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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science and Engineering Major

The undergraduate major in Computer Science and Engineering is designed to provide students with both breadth and depth in the exciting and rapidly expanding fields of:

  • Computer science—the study of computation, including algorithms and data structures, and
  • Computer engineering—including hardware, software and network architecture.

A degree in Computer Science and Engineering from UC Merced prepares students to assume leadership roles in designing, building and implementing a vast array of powerful new technologies that will continue to advance humankind. Our curriculum in Computer Science and Engineering at UC Merced builds a solid foundation for innovation in areas ranging from robotics and automation, computer networks, security, graphics and visualization, and computer vision to informatics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Careers in computer science and engineering are among the most satisfying and rewarding of any engineering discipline.

Computer Science and Engineering students work with the top computer scientists and engineers in the world. Our faculty has developed a program of study that combines practical exposure to the most modern technologies available, with a theoretical foundation that empowers students to master future changes and innovation as technologies continue to evolve at an astonishing pace. Our graduates will thus have both tools and insights to propel them into positions of responsibility and leadership across virtually any occupation.

Computer science and engineering constitutes one of the strongest industrial sectors in the state and the nation, offering a broad spectrum of career opportunities. Education at UC Merced provides the opportunity to participate in innovative classroom learning experiences, to become involved in laboratory research, to participate with fellow students in team activities and projects, and to interact directly with our remarkable faculty. From introductory programming courses through architecture design experiences, and research and team project activities, our students gain insights that allow them to excel throughout their chosen career path.

Computer Science and Engineering Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, our graduates demonstrate:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline;
  2. An ability to analyze a problem and identify the computing requirements appropriate for its solution;
  3. an ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs; 
  4. An ability to function effectively as a member of a team in order to accomplish a common goal;
  5. An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities;
  6. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences; 
  7. An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society;
  8. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development;
  9. An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory to the modeling and design of computer based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices;
  10. An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.