Network and Digital Technology

Students and faculty meet with Cisco Systems representatives on campus. Photo by Jim MacKenzie.


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.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A.

Study and Research Opportunities

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.

Information for First-Year Students (Freshmen)

Please see the current UC Santa Cruz General Catalog for a full description of the BSOE 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. 

Information for Transfers

Transfer Applicants: Admission into the major is based on the student’s academic college record.  Transfer students seeking to major in network and digital technology must complete the following foundation courses prior to transfer:

  • Mathematics 19A-B, Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (two quarters)
  • Applied Mathematics and Statistics 10, Mathematical Methods for Engineers I
  • Applied Mathematics and Statistics 20, Mathematical Methods for Engineers II
  • Physics 5A/L or 6A/L, Introduction to Physics, and Physics 5C/M or 6/C, Electricity and Magnetism
  • One transferable programming course.

Students must complete a minimum of five courses required for the major prior to transfer. Visit for a complete list.


  • Assistive technologies
  • Communications design
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Multimedia
  • Network administration and security
  • Remote sensing
  • Robotics and autonomous systems

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


BSOE students may wish to develop their cross-cultural competency, typically via the Education Abroad Program (EAP). Interested students must work very closely with the faculty and academic advisers in their major very early during the freshman or sophomore year to create a plan for transferability of coursework towards graduation. For more EAP information, visit

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