By establishing the University of California's first computer science school in 2002, UC Irvine made an investment in the future that reflects its historical commitment to raising the bar of excellence.
From pioneering computer science courses more than three decades ago to the creation of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, UCI continues to be an institute that leads information technology education and research across the globe.
The Bren School began as a department in 1968. More than 35 years later, it was formally recognized as a school — and in June 2004, the School adopted benefactor Donald Bren's name in recognition of his generous contribution and visionary leadership.
As an independent school focused solely on the computer and information sciences, the Bren School has a unique perspective on the information technology disciplines that allows us a broad foundation from which to build educational programs and research initiatives that explore the many applications of the computing discipline — from circuits and systems to software engineering and human aspects of computing.
Building on our strong foundation of computer science fundamentals, the Bren School conducts cutting-edge research in strategic areas ideal for collaborative work.