Area of Focus
  • Engineering & Technology
Degrees Offered
  • B.A.
Academic Division
  • Jack Baskin School of Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering

Program overview

Graduates of the network and digital technology B.A. program will be prepared to contribute to engineering design teams, work with technology development, or join the computer network workforce. The major is designed for students looking to combine technology with other fields as a double major, or concentrate on digital design or computer networks in preparation for professional employment.

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Learning Experience

The UCSC B.A. in network and digital technology provides students with in-depth knowledge of the underlying structure and function of network and computer technology and the design processes that make those technologies function. The program is tailored to students wishing to combine technology with other fields or have a general focus on digital design or computer networks. The B.A. in network and digital technology will prepare graduates to work with technology development in other capacities, or to join the computer network workforce. Students interested in graduate study should pursue a B.S. program.

First-Year (Freshman) Requirements

Please see the current UC Santa Cruz General Catalog for a full description of the Jack Baskin School of Engineering admissions policy.

Freshman Applicants: Once at UCSC, students will be accepted into the major based on grade-point average in selected lower-division mathematics, physics, and programming courses required for the major.

High School Preparation

It is recommended that high school students applying to the BSOE have completed four years of mathematics and three years of science in high school, if possible one year each of chemistry, physics, and biology. Comparable college mathematics and science courses completed at other institutions may be accepted in place of high school preparation.

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Transfer Requirements

This is a screening major.

  • By the end of the fall term in which you are applying, you must have completed at least four (4) of the lower-division course requirements below.
  • By the end of your last spring term in community college, you must complete an additional two (2) lower-division course requirements below.
  • The cumulative GPA should be at least 2.3 in all of the courses attempted from the list below:
  • CSE 12
  • ECE 13 or CSE 13S
  • CSE 16
  • CSE 30
  • MATH 19A
  • MATH 19B
  • MATH 23A or AM 30
  • MATH 21 or AM 10
  • MATH 24 or AM 20
  • PHYS 5A/L or PHYS 6A/L
  • PHYS 5C/N or PHYS 6C/N
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Internships and Career Opportunities

  • System administrator
  • Information systems management
  • Information systems project management
  • Information technology sales/marketing
  • Information technology technical support
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Tech advocacy
  • Test Engineer

These are only samples of the field’s many possibilities.

Many students find internships and fieldwork to be a valuable part of their academic experience. They work closely with faculty and career advisers in the UC Santa Cruz Career Center to identify existing opportunities and often to create their own internships with local companies or in nearby Silicon Valley. For more information about internships, visit

The Wall Street Journal recently ranked UCSC as the number two public university in the nation for
high-paying jobs in engineering.



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