Spring 2019 Curricular Updates

In our ongoing efforts to ensure that our students receive high quality and current educational offerings, academic programs are established, updated and, occasionally, discontinued. This year we have made several changes to our undergraduate and graduate curriculum.

I am pleased to announce the following changes to the UC Santa Cruz curriculum this academic year. 

  • The Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology M.S. was established in the Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology department. The program will supersede the existing M.A.
  • The Natural Language and Processing M.S. has been established in the Computer Science and Engineering department. The program will launch fall 2020 at the Silicon Valley campus.
  • The Statistics track of the Statistics and Applied Mathematics (SAM) graduate program has been discontinued and the program has been renamed Applied Mathematics. These changes follow the establishment of a separate graduate program in Statistical Science last year.
  • The Computer Science M.S./Ph.D. has been renamed the Computer Science and Engineering M.S./Ph.D.
  • The Electrical Engineering M.S./Ph.D. has been renamed the Electrical and Computer Engineering M.S./Ph.D.
  • The Statistics Department has established a contiguous five-year Bachelor’s/Master’s pathway in the Statistical Science M.S.
  • The Education Department has established a contiguous five-year Bachelor’s/Master’s pathway with the Science Education B.S. and the Education MA/C program.
  • The Coastal Science and Policy M.S. program has established a designated emphasis for Ph.D. students.
  • The Graduate Division has been approved as a course sponsoring agency. The division will sponsor and administer coursework for the Graduate Preparation Program for first-year international students.
  • The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has established minors in Assistive Technology, and Bioelectronics and Biophotonics. 
  • The History of Art and Visual Culture department has established a concentration in Curation, Heritage, and Museums in the History of Art and Visual Culture B.A. The department has also suspended the Religion and Visual Culture concentration.
  • The Technology Management M.S./Ph.D. has been discontinued.
  • The Bioengineering B.S. has been discontinued.
  • The Chemistry & Biochemistry department has discontinued the Environmental Chemistry concentration in the Chemistry B.S. program.