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Applied Mathematics

Applied Mathematics department faculty specialize in the development and application of mathematical methods. Research in this department focuses on mathematical modeling, including dynamical systems, mathematical biology, fluid dynamics, control theory and uncertainty quantification, with applications to astrophysics, biology, engineering and geophysics.

Biomolecular Engineering

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.

Computational Media

The Computational Media Department is dedicated to the creation, enhancement, and study of media forms that can only be made using computers. The department emphasizes the construction of technologies that make possible novel media experiences, while simultaneously embracing and engaging in theoretical and practical approaches from the arts, humanities, and social sciences. UC Santa Cruz hosts the Center for Games and Playable Media, the largest games research group in the world, comprised of the Expressive Intelligence Studio, Computational Cinematics Studio, Natural Language and Dialog Systems Lab, Interactive Systems for Individuals with Special Needs Lab, Augmented Design Lab, and the Software Introspection Lab.

Computer Science and Engineering

The Computer Science and Engineering department spans multiple areas of research and education including algorithms, logic, and complexity, computer hardware, computer security and privacy, cyber-physical systems, distributed systems, database systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence, natural language processing, networks, pervasive computing and human-computer interaction, programming languages, robotics, social computing, storage systems, and visual computing.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Electrical and Computer Engineering department includes research and education in  robotics and control systems; electronic circuits and energy systems; photonic, electronic, and magnetic devices; and signals, image processing and communications. 


The study of statistics involves the development of methods for collecting, summarizing, analyzing and interpreting data. Department faculty specialize in Bayesian nonparametric methods, Bayesian inference, prediction, and decision-making with applications to bioinformatics, computational biology, machine learning, visualization and the environment.