Graduate Requirements

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or recognized equivalent
  • 1 year of college-level calculus
  • 1 semester of probability and statistics
  • 1 semester of elementary linear algebra
  • 1 year of college-level physical science (e.g., Physics 7A & 7B)
  • 1 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

Course descriptions

See Berkeley Academic Guide for all CEE course descriptions.

Berkeley Graduate Division's Degree Policy

All UC Berkeley graduate degree programs must conform to minimum requirements established by Graduate Division. See Degrees Policy.

Degrees

Master of Science:  Plan I

  • 20 units, with at least 12 units from CEE graduate courses
  • Required course: CE 107 Climate Change Mitigation (ECIC head graduate adviser approval required for substitution)
  • Required course: CE 268E Civil Systems and the Environment (ECIC head graduate adviser 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 3 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 adviser 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

Master of Science:  Plan II

  • 24 units, with at least 12 units from CEE graduate courses
  • Required course: CE 107 Climate Change Mitigation (ECIC head graduate adviser approval required for substitution)
  • Required course: CE 268E Civil Systems and the Environment (ECIC head graduate adviser 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 3 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) 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 PhD, you must pass the exam with distinction. A Pass with Distinction is valid for 2 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 PhD.  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 adviser approval required for substitution)
  • Required course: CE 268E Civil Systems and the Environment (ECIC head graduate adviser 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 3 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. (At least 6 units must be from graduate courses)
  • You must have a graduate adviser to provide general academic guidance and to help with administrative matters, and a research adviser to supervise your dissertation research. Your research adviser 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 adviser.
  • PhD Qualifying Examination: Administrated by 4 faculty members, with each minor subject represented by a faculty member, with at least 1 member from outside of CEE. The research/thesis adviser may be a member of the committee but cannot serve as the committee chair.
  • Completion of a dissertation approved by a dissertation committee of at least 3 faculty members, with 1 member from outside CEE