Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Transportation Technology and Policy offers the M.S. (Plan I—thesis; and Plan II—exam), and Ph.D. degrees in two areas of specialization: Transportation Technology; and Transportation Planning and Policy. The technology track is for students trained in engineering and the physical sciences and interested in systems-level planning, analysis, management and design of advanced technologies (emphasizing vehicle propulsion and “intelligent transportation system” technologies) focusing on energy and environmental issues. The planning and policy track is aimed at students from a wider range of disciplines interested in the broader public policy issues concerning transportation systems. The curriculum for both tracks includes courses in civil, mechanical, and environmental engineering, economics, policy sciences, statistics, travel behavior, management, technology assessment and environmental studies.
Preparation. Applicants will normally be expected to have completed two courses in calculus, one course in linear algebra, and one course each in calculus level statistics and microeconomics. Additionally, students entering the technology track will need either to have an appropriate technical background or make up a relatively large number of prerequisite courses in order to be able to take the approved courses in that track.
Program of Study. Students will have the option of following either a technology or policy/management track. M.S. students complete 6 core courses plus electives. Ph.D. students take 7 courses from the same core, 3 additional courses from their chosen track, one more in the alternate track, plus electives. Master's degrees require a minimum of 36 quarter units and doctoral degrees require a minimum of 54 units. M.S. Plan I students may replace up to 6 units of regular course work with research (course 299) units. At least two thirds of all credits must be at the graduate level.
Knowledge areas core courses: M.S. and Ph.D. students take Transportation Technology (TTP 210), Transportation Policy (ECI 252 or TTP 220), and Transportation Systems (ECI 251).
Skill areas core courses: M.S. and Ph.D. students take one in the area of Research Design from the following: Transportation Survey Methods (TTP 200), Research Methods in Environmental Policy (ESP 278), Survey and Questionnaire Research Methods (PSY 207), Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments (EBS 265), Experimental Design and Analysis (PLS 205), Engineering Experimentation and Uncertainty Analysis (MAE 207), or Statistical Methods for Research (STA 205);
M.S. students take one and Ph.D. students take two in the area of Transportation Models and Quantitative Methods from the following: Applied Linear Programing (ARE 252), Optimization Techniques with Economic Applications (ARE 253), Dynamic Optimization Techniques with Economic Applications (ARE 254), Applied Econometrics (ARE 256), Probabilistic Design and Optimization (ECI 249), Dynamic Programming and Multistage Decision Processes (ECI 253), Discrete Choice Analysis of Travel Demand (ECI 254), Urban Traffic Management and Control (ECI 256), Transportation-Air Quality: Theory and Practice (ECI 269), Quantitative Geography (GEO 200CN), Numerical Optimization (MAT 258A), Variational Analysis (MAT 258B), Applied Statistical Methods: Regression Analysis (STA 108), Applied Statistical Methods: Analysis of Variance (STA 106), Analysis of Categorical Data (STA 138), Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments (EBS 265), Multivariate Systems and Modeling (PLS 206), or Psychological Data (PSC 204A, B, C, or D);
Integration and Breadth core courses: M.S. and Ph.D. students take ITS Seminars (TTP 281), Transportation Orientation Seminar (TTP 282), and Research (TTP 299).
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