research adviser are required to continue in the program.  For a continuing Berkeley student, a comprehensive exam "Pass with Distinction" is required or an approved Plan I Master's thesis.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and above 3.0 in the minor fields.
    • Required course: CE 107 Climate Change Mitigation (ECIC advisor approval required for substitution)
    • Required course: CE 268E Civil Systems and the Environment (ECIC head graduate advisor approval required for substitution)
    • Required course: CE 295  Energy Systems and Control
    • Required course: CE 292A Technologies for Sustainable Societies
    • At least 12 units from CEE graduate level courses 
    • At least 15 units from the three core areas, Environmental Science and Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Economics and Policy, but no more than 6 units in any one area
    • Two minor fields, where only one can have CEE courses
    • Each minor constitutes at least 9 units of graduate or upper-division undergraduate courses (but at least 6 units must be from graduate courses)
    • You must have a graduate advisor to provide general academic guidance and to help with administrative matters, and a research advisor to supervise your dissertation research. Your research advisor must be identified before the Preliminary Examination
    • At least 3 units of individual study and research (CE 299) must be completed with an ECIC faculty member before the Preliminary Examination
    • Preliminary examination: ECIC faculty write 1 or more questions, and you submit written answers to the provided question(s) after 3 days. The examination committee is made up of 3 members of the ECIC program, 1 of whom is the research advisor
    • PhD Qualifying Examination: Administrated by 4 faculty members, with each minor subject represented by a faculty member, and with at least 1 member from outside of CEE. The research/thesis advisor may be a member of the committee, but not its chair
    • Completion of a dissertation approved by a dissertation committee of at least 3 faculty members, with 1 from outside CEE