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Applied mathematics and statistics are disciplines devoted to the use of mathematical methods and reasoning to solve real-world problems of a scientific or decision-making nature in a wide variety of subjects, principally (but not exclusively) in engineering, medicine, the physical and biological sciences, and the social sciences. Applied mathematical modeling often involves the use of systems of (partial) differential equations to describe and predict the behavior of complex real-world systems that unfold dynamically in time. Statistics, construed broadly, is the study of uncertainty: how to measure it (using ideas and methods in probability theory), and what to do about it (using concepts from statistical inference and decision theory).
The Department of Biomolecular Engineering is an interdisciplinary department that combines expertise from Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Engineering to train students and develop technologies to address major problems at the forefront of biomedical and bio-industrial research. Students trained in the Department of Biomolecular Engineering can look forward to careers in Academia, the Information and Biotechnology Industries, Public Health, or Medical Sciences.
Computer engineering focuses on the design, analysis, and application of computers and on their applications as components of systems. The UCSC Department of Computer Engineering sustains and strengthens its teaching and research program to provide students with inspiration and quality education in the theory and practice of computer engineering. The department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D degrees as well as two undergraduate minors. A combined B.S./M.S. program allows students to complete both degrees in five years.
Computer science is the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of computer technology and computer usage. The Computer Science Department offers courses on a wide range of topics, many of which include a mathematical component, and offers undergraduate bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in computer science, a bachelor of science in computer science: computer game design, as well as the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees. Besides offering instructional courses, the department engages in a substantial research program in which both advanced undergraduates and graduate students participate.
The mission of the Electrical Engineering Department is to build and sustain a teaching and research program to provide undergraduate and graduate students with inspiring and quality education in the theory and practice of hardware- and information-processing-oriented electrical engineering; serving industry, science, and government; and bringing faculty and staff a rewarding career in teaching, research, and service. The electrical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Committee of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Technology and Information Management (TIM) is a multi-disciplinary program that focuses on the integration of information systems, technology, and business management for two purposes: the technology of management, i.e., the use of information systems to solve business problems, and the management of technology, which includes new product development and enterprise management. Today, it is widely accepted that managing information resources to optimize enterprise performance is as important as managing resources such as labor, capital, and raw materials. TIM supports the management of the processes of collection, manipulation, storage, distribution, and utilization of an organization’s information resources as well as the use of these processes in the management of technology. The program offers a B.S. in technology and information management as well as a minor in technology and information management (TIM).