Guidelines for Students

Designated Emphasis in Computational and Science and Engineering

List of DE-CSE faculty members:

The Basic CSE Philosophy

The core thesis of the DE-CSE program is that students need training in numerical analysis, scientific computation, and an application area. The DE-CSE approach is as follows:

  1. It operates under the assumption that there is a large, diverse, set of students who are interested in CSE, but that it may not be their primary core area of study.
  2. It targets students who may be interested in large-scale data analysis, not just simulation.

The DE-CSE is designed for all these students and is open only to students who are already enrolled in a Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley. Essentially, Berkeley’s DE-CSE program is meant to build on the student’s graduate expertise in a particular field and augment it with a focused addition on computational science.

The basic requirements of the DE-CSE are as follows:

  • Students must have training in the following three CSE components (all three courses must be taken for a grade):
    • 1 graduate course in applied math/numerical analysis or statistics/data analysis (Category 1)
    • 1 graduate course in high performance computing (Category 2)
    • 1 graduate course in an application area that utilizes the above tools in a significant way (Category 3)
  • Students must have a DE-CSE component in their qualifying exam, with a DE-CSE faculty member on the exam committee.
  • Students must petition to add the DE-CSE before taking their qualifying exam.
  • At least one member of the DE-CSE faculty be on the dissertation committee.

Applicants for the DE-CSE program are required to submit an online application: With this form, the student must specify their proposed area of CSE study and list which 3 courses (see below) they will take to fulfill the requirements. They also will upload a completed and signed Graduate Petition for change of Major or Degree Goal; a recommendation Letter from their advisor; transcripts; a CV; and a one-page statement about why they are applying to the program.