The College of Engineering offers rigorous majors for students to major in. Expect a course load of about 180 units for any engineering major (compared to half, or even less than half, required for some liberal arts majors). Hence, some people would consider any student pursuing an engineering major to be destined for at least 4 years of hard work with little to no social life outside of geeky classmates. Of course, if they're willing to dedicate 4+ years of their lives to it, it can't be all that bad. Besides, the result of attaining an engineering degree can often lead to a nice, high paying job.

UC Davis has twelve ABET accredited engineering programs, more than any other UC campus. A bachelor engineering degree from an ABET accredited program is necessary to sit for the EIT exam in the state of California, a prerequisite for a professional engineering license. Some programs aren't ABET accredited just yet, but that's probably being worked on.

The official website is located at Interesting Fact: The CoE became independent from Berkeley in 1962.

Changing Majors

UC Davis' College of Engineering is well known for its openness towards students who wish to pursue engineering. Unlike other UC campuses, which have strict rules in place to prevent students from changing majors, Davis guarantees students a spot in engineering. However, this guarantee is contingent on the completion of several prerequisite courses and a minimum GPA. The official requirements are posted at Once you meet those requirements, it's a simple matter of filling out your Change of Major form, turning it into 1050 Kemper Hall and waiting for the official confirmation from the Dean of Engineering (usually takes around 2-3 days).

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Notable alumni

Notable alumni of the College of Engineering include: Adam Steltzner NASA JPL Lead Engineer; Diane Bryant, Senior Vice President at Intel, General Manager, Datacenter and Connected Systems Group; Mike Child, Senior Adviser of TA Associates, for whom the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is named; Alfred Chuang, former CEO and president of BEA Systems, founder and current CEO of Magnet Systems; David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from 2009 to 2013; Steve Robinson, NASA astronaut.

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