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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.

Graduate Advisers. YueYue Fan and Alissa Kendall


Core Courses. Students in each track are required to take courses in a common set of core competencies, as well as (for Ph.D. students) some courses in the other track.

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).

Planning and Policy Courses. Approved courses in this area include the following; additional courses may be added upon approval by the Chairperson:

Agricultural and Resource Economics, 100B, 130, 136, 144, 175, 176, 204, 275, 276

Anthropology 104N, 127, 211, 222

Civil and Environmental Engineering, 165, 244A, 252, 258, 268, 269

Civil and Environmental Engineering/Environmental Science and Policy 163, 289A

Communication 170

Community and Regional Development 162, 171, 240, 245

Ecology 213

Economics 101, 200D

Education 222

Engineering 250

Environmental Horticulture 110

Environmental Science and Policy 163, 167, 168A, 171, 179 212A

Geography 155

History 172

Landscape Architecture 180G, 180L, 180M, 181M, 201, 205, 220

Management 240, 251, 293

Political Science 175, 187, 208, 279

Psychology 155

Sociology 141, 143A, 143B, 160

Transportation Technology and Policy 200, 210, 220, 281, 282, 289A

Technology Courses. Approved courses in this area include the following; additional courses may be added upon approval by the Chairperson:

Applied Biological Systems Technology 180, 181N, 182

Atmospheric Science 116, 270

Applied Science Engineering 116, 220A, 220B

Biological Systems Engineering 216

Civil and Environmental Engineering 143, 149, 161, 162, 179, 242, 244, 250, 253, 256, 257, 269, 282

Computer Science Engineering 168

Environmental and Resource Sciences 131, 186

Electrical and Computer Engineering 207

Geography, 200CN

Landscape Architecture 150

Mechanical Engineering 134, 161, 163, 188, 216, 217, 218, 226, 234, 236, 258, 269

Other Courses. Approved courses in this area include the following; additional courses may be added upon approval by the Chairperson:

Agricultural and Resource Economics 106, 155, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256

Anthropology 138

Biological Systems Engineering 265

Civil and Environmental Engineering 153, 249, 254

Community and Regional Development 151, 151L

Economics 140, 240A, 240B, 240C, 256

Engineering, Applied Science 115

Engineering, Biological Sciences 265

Environmental Science and Policy 278

Graduate School of Management 249

Mathematics 108, 227, 258A, 258B

Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering 207

Nutrition 492A

Plant Sciences 205, 206

Psychology 204A, 204B, 204C, 204D, 205A, 205B, 205C

Sociology 298

Statistics 106, 108, 130, 131A, 131B, 131C, 135, 137, 138, 140, 142, 144, 205, 222, 223

Transportation Technology and Policy 200

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