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Top 5 Questions

The class I want to take is full - what can I do to get in it?
  • For ECE classes, see the ECE Student Affairs Office in Trailer 380, Room 101
  • For other department classes, contact the department's undergraduate advisor
How can I change to the CE major from another major?

First, consult with the ECE Academic Advisor and review the College of Engineering requirements. Then, students may petition to enter the computer engineering major when the requirements below are met.

  1. An overall UCSB Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 AND
  2. Satisfactory completion at UCSB with a grade point average of 3.0 or better of any five classes including at least two Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) classes and two Computer Science (CMPSC) classes from the following: Mathematics 4B, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) 10A-B-C and 10AL-BL-CL, 15A, or Computer Science (CMPSC) 16, 24, 32 and 40

Acceptance into the major will be based on UC grade point averages, applicable courses completed, and space availability. All students considering changing majors into Computer Engineering are required to meet with the ECE Academic Advisor during their first year.

Can I participate in the University of California's Education Abroad Program (EAP)?

Yes - the UCSB Office of the Education Abroad Program (EAP) is dedicated to making the experience of such study available to as many qualified UCSB students as possible. EAP allows students to continue to progress toward their degrees while living and studying in some of the best academic institutions around the world.

For more information about EAP, contact the College of Engineering liaison, Frances Fouch -

Can you tell me more about the BS/MS Program?

A program offered by either the ECE or CS departments.

BS/MS options available for Computer Engineering undergraduates:

Applications for the program are usually due at the end of the spring quarter of the junior year. As this is an accelerated program, it is expected that you have completed all the required courses for the CE major including all the junior required courses. GRE exams are not required to apply.

To check the status your BS/MS application in ECE, contact Saixious Dominguez, ECE Graduate Admissions Coordinator

How can I find the 4 Year Course Plan according to my year of entrance?

Also, the ECE Student Affairs Office has print copies of past 4 Year Plans and the COE GEAR has online versions from the most current year to 2012-13.

More Questions

Who do I contact if I have curriculum questions?

To receive a Computer Engineering degree from UCSB, students must satisfy three sets of requirements: major, college and university. As a first point of reference for curriculum questions, go to the CE Curriculum webpage. For additional questions, contact the following:

  • MAJOR (Computer Engineering degree requirements): ECE Student Affairs Office - Trailer 380, Rm 101,105 | (805) 893-8292 | (805) 893-5368 |
  • COLLEGE (College of Engineering general education requirements): College of Engineering Office of Undergraduate Studies - Harold Frank Hall, Room 1006 | (805) 893-2809 |
  • UNIVERSITY (UC, Santa Barbara general education requirements): College of Engineering Office of Undergraduate Studies - Harold Frank Hall, Room 1006 | (805) 893-2809 |

Not sure? Contact the ECE Student Affairs Office - Trailer 380, Rm 101, 105 | (805) 893-8292 |(805) 893-5368 |

What CS course should I take first?

The first required computer science course, CMPSC 16 (Problem Solving with Computers I) is designed for those students who have some programming background. If you have any questions or doubts as to whether you have the sufficient background for your first computer science course, we suggest that you first take CMPSC 8 (Introduction to Computer Science). This will help you gain basic exposure to computer programming and CMPSC 8 can also be used to fulfill the Math/Science/Engineering elective requirement.

I want to take an ECE or CS course but the prerequisites have changed - what should I do?

You will need to take the new prerequisites. Students are responsible for any updates or changes in prerequisites. Check the UCSB General Catalog, ECE Student Affairs Office (for ECE courses) or the CS Student Affairs Office (for CS courses) regularly for updates and changes in the curriculum.

What is the minimum grade that I must have to pass my CE core classes?

All required math and computer science classes require a minimum grade of a C to meet prerequisites for later classes in ECE. For all other courses taken at UCSB, a letter grade of D- or better is considered passing but may be insufficient for use as prerequisites for future courses. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in the major, upper division and overall to meet graduation requirements.

I am having difficulties registering for a class even though I meet the prerequisites - what should I do?

For ECE courses, visit the ECE Student Affairs Office in Trailer 380, Room 101, 105

For other departments, contact the department undergraduate advisor

Are there internship and job opportunities available for Computer Engineering students?

Santa Barbara and the Goleta area are known as being a part of the technology corridor between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Many technology companies are located in our area and contact us seeking students who are interested in participating in internship and employment opportunities. The ECE Student Office regularly sends out email notifications to students about these opportunities. Students are advised to check their UCSB email account on a daily basis for important announcements.

Students are also advised to initiate direct contact with companies and to discuss internship and employment interests with faculty members since many have their own research labs and also have contact with local industry.

UCSB Career Services has an official website for jobs, internships, and campus interviews called Handshake. In addition, Handshake serves as a gateway to subscription services that are free for UCSB students. Also, check out the College of Engineering's Internships & Career Services web page that has information about careers, internships (research and industry) and networking opportunities.

Career Events occur throughout the year and are a great opportunity to see which companies are looking for interns. This is also an excellent chance to network for employment after graduation.

Who do I contact If I am interested in undergraduate research opportunities?

The College of Engineering's Undergraduate Research Opportunities web page has information such as How & When to Get Started, Research Programs and more.

Also, consult directly with CS or ECE faculty members who have similar interests so they can steer you in the right direction.

Can I participate in the UCSB Technology Management Program (TMP)?

Yes - students can participate in the TMP.

TMP's educational programs include classes in management, entrepreneurship, new product development, marketing, and much more taught by world-class scholars, highly successful business lecturers and entrepreneurs.

TMP's New Venture Program has launched ventures including several EE and CE senior year projects.

How do I stay up-to-date on deadlines, announcements and notifications such as internships and job opportunities?
Check your email daily.

 Question for a Ugrad Advisor?

Fill out the inquiry form: CE Undergrad Student Affairs Inquiries

Important Info for 2023-24

Junior Meeting Presentations

CE Junior Meeting Powerpoint Presentation (pdf)

CE Undergrad Student Affairs Office

Office Hours: Weekdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Officers and Staff Contacts
  • Luke Theogarajan – ECE Professor, Vice Chair & Undergrad Director
  • Erika Klukovich – SAO Manager
    office: Trailer 697, Rm 101
  • Beth English
    Trailer 380, Rm 105
  • Joanna Villalobos
    Trailer 380, Rm 101
Question or Info Not Here?
Contact the ECE Undergraduate Advisor
Email: OR

Faculty Advisors

Assignments for 2023-24

2023-24 Academic Year

A-Z based on student‘s last name and advisors subject to change each academic year

  • A-D:  Prof. Jeong
  • E-H:  Prof. Peng Li
  • I-M:  Prof. Brewer
  • N-Q:  Prof. Strukov
  • R-V:  Dr. Isukapalli
  • W-Z:  Prof. Li-C. Wang

What Does Each Office Support?

ECE Student Affairs Office

  • Information on ECE Courses (CS Courses - go to the CS Department)
  • Add Codes for ECE Courses
  • Changing major to CE
  • ECE Exceptions (Course Substitutions)
  • Non-CE Majors Who Want to Take ECE Courses
  • CE Advisor Assignments
  • CE Senior Elective Form
  • CE Major Progress Checks
  • CE Course Scheduling and Planning

Trailer 380, Rm 101, 105 OR

COE Undergraduate Affairs Office

  • General Education Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements
  • EE / CE Degree Clearance
  • Petition for Graduation Matters
  • Late Add/Drop Exceptions
  • Academic Probation
  • UCSB/COE Exceptions (course substitutions other than ECE)
  • Education Abroad Program (EAP)
  • Transfer Students

Harold Frank Hall, Rm 1006

CE Form Center

NEW! Online Form: Petition to Add an ECE Course for Non-Majors (POM) – form is available here in:

Paper Forms:

NOTE: CE Senior Elective Sheet – for earlier plans than 2016-17, contact the ECE Student Affairs Office

Curriculum Info