Undergraduate Major in Computer Science and Engineering
Overview
The undergraduate program in Computer Science and Engineering is administered by faculty from two academic units: the Department of Computer Science (CS) in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Successful completion of the program leads to a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering.
Program Educational Objectives: Graduates of the program will: (1) establish a productive Computer Science and Engineering career in industry, government, or academia; (2) engage in professional practice of computer systems engineering and software systems engineering; (3) promote the development of innovative systems and solutions using hardware and software integration; (4) promote design, research, and implementation of products and services in the field of Computer Science and Engineering through strong communication, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills.
(Program educational objectives are those aspects of computer science and engineering that help shape the curriculum; achievement of these objectives is a shared responsibility between the student and UCI.)
This program is designed to provide students with the fundamentals of computer science, both hardware and software, and the application of engineering concepts, techniques, and methods to both computer systems engineering and software system design. The program gives students access to multidisciplinary problems in engineering with a focus on total systems engineering. Students learn the computer science principles that are critical to development of software, hardware, and networking of computer systems. From that background, engineering concepts and methods are added to give students exposure to circuit design, network design, and digital signal processing. Elements of engineering practice include systems view, manufacturing and economic issues, and multidisciplinary engineering applications.
Career Paths. Most likely careers will involve building the computerbased infrastructure—computers, networks, embedded devices, as well as operating systems, compilers, and networking software. The focus is on cooperation between hardware and software to yield the highest performance. Examples of such problem areas would be in traffic management, flight control, earthquake monitoring, automotive control, and smart homes.
Admissions
High School Students: Students must have completed four years of mathematics through precalculus or math analysis and are advised to have completed one year each of chemistry and physics. One semester of programming coursework is also advised. That preparation, along with honors courses and advanced placement courses, is fundamental to success in the program.
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering recommends that freshmen applicants in Engineering majors take the SAT Subject Test, Math Level 2.
Transfer Students. Students are encouraged to complete as many of the lowerdivision degree requirements as possible prior to transfer, including one year of approved calculus; one year of calculusbased physics with laboratories (mechanics, electricity and magnetism); one year of transferable computer science courses^{1} involving concepts such as those found in Java, Python, C++, or other objectoriented, highlevel programming language, and one additional approved transferable course for the major (an approved math, science, or CSE course).
^{1}  Additional computer science courses beyond the two required are strongly recommended, particularly those that align with the major of interest. Java and C++ are used in the curriculum; therefore, transfer students should plan to learn these languages by studying on their own or by completing related programming courses prior to their first quarter at UCI. 
Students who enroll at UCI in need of completing lowerdivision coursework may find that it will take longer than two years to complete their degrees. For further information, contact the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at 9498245156 or The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at 9498244334.
Change of Major
Students interested in changing their major to Computer Science and Engineering should contact the Student Affairs Office in the Bren School of ICS or The Henry Samueli School of Engineering for information about changeofmajor requirements. Information is also available at UCI Change of Major Criteria website.
Requirements for the B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering
All students must meet the University Requirements.
Major Requirements
Mathematics and Basic Science Courses  
Mathematics Courses: Students must complete a minimum of 32 units of mathematics including:  
Boolean Logic and Discrete Structures  
Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science  
SingleVariable Calculus and SingleVariable Calculus 

Multivariable Calculus  
Introduction to Linear Algebra  
Elementary Differential Equations  
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Computer Science  
Basic Science Courses: Students must complete a minimum of 18 units of basic science courses including:  
Classical Physics and Classical Physics Laboratory 

Classical Physics and Classical Physics Laboratory 

Students select, with the approval of a faculty advisor, two additional basic science courses needed to satisfy school and department requirements from two courses in General Education II, except those offered by Computer Science and Engineering, Economics, Engineering, Information and Computer Sciences, or Math.


Engineering and Computing Topics Courses  
Students must complete a minimum of 72 units of engineering topics, 24 units of engineering design, and 63 units of computing topics. All courses below qualify as engineering topics; those marked with an asterisk (*) qualify as computing topics also. The following courses must be completed:  
A. Select one of the folowing course groups:  
Introduction to Programming and Programming with Software Libraries and Intermediate Programming 

or


Python Programming and Libraries (Accelerated) and Intermediate Programming 

B. Complete:  
COMPSCI 132/EECS 148  Computer Networks ^{*} 
COMPSCI 143A  Principles of Operating Systems ^{*} 
or EECS 111  System Software 
EECS 31  Introduction to Digital Systems ^{*} 
EECS 31L  Introduction to Digital Logic Laboratory ^{*} 
I&C SCI 45C  Programming in C/C++ as a Second Language ^{*} 
I&C SCI 46  Data Structure Implementation and Analysis ^{*} 
EECS 50  DiscreteTime Signals and Systems 
EECS 70A  Network Analysis I 
CSE 90  Systems Engineering and Technical Communications 
CSE 112  Electronic Devices and Circuits 
EECS 112  Organization of Digital Computers ^{*} 
EECS 112L  Organization of Digital Computers Laboratory ^{*} 
EECS 152A  Digital Signal Processing 
EECS 152B  Digital Signal Processing Design and Laboratory 
COMPSCI 141  Concepts in Programming Languages I ^{*} 
COMPSCI 142A  Compilers and Interpreters ^{*} 
COMPSCI 145  Embedded Software 
COMPSCI 145L  Embedded Software Laboratory 
COMPSCI 161  Design and Analysis of Algorithms ^{*} 
EECS 159A 159B  Senior Design Project I and Senior Design Project II 
ENGR 190W  Communications in the Professional World 
IN4MATX 43  Introduction to Software Engineering ^{*} 
Students select, with the approval of a faculty advisor, any additional engineering and computer topics courses needed to satisfy school and department requirements.  
Technical Elective Courses:  
Students must complete a minimum of two courses (with 3 or more units each) of technical electives. A technical elective may be any upperdivision course from the Departments of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, or Informatics, not otherwise used for the CSE degree, chosen from the following ranges:  
Computer Science: 100–189, except COMPSCI 121


Electrical Engineering and Computing Science: 100–189


Informatics: 100–139

(The nominal Computer Science and Engineering program will require 188 units of courses to satisfy all university and major requirements. Because each student comes to UCI with a different level of preparation, the actual number of units will vary).
NOTE: Students majoring in Computer Science and Engineering may not complete the major in Computer Engineering, the major in Computer Science, the major or minor in Information and Computer Science, or the minor in Informatics.
Sample Program of Study — Computer Science and Engineering
Freshman  

Fall  Winter  Spring 
MATH 2A  MATH 2B  MATH 2D 
I&C SCI 31  I&C SCI 32  I&C SCI 33 
General Education  PHYSICS 7C 7LC  PHYSICS 7D 7LD 
General Education  General Education  EECS 31 
Sophomore  
Fall  Winter  Spring 
MATH 3A  MATH 3D  EECS 50 
EECS 31L  I&C SCI 46  CSE 90 
I&C SCI 45C  EECS 70A  I&C SCI 6D 
I&C SCI 6B  Science Elective  General Education 
Junior  
Fall  Winter  Spring 
IN4MATX 43  STATS 67  COMPSCI 143A 
CSE 112  EECS 112L  COMPSCI 142A 
EECS 112  COMPSCI 141  COMPSCI 145 145L 
COMPSCI 161  General Education  
Senior  
Fall  Winter  Spring 
EECS 159A  EECS 159B  ENGR 190W 
EECS 152A  EECS 152B  Technical Elective 
EECS 148  Technical Elective  Science Elective 
General Education  General Education  General Education 
General Education 
Courses
CSE 90. Systems Engineering and Technical Communications . 2 Units.
Introduces systems engineering concepts, including specifications and requirements, hardware and software design, integration, testing, and documentation. Emphasizes organization and writing of reports and effective presentations.
Restriction: Computer Science Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.
CSE 112. Electronic Devices and Circuits. 4 Units.
A first course in the design of Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) systems. Introduction to CMOS technology; MOS transistors and CMOS circuits. Analysis and synthesis of CMOS gates. Layout design techniques for building blocks and systems. Introduction to CAD tools.
(Design units: 4)
Prerequisite: PHYSICS 7D and (CSE 70A or EECS 70A)
Overlaps with EECS 119, EECS 170D.
Restriction: Computer Science Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment.
CSE 199. Individual Study. 14 Units.
Supervised independent reading, research, or design for undergraduate Engineering majors. Students taking individual study for design credit are to submit a written paper to the instructor and to the Undergraduate Student Affairs Office in the School of Engineering.
(Design units: 14)
Repeatability: May be taken for credit for 8 units.