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Reshaping FAQ for Students

Effective July 1, 2018, the Baskin School of Engineering has adopted a new set of academic departments. While this reshaping largely affect how the faculty are grouped within the school, you may have questions about how you might be affected. We encourage you to let us know if you have any questions regarding the BSOE reshaping that are not answered below.

What is the new set of academic departments in the Baskin School of Engineering?

  • Applied Mathematics (AM)

  • Biomolecular Engineering (BME)

  • Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)

  • Computational Media (CM)

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

  • Statistics (STAT)

Have the degree programs in BSOE changed?

No academic programs have been affected, with the exception of the Technology and Information Management graduate programs. The reshaping plan calls for an end to new enrollments in the TIM graduate programs (PhD and MS) after Fall 2018; it will not affect the TIM undergraduate degree programs. In the midterm, there will likely be some curriculum changes and possible program consolidations.  If this does indeed occur, required courses will remain available and, in the event of any consolidation of programs, students will be allowed to graduate under their original program. For students already enrolled in a degree program, the choice of graduating under the old structure and rules or under the new ones is solely at their discretion (i.e., students have “catalog rights”).

Have the courses in my program changed?

Students currently enrolled, as well as incoming students, will have access to all courses required by their programs and to appropriate electives.  That is, in terms of course availability, the reshaping process should be invisible to you.

Will course numbers and course codes be changing?

As of the Fall 2018 quarter, course numbers and course codes will remain unchanged.  Moving forward, some changes in course numbers and codes will be made to reflect the new department structure.  Students will be notified of these changes prior to registration for the term in which any such changes take effect.

Will reshaping entail any changes in terms of labs, equipment, and facilities?

We do not expect any major changes in office space or physical facilities for the next year.  After that, faculty and students will be notified of any changes well in advance.

I am a PhD student. How will reshaping affect my funding (TAship, etc.)?

Funding commitments will be maintained, and you should not be concerned about your ability to secure TAships.  Students at BSOE have a long history of teaching across departments, and the key principle is that you can TA a course as long as you have the appropriate background to serve in that position, even if the course and your program are housed in different departments.

Will reshaping change how I engage with faculty and advising staff?

No changes have been made to the undergraduate and graduate advising teams, nor to the services they provide. You will still have access to their faculty advisors, regardless of their departmental affiliation.  

Will Research Centers be affected by reshaping?

No changes have been made to our research centers. While faculty members who participate in research centers may have new departmental affiliations, their role in research centers will not change as a consequence of reshaping.

How can I get more information?

If you have any additional questions, or would like to suggest additional information to be included on this FAQ sheet, please communicate via email to