Special Programs

Double Majors and College of Letters and Science Minors

Completing a minor or double major offers students a cohesive supplement to their original major, reflecting well-rounded interests and courses of study. Students may double major in a College of Engineering major and either a Letters and Science or Creative Studies major. Students may NOT double major in two Engineering majors. Students who entered UCSB as freshmen must complete their degrees within a total of 15 regular quarters. Transfer students must complete their degrees within a total of 9 regular quarters. No exception will be made to this rule.

Students may minor in any subject listed in the College of Letters & Science minor subjects. Currently there are no departments, including Computer Science, in the College of Engineering that offer a minor. For more information see the Letters and Science page.

Study Abroad

The Education Abroad Program (EAP) offers a variety of choices for students to gain international education experiences while completing a Bachelor's program. An international experience can prepare students to better adjust to the global economy and, in particular, the global IT industry. EAP provides a rare and high quality combination of an education experience of UC quality with an international experience. For more information on the available programs, see the EAP program. For more information on the timelines for engineering students interested in studying abroad, see the College of Engineering's information here. 

Five Year B.S. / M.S. in Computer Science

A combined BS/MS Program in Computer Science provides an opportunity for outstanding undergraduates to earn both degrees in five years. Additional information about this program is available from the Computer Science graduate or undergraduate advisor. Interested students should make their interest known to the department early in their junior year. The application materials are available in the Department of Computer Science office. The application deadline for this year (to start the 5 year program in Fall 17) is May 15, 2017.

Five-Year B.S. / B.A. in Creative Studies and M.S. in Computer Science

The computer science program in the College of Creative Studies bridges the gap between traditional computer science curricula and the lively, rapidly changing universe of computing at large. The College of Creative Studies, in conjunction with the Computer Science Department offers a five year BS/MS program for qualified students. Please obtain details about the program from the College of Creative Studies.

Five-Year B.S. in Computer Engineering / M.S. in Computer Science

The Computer Engineering Program incorporates the design of computer hardware and software to meet the needs for various career applications. Students are trained to work with systems ranging from small integrated circuits to worldwide communications networks, from digital watches to supercomputers, and from single-line programs to operating systems. For more information about the Computer Engineering program visit the  Computer Engineering website, and for BS/MS requirements contact the Computer Science Graduate Advisor.