CSE Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in computer science and engineering requires a minimum of 128 s.h. of coursework. The major provides technical depth and breadth along with the flexibility for students to customize their programs according to their own goals and interests. Students choose one of several elective focus areas according to the type of job or research they plan to pursue. Many EFAs are available, such as bioinformatics, business, medical imaging, embedded systems, and software engineering; for a complete list, see ECE Elective Focus Areas. Students may also work with their academic advisor to create a customized EFA plan tailored to their goals and interests. 

CSE students complete B.S.E. core requirements, including:  RHET:1030 Rhetoric; ENGR:1300 Introduction to Engineering Computing; and courses in chemistry, engineering mathematics and fundamentals, and physics.  CS:1210 Computer Science I: Fundamentals, is taken in lieu of ENGR:1100 Introduction to Engineering Problem Solving.  However, students who complete ENGR:1100 before entering the CSE program may use this this course for elective credit.  Students must earn a grade of C-minus or higher in the core requirements MATH:1550 Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus and MATH:1560 Engineering Mathematics II: Multivariable Calculus.

Students also complete the curriculum designed for their major program, which covers four major stems: mathematics and basic sciences, engineering topics, an elective focus area, and the general education component. For information about the curriculum stems, see Bachelor of Science in Engineering in the Catalog.

Computer Science and Engineering students complete the curriculum listed under Academic Plans. During their second year, they select an elective focus area (EFA) in consultation with their academic advisor.  Students typically begin EFA courses in their third year.

Note: students majoring in Computer Science and Engineering may not earn a second major in either Informatics or Computer Science nor minor in either of these disciplines, but may obtain the Large Data Analysis Certificate.

Course Work

CSE students must complete 7 core courses; 9 math, science and communication courses; 13 required Computer Science and Engineering program courses; one constrained program elective course; 5 approved elective focus area (EFA) courses; 5 general education courses (GEC); and a two-semester capstone design sequence.

The Computer Science and Engineering major requires the following courses:

Core Computing Courses

Course Code Title Hours
ENGR:1300 Introduction to Engineering Computing 3
CS:1210 Computer Science I 4
ENGR:2730 Computers in Engineering 3

Core Engineering Courses

Course Code Title Hours
ENGR:1000 Engineering Success for First-Year Students 1
ENGR:2110 Engineering Fundamentals I: Statics 2
ENGR:2120 Engineering Fundamentals II: Electrical Circuits 3
ENGR:2130 Engineering Fundamentals III: Thermodynamics 3

Math, Science and Communication Courses

Course Code Title Hours
RHET:1030 Rhetoric 4
CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry I 4
PHYS:1611 Introductory Physics I 4
PHYS:1612 Introductory Physics II (with laboratory) 4
MATH:1550 Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus 4
MATH:1560 Engineering Mathematics II: Multivariable Calculus 4
MATH:2550 Engineering Mathematics III: Matrix Algebra 2
MATH:2560 Engineering Mathematics IV: Differential Equations 3
STAT:2020 Probability and Statistics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences 3

Required Program Courses

Course Code Title Hours
ECE:2400 Linear Systems I 3
ECE:2410 Principles of Electronic Instrumentation 3
ECE:3000 Professional Seminar: Electrical Engineering 1
ECE:3320 Introduction to Digital Design 3
ECE:3330 Introduction to Software Design 3
ECE:3350 Computer Architecture and Organization 3
ECE:3360 Embedded Systems and Systems Software 3
ECE:3540 Communications Networks1, 2 3
CS:2210 Discrete Structures 3
CS:2230 Computer Science II: Data Structures 4
CS:3330 Algorithms 3
CS:3820 Programming Language Concepts 3
CS:3620 Operating Systems1 3

1 Students graduating before Fall 2017 only need to take one course from ECE:3540, CS:3620 or CS:3640.

2 If taken prior to Fall 2017, CS:3640 may be substituted for ECE:3540

Constrained Program Elective

Students must take one theory elective from the following options:

CS:4330 Theory of Computation or

CS:4350 Logic in Computer Science.

Elective Focus Area

Students select an Elective Focus Area (EFA) to personalize their curriculum and to help them prepare for the type of job or research they plan to pursue. Many EFAs are available, such as bioinformatics, business, medical imaging, embedded systems, and software engineering; for a complete list, see ECE Elective Focus Areas. Students may also work with their academic advisor to create a customized EFA plan tailored to their goals and interests.

Students complete five elective focus area courses (15 s.h.), which they choose according to guidelines established by the department.

Students who choose their EFA and GEC courses carefully may be able to earn the Certificate in Sustainability, the Certificate in Technological Entrepreneurship, or one of several undergraduate minors offered by the University by taking minimal additional coursework beyond that required for the CSE major.

Click here for a list of approved CS EFA Courses.

General Education Courses

Student are required to take at least 15 semester hours of General Education Component (GEC) course credit, see the General Education Component on the College of Engineering website. The requirements are the following:

  1. Engineering Be Creative: Complete 3 s.h.
    A full list of approved courses can be found on the Engineering Be Creative Course List.
  2. CLAS General Education Course:  Complete 3 s.h.
    Students must complete 3 s.h. of coursework from one of the approved CLAS GEC categories (listed below).
    • Interpretation of Literature 
    • World Languages 
    • Historical Perspectives 
    • International and Global Issues 
    • Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts 
    • Values, Society, and Diversity 
    • Social Science
  3. Complete 9 s.h. of Approved Course Subjects.

Capstone Design Courses

In their senior year, students complete a two-semester capstone design sequence culminating in the development and implementation of a significant, original project. The capstone design experience emphasizes teamwork, professionalism, open-ended problem solving, and the ability to work within real-world constraints and engineering standards.

Course Code Title Hours
ECE:4880 Principles of ECE Design* 3
ECE:4890 Senior ECE Design** 3

* Prerequisites: Senior standing, ENGR:2730 and ENGR:2410

** Prerequisites: ECE:4880 and three of the following courses: CS:2210, ECE:3330, ECE:3350, ECE:3360, CS:3330, or ECE:3540.

 

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering Double Major

Students may earn a double major in computer science and engineering (CSE) and electrical engineering (EE). They must satisfy all requirements of the electrical track of the EE major and all requirements of the CSE major. The double major may be achieved with as few as five courses.

The following list shows the required courses that are not in common between the EE and CSE majors. In addition to the courses below, students must take one computer science elective, one ECE 5000-level course, and an additional 5000-level course that is cross-listed in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science. For more information, contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Students may earn a double major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering.  Students must satisfy all requirements of the EE track of the EE major and all requirements of the CSE major.  A double major in EE and CSE may be achieved with as few as six courses.  The following list shows the required courses that are not common between the EE and CSE majors.  In addition, it shows how each course may be used to satisfy an elective of the other major.  In addition to the courses below, students will need to take one elective in Computer Science, one 5000-level course in ECE, and one additional 5000-level course that is cross-listed in ECE and Computer Science.

Course Number Course Name Course Prerequisite
CSE: 1210 Computer Science I: Fundamentals (required for CSE, EE substitute for EPS I)
ECE:3330 Introduction to Software Design: (required for CSE, EE EFA)
ECE:3350 Computer Architecture and Organization (required for CSE, EE EFA)
ECE:3360 Embedded Systems (required for CSE, EE EFA)
CS:2210 Discrete Structures (required for CSE, EE EFA)
CS:2230 Computer Science II: Data Structures (required for CSE)
CS:3330 Algorithms (required for CSE)
CS:3820 Programming Language Concepts (required for CSE)
ECE:3540 Communication Networks (required for CSE, EE breadth elective)
CS:3620 Operating Systems (required for CSE)
  CS Elective (required for CSE)
CS:4330 or CS:4350 Theory of Computation or Logic in Computer Science (required for CSE)
  EE depth elective (required for EE)
ECE:3400 Linear Systems II (required for EE, CSE ECE elective)               
ECE:3410 Electronic Circuits (required for EE, CSE EFA)              
ECE:3500 Communication Systems (required for EE)              
ECE:3600 Control Systems (required for EE)               
ECE:3720 Semiconductor Devices (required for EE)               
ECE:3700 Electromagnetic Theory (required for EE)                
MATH:3550 Engineering Mathematics V: Vector Calculus (required for EE)