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, and 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.