Mark G. Yudof, President

The University of California (UC) was chartered as the State's only Land Grant College in 1868. Throughout its first decades, the University's development was strongly influenced by leading educators and scholars from various parts of the country. Supported by the State and many generous benefactors, the University was responsive to the needs of California while progressing on a steady climb toward eminence in academic and scientific achievement.

Today the University system includes 10 campuses: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. Among the campuses there are five medical schools, a school of veterinary medicine, and professional schools of business administration, education, engineering, law, oceanography, and many others. The collections of the more than 100 UC libraries are surpassed in size on the American continent only by the Library of Congress collection.

The University is one of the world's largest and most renowned centers of higher education and includes more than 220,000 students. The faculty is internationally noted for its distinguished academic achievements, and a total of 50 faculty and researchers associated with the University have won Nobel Prizes. National Academy of Sciences membership exceeds 350, greater than any other college or university system. One of the University's unique resources is its roster of University Professors. This title is reserved for certain distinguished faculty members who are recognized internationally as scholars and teachers.

The University maintains a variety of research facilities, agricultural field stations, and extension centers in more than 100 locations throughout California. Public services include medical and dental clinics, information services for agricultural and urban populations, and a broad program of continuing education. Information about UC's teaching, research, and public service mission is available online at

Governance. Under the State constitution, governance of the University is entrusted to The Board of Regents. The Regents appoint the President of the University, and with the President's advice, the officers of the University.

Authority in academic matters is delegated by The Regents to the Academic Senate, which consists of faculty and certain administrative officers. The Academic Senate determines academic policy for the University as a whole, sets conditions for admission and the granting of degrees, authorizes and supervises courses and curricula, and advises the University administration on faculty appointments, promotions, and budgets. Additionally, each campus has a divisional Academic Senate.

The President is executive head of the total institution. Each campus has a Chancellor as its chief administrative officer. Students participate in policy-making at both the campus and Universitywide levels.

The names of University Professors, Regents, Officers, and Chancellors are presented in the Appendix.


Michael V. Drake, M.D., Chancellor

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) opened in 1965 with 116 faculty and 1,589 students. Since then, UCI programs, faculty and graduates have achieved distinction in virtually every discipline.

Two Nobel Prizes in 1995 for founding faculty F. Sherwood Rowland in Chemistry and the late Frederick Reines in Physics helped to secure UCI's position among the leading American research universities. In 2004, Irwin A. Rose, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, became UCI's third Nobel Laureate (chemistry). UCI has been ranked prominently along with much older universities for excellence in the arts and humanities, earth system science, management, social sciences, technology, and information systems.

For quality of educational experience and caliber of faculty, UCI consistently ranks among the nation's best public universities, and among the top 50 universities overall. Election to the American Association of Universities (AAU), a group of 62 of the most distinguished research institutions, is another indication of UCI's stature in the academic community.

As a research university, UCI challenges students at every level, both academically and personally. While research is critical to graduate education, the research environment also opens up new educational experiences for undergraduates. Students have access to faculty at the forefront of their fields, and they also have opportunities to participate directly in faculty research projects. In addition, to empower students for the future in an information-focused society, UCI has integrated computer technology throughout the curriculum and campus life.

UCI is committed to the discovery and transmission of knowledge. It makes available to its 27,130 students (21,700 undergraduate, 160 post-baccalaureate, 4,150 graduate, and 1,120 health sciences graduate students, medical students, and residents) the education, skills, and credentials which provide the basis for lifelong personal and professional growth.

UCI's education and research missions are fulfilled in its academic units, which are described briefly below, and in its formal research units, which are described in the Office of Research section later in this Catalogue.

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts teaches the creative as well as the academic and critical dimensions of the arts. It is concerned with the vitality of the arts in society. Faculty energies are directed toward the refinement, enhancement, and encouragement of students' artistic and creative talents and toward the development of the students' understanding of related theory and history. The School offers programs which emphasize extensive studio and workshop experiences, essential theoretical and historical background studies, and exercises in criticism. There are 1,170 students in the School, including 1,030 undergraduate and 140 graduate.

The School of Biological Sciences is one of the campus's larger academic units, with 4,780 students (4,340 undergraduate and 440 graduate). Faculty research areas include neural plasticity and behavior (which in part encompasses the development of the nervous system, memory, response to injury, and degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer's); the nature of cell-cell interactions; pattern formation; the elucidation of ecological conditions and evolutionary histories that have been the driving forces in organism design and functional diversity; the organization and expression of genes; biomolecular structure; molecular pathogenesis; human mitochondrial genetics; and cell biology.

The Paul Merage School of Business faculty research and teach in the fields of accounting, economics, finance, health care management, information systems, marketing, operations and decision technologies, organization management, public policy, real estate and strategy. Based on a the

matic approach throughout the curriculum, the School focuses on three critical drivers of business growth: strategic innovation, information technology, and analytic decision making. The Merage School has 240 students in the M.B.A. and Ph.D. programs; 630 in the Fully Employed M.B.A, Executive M.B.A., and Health Care Executive M.B.A. programs; and 500 in the undergraduate minors in Management and Accounting. In fall 2008, the School expects to enroll 150 students in the new undergraduate B.A. in Business Administration and 40 students in the B.S. in Business Information Management, a joint degree with the Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.

The Department of Education, with 310 students, offers graduate degree programs and credential programs for current and prospective teachers and administrators in California's public elementary and secondary schools, as well as an undergraduate minor in Educational Studies, with 280 students. At the heart of the Department's mission is a commitment to understand and deliver the kinds of educational transformations needed in today's world, a theme implemented in five main areas of research: language, literacy, and culture; learning, instruction, and assessment; teacher education and development; information and communication technologies in education; and educational policy and leadership and their social contexts.

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, with 2,900 students (2,210 undergraduate, 690 graduate), focuses on the analysis and design of physical systems applying modern scientific principles to the development of technology for society. The major research disciplines are aerospace, biochemical, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, materials science, and mechanical engineering. Research areas include biochemical and bioreactor engineering, earthquake engineering, water resources, transportation, parallel and distributed computer systems, intelligent systems and neural networks, image and signal processing, opto-electronic devices and materials, high-frequency devices and systems, integrated micro and nanoscale systems, fuel cell technology, fluid mechanics, combustion and jet propulsion, materials processing, robotics, and modern control theory.

The School of Humanities faculty have been repeatedly honored for their teaching and scholarly excellence. Included in the faculty's more than 100 research specialties are literary criticism, film studies, media studies, philosophical analysis, historical inquiry, art history, and East Asian languages and literatures. The faculty also participate in programs that cut across disciplinary boundaries such as African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Latin American Studies, Religious Studies, and Women's Studies. At the core of the educational mission of the humanities is the goal of imparting to students critical tools of analysis, ways of seeing, knowing, explaining, describing, and understanding, that will allow them to comprehend the world around them. The School has 2,650 students, including 2,200 undergraduate and 450 graduate.

The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) has 1,090 students (800 undergraduate and 290 graduate). Faculty are actively engaged in research and teaching in the design of algorithms and data structures; embedded computer systems; networked and distributed systems; systems software; mobile computing; artificial intelligence; data mining; multimedia; databases and information retrieval; computer graphics and visualization; large-scale data analysis; biomedical informatics and computational biology; urban crisis response; Internet and ubiquitous computing; advanced technology for software and information systems; computer-supported cooperative work and human-computer interaction; digital arts and embodied interaction; managerial and social aspects of computing technology; statistics and statistical theory; and business information management.

Interdisciplinary Studies programs provide students with opportunities to pursue subject areas which derive from the interaction of different disciplines such as Computer Science and Engineering, History and Philosophy of Science, and Transportation Science.

The School of Law, established by the University of California Board of Regents in November 2006, is the first public law school in California in more than 40 years. The first class of students is expected to be enrolled in fall 2009. The School will offer the J.D. (Juris Doctor) and expects in the future to offer the LL.M. (Master of Laws) and S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Joint-degree programs will connect legal education with the wide range of academic and professional opportunities of a major research university. The School will emphasize interdisciplinary studies and is expected to offer dual degrees such as J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.D., and J.D./Ph.D's in many different fields.

The School of Physical Sciences has a student body of 1,610 (1,120 undergraduate and 490 graduate). Researchers in the School are conducting investigations in atmospheric chemistry (including the discovery of the adverse impact of human-made chlorofluorocarbon compounds on the earth's ozone layer), biogeochemistry and climate, synthetic chemistry, laser spectroscopy, condensed matter physics, elementary particle physics, plasma physics, and pure and applied mathematics and mathematical physics.

The School of Social Ecology, a multidisciplinary unit established in 1970, is unique to UCI. The School's central objectives are the application of scientific methods to the analysis and resolution of societal problems, and the development of theory and knowledge pertinent to social, behavioral, environmental, and legal phenomena. Among issues of long-standing interest are crime and justice in society, social influences on human development over the life cycle, urban and community planning, and the effects of the physical environment on health and behavior. There are 2,690 students in the School, including 2,420 undergraduate and 270 graduate.

The School of Social Sciences, with 6,490 students (6,140 undergraduate and 350 graduate), is the largest academic unit at UCI. The faculty, many of whom are nationally recognized, have expertise in a wide range of specific social science topics, for example, the mathematical modeling of perception and cognitive processes; the economic analysis of transportation; the examination of the impact of society's political system on its economy; the study of social structure and values in different cultures through a rigorous scientific methodology; and the exploration of authority structures and inequality in society.

The College of Health Sciences has 410 undergraduate students in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Program in Nursing Science, and the Program in Public Health; and 430 medical students and 640 residents in the School of Medicine. The School of Medicine offers one of the country's largest residency training opportunities in primary care and internal medicine and houses some of the most advanced equipment in medical imaging and laser medicine available in the world. The faculty conduct innovative research in the following areas of emphasis: bioethics, biomolecular structure, oncology, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, geriatric medicine, immunology, molecular and human genetics, the neurosciences, and perinatology.

Academic Goals

UCI offers programs designed to provide students with a foundation on which to continue developing their intellectual, aesthetic, and moral capacities. Programs and curricula are based on the belief that a student's collective University experience should provide understanding and insight which are the basis for an intellectual identity and lifelong learning.

An important aspect of UCI's educational approach is the emphasis placed on student involvement in independent study, research, and the creative process as a complement to classroom study. Independent research in laboratories, field study, participation in writing workshops, and in arts productions are normal elements of the UCI experience. In many departments, special programs and courses which involve students in original research and creative activities are integrated into the curriculum.

UCI provides an atmosphere conducive to creative work and scholarship at all levels, to exploring the accumulated knowledge of humanity, and to developing new knowledge through basic and applied research. Along with these objectives, UCI has a serious commitment to public service. The campus generates research expertise which may be applied to regional and national social issues, and provides humanistic understanding of the problems facing society.

Academic Structure

UCI's instruction and research programs focus on fundamental areas of knowledge, and at the same time provide for interdisciplinary and professional study through the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, School of Biological Sciences, The Paul Merage School of Business, Department of Education, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, School of Humanities, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, School of Law, School of Physical Sciences, School of Social Ecology, School of Social Sciences, and the College of Health Sciences, which includes the School of Medicine.

The Office of Academic Affairs has responsibility for all programs of instruction and research. Along with the Graduate Division and the Division of Undergraduate Education, Academic Affairs reports directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost. Matters of educational policy, including approval of programs, courses, and grades, are the responsibility of the Irvine Division of the Academic Senate.

UCI Student Affairs supports the University's academic mission from outreach to alumni participation. Student Affairs offers comprehensive programs and services to advance co-curricular learning, foster student leadership, enhance the quality of student life, and promote the general welfare of the campus community.

The Division of Undergraduate Education provides leadership in developing policies and programs for the improvement of undergraduate education in such areas as general education, retention, advising, curricular development, undergraduate scholarship and research activities, international education, academic internship, grant proposals, assessment, improvement of instruction, and improvement of instructional space. Undergraduate Education also administers programs and services affecting undergraduate education which require campus-level attention and coordination and which do not come under the direct authority of the heads of academic units or the Irvine Division of the Academic Senate.

The Graduate Division serves as the campuswide advocate for the advancement of graduate education and oversees all master's and doctoral programs, postdoctoral training programs, and the postbaccalaureate teacher credential program. The Graduate Division has a leadership role with UCI's academic units and provides implementation guidelines and procedures related to University policy as it affects the interconnected aspects of graduate student education, including admissions, student financial support, enrollment and registration, academic standards, requirements for graduate degree programs, student services, and diversity programs.


UCI is a member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The campus is fully accredited by the Senior Commission of WASC. This accreditation requires periodic review in accord with WASC policies and standards. Further information is available from WASC, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; telephone (510) 748-9001.

In addition, the undergraduate degree program of the Department of Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society; the credential programs of the Department of Education are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC); the undergraduate majors in Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Materials Science, and Mechanical Engineering offered by the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Civil and Environmental, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are accredited by ABET, Inc.; the M.S. program in Genetic Counseling is accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling; The Paul Merage School of Business is accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; the M.D. program of the UCI School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association; the undergraduate major in Nursing Science is approved by the Board of Registered Nursing; and the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program is accredited by the National Planning Accreditation Board.

Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD) provides consultation services and training programs to the UCI campus and the medical center on the interpretation and application of both UCI policies and Federal and State laws regarding sexual harassment, equal opportunity, and diversity. It also develops and monitors UCI's Affirmative Action Plan for staff and faculty as required by Federal regulations.

OEOD investigates and provides assistance to UCI students, faculty, and staff in resolving complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment. OEOD also offers a variety of staff and faculty career development programs and workshops on diversity, cross-cultural communication, sexual harassment prevention, and conflict resolution in a diverse workplace to promote awareness, create organizational change, and provide support for the University's commitment to diversity.

OEOD is located in 4500 Berkeley Place; telephone (949) 824-5594 (voice), 824-7593 (TDD). See the Catalogue's Appendix for UCI's Nondiscrimination Policy Statements and Sexual Harassment and Consensual Relationships Policies.

Office of the University Ombudsman

The Office of the University Ombudsman receives complaints, concerns, or problems that students, faculty, staff, and visitors may encounter on the UC Irvine campus. The Office is an informal resource. Users of the Office are provided a confidential place to explore options to make informed decisions. When appropriate, the Office will initiate an informal intervention with the goal of facilitating or negotiating a resolution that is acceptable to all parties involved.

The Ombudsman acts as an independent, impartial, and confidential problem solver. If a matter cannot be resolved through the Office, the appropriate referral will be made. The Office of the Ombudsman does not replace or substitute for formal grievance, investigative, or appeals processes made available by the University. The Office does not have the authority to make decisions or decide policy. However, the Office can make recommendations regarding policy review and change when appropriate.

The Office of the Ombudsman also manages the Campus Mediation Program which provides confidential mediation services to the campus community. The Office is located in University Tower, Suite 640; telephone (949) 824-7256; and

The Campus Setting

UCI's location combines the cultural and economic resources of an urban area with access to Southern California's spectrum of recreational, scenic, and entertainment venues.

Fifty miles south of Los Angeles, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, and nestled in 1,489 acres of coastal foothills, UCI lies amid rapidly growing residential communities and the dynamic international business environment of Orange County and the surrounding region.

The famed sailing and surfing beaches of Newport, Laguna, and Huntington are a short bike ride from campus, while hiking trails, desert camping, or mountain resorts for snow boarding and skiing are within two-hour's travel distance from Irvine. The campus itself is a natural arboretum of native species, as well as trees and shrubs from all over the world. Adjacent to the campus, the San Joaquin Marsh serves as a natural classroom or peaceful refuge, with trails for viewing the rich diversity of wildlife.

A full roster of intramural sports and recreation events helps to fill the daily fitness needs of students, along with UCI's Anteater Recreation Center. This 92,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility includes a pool, gymnasiums, racquetball courts, weight room, and jogging track. UCI is also an NCAA Division I campus that competes in men's and women's intercollegiate athletics.

Across Campus Drive, and linked by a pedestrian bridge, an area of shops and restaurants also features a movie theatre complex, post office, and other services. Complementing UCI on-campus sports and cultural events throughout the year is the vigorous Orange County arts and entertainment environment. It offers everything from small venues for bands and performers to galleries, museums, the Irvine Barclay Theatre, Orange County Performing Arts Center, and Pacific Symphony. And within a one- to two-hour drive are the metropolitan attractions of Los Angeles and San Diego.

With plenty of land for growth, UCI is building to accommodate greater numbers of students, as well as to provide the most updated classroom and laboratory space. Current projects include Biological Sciences 3, with planned research, office, and lecture hall space; Humanities Gateway, the fifth building in the School of Humanities; and Social and Behavioral Sciences, serving the Schools of Social Sciences and Social Ecology. On the west campus, the 180-acre University Research Park is attracting private companies such as America Online, Broadcom Corporation, and Cisco Systems, that agree to collaborate with UCI faculty and students on internships, research, and other programs.

Due to the high caliber of UCI faculty and scholarship, the campus is home to national organizations including the National Fuel Cell Research Center and the Western Center of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a major site for the nationwide cancer genetics research network. For its range of services and research, UCI's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is the county's only cancer facility designated "comprehensive" by the National Cancer Institute. UCI is noted in fact for its strengths in cancer and neuroscience research, much of which takes place at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. Located in the City of Orange, 13 miles to the north, the medical center is the primary teaching and research hospital for the UCI School of Medicine.

Bus transportation makes travel convenient between the campus, medical center, and major housing areas, shopping centers, and recreation locales. In addition, the campus and surrounding communities are designed for bicycle traffic with trails connecting UCI with student housing and the coast.


UCI's thirty-first annual open house, one of the campus's oldest and most festive traditions, will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate UCI is a spring event that features an Earth Day celebration, academic information, classic car show, campus tram tours, Wayzgoose Medieval Faire with food booths, demonstrations, rides, games, and much more. General campus offices such as Housing, Admissions and Relations with Schools, and Financial Aid and Scholarships are also open. The event is an excellent opportunity to bring family and friends to see what's new at UCI and join the alumni, staff, faculty, and students to Celebrate UCI! Events and parking are free. For more information, call (949) 824-5182 or visit

University Advancement

University Advancement is responsible for creating awareness, building relationships, and generating support for UCI's teaching, research, and public service missions. This is accomplished through strategic efforts made by University Advancement's "Centers of Excellence," which include marketing, alumni relations, community and government relations, development, and resource planning and administration. These combined efforts provide a bridge between the University and the community, promoting a climate of understanding, access, and support. For additional information, contact University Advancement at (949) 824-8696 or visit

The Office of Marketing supports and promotes the University's comprehensive campaign by significantly increasing the University's visibility and brand recognition on regional, national, and international levels. Through its efforts, the marketing office aims to increase engagement and private support for UC Irvine to help it continue its advancement into the elite ranks of top universities nationwide. For additional information, contact the Marketing Office at (949) 824-6136.

The Office of Alumni Relations and the UCI Alumni Association are committed to enriching the lives of alumni and engaging them in lifelong advancement of the University. UCI's more than 100,000 alumni have had a tremendous impact within the spheres of science, art, literature, politics, business, education, and beyond. Notable alumni include creator of the http protocol, Roy Fielding (Ph.D. '91); Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon (M.F.A. '87); four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Louganis ('83); and educator Erin Gruwell ('91) who founded the Freedom Writers Foundation. Many alumni give their time and resources to their alma mater by providing financial contributions, returning to campus as speakers, and volunteering to serve on various boards and committees. For additional information, contact the UCI Alumni Association at (949) 824-ALUM.

The Office of Community and Government Relations is responsible for enhancing public understanding and support of UCI and the University of California. The program works to ensure that the University's mission and legislative and budgetary objectives are given due consideration by elected officials and the general public. Community and Government Relations provides leadership for building effective and enduring relationships with community leaders, public policy makers, and other members of the public to increase the visibility and prominence of UCI's research, teaching, and service mission. For additional information, contact Community and Government Relations at (949) 824-0061.

In an era of decreasing State support to the University of California, the importance of private support is greater than ever. The Office of Development, in conjunction with the University of California, Irvine Foundation, raises private funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations for the University. UCI's development program works hand-in-hand with UCI schools and programs to secure major gifts to support faculty priorities; to assist donors through gift planning who wish to include UCI in their wills or estate plans; and to secure a large number of

annual gifts through the Chancellor's Club and Annual Fund. In addition, numerous support groups offer affiliation with academic units, athletics, and student programs. For additional information, contact the Office of Development at (949) 824-1113.

The Resource Planning and Administration office is the operations management arm of the University Advancement division. In addition to being responsible for a number of internal functions, this office oversees the advancement services functions of prospect research, prospect management, gift administration, stewardship, development communications, and special event programs which provide operational support to all University Advancement program areas. This office is also responsible for the financial management of the Foundation's assets. For additional information, contact the Resource Planning and Administration office at (949) 824-8212.

University Communications

The Office of University Communications leads efforts to promote UCI's mission, priorities, and values; raise awareness of its achievements, accomplishments, and cultural events; and increase the involvement and support of its internal and external communities through regular communications to target audiences. Through partnerships with campus units designed to maximize University resources, University Communications spearheads an integrated strategic communications effort involving media relations, institutional communications, Web services, and broadcast services/studio, as well as UC Irvine Health Affairs marketing and communications. For general information, call (949) 824-6922.

Media Relations

Media Relations identifies high-impact news stories on UC Irvine research, education, personalities, and events, and places them in regional, national, and global media. Through tipsheets, media advisories, and an online database, media relations staff connects reporters with UCI experts in areas of current news interest to enhance UCI's visibility. Media relations staff also provides editorial and writing assistance to the University, and represents University administration and faculty as spokespersons. For information, call (949) 824-1151.

Institutional Communications

Institutional Communications manages a comprehensive publications program, using both electronic and print media to inform internal and external constituencies of UCI's research and teaching programs; accomplished faculty, staff, students, and alumni; and beneficial role in the community. These efforts include the UCI home page (, Today@UCI (, the Chancellor's Web site (, Zot!Wire, UCi brief, and UCi magazine. For information, call (949) 824-6490.

Web Services

Web Services designs, develops, selects, and supports technologies for Web sites and other electronic communications activities that promote University programs and services. Web Services builds and supports campus Web sites, applications, and back-end technologies in support of University priorities and collaborates with campus units to facilitate projects with broad campus impact. For information, call (949) 824-2751.

Broadcast Services

Broadcast Services creates video features that highlight significant campus news and events. Video production, direction, taping, and editing services are provided on a recharge basis, along with DVD authoring and duplication. Live feeds for newscasts are facilitated from campus, while media training and on-camera coaching also are available at competitive rates. For information, call (949) 824-0343.

UC Irvine Health Affairs Marketing and Communications

UC Irvine Health Affairs Marketing and Communications manages all marketing and communications activities for health affairs at UCI, including marketing strategy, advertising campaigns, publications, Web sites, internal communications, and a speakers bureau. The office also provides advisory and consultative services to health affairs schools, departments, centers, and programs related to the creation and production of newsletters, announcements, brochures, Continuing Medical Education materials, patient education booklets, and other materials. For information, call (714) 456-3711.