Jun 25, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 

Computer Engineering Major (BSE)

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Computer Engineering Major- Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE)

Please see the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering web page at www.unlv.edu/engineering for information about department programs, faculty and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plans for the major are available at www.unlv.edu/degree/bse-computer-engineering.

Please see advising information at the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering Advising Center at www.engineering.unlv.edu/advising.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org
Program - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology www.abet.org

 ABET Program Educational Objectives 

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies.

 Computer Engineering Program Objectives

The Program Educational Objective of the Computer Engineering program is to create, apply, and disseminate knowledge immediately or within a few years after graduation the graduate:

  1. can successfully practice and mature intellectually in the field of Computer Engineering or a related field.
  2. can be admitted to and successfully progress through a post graduate program in Computer Engineering or related program.

 ABET Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.

Computer Engineering Student Outcomes

To achieve the above objectives and goals, each graduate of the Computer Engineering Major will attain the following outcomes before graduation:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) an ability to communicate effectively

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Admission to the Major

Minimum GPA: 2.0
To enter the Computer Engineering (CpE) Major, a student must be admitted to the College of Engineering. Admission and transfer policies are described in the College of Engineering section. Students who have been admitted to the College of Engineering and are interested in being admitted to the CpE Major will be placed in the Computer Engineering Pre-major (CpEPRE). A student in the CpEPRE is eligible to submit an application to the Academic Advising Center for advanced standing in the CpE Major after completing the 22 credit CpEPRE curriculum listed below. Students who have not completed the CpEPRE curriculum and do not have advanced standing in the CpE Major cannot enroll in upper division Computer Engineering courses except for those listed below in the CpEPRE Extended Curriculum.

University Graduation Requirements

Department Policies

Regardless of catalog of graduation students must satisfy prerequisite and corequisite course requirements as specified in the current Undergraduate Catalog. All mathematics, science, and computer science courses, and 

  and   must be completed with a grade of C or better. All engineering courses and their immediate prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Electrical and computer engineering students should register for   in their next to last semester before their anticipated date of graduation.

Computer Engineering Degree Requirements Total: 120-123 Credits

Computer engineering is the application of scientific and mathematical principles to the design and analysis of all hardware, software, and operating systems for a computer system. Computer engineering integrates several fields of electrical engineering and computer science and includes the study of hardware, software, and their integration. As such, students learn the principles of electricity, signals and systems, and technologies used in making digital devices. They further study programming languages, data structures, operating systems, and databases. The knowledge acquired during the first three years of the undergraduate program will culminate in architecture and design-related courses in which students experience the cost-performance tradeoffs associated with mitigating hardware issues to software.


General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 27-30 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

 (see note 2 below)

Constitutions - Credits: 4-6


Distribution Requirement - Credits: 15

 Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

(see note 1 and 2)

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 credits
  • Social Science: 6 credits 
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking:
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements

Multicultural and International

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements. A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. Students are encouraged to use “double dipper” courses with their fine arts and social science requirements. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: https://www.unlv.edu/provost/multicultural-requirements​

Major Requirements - BSE in Computer Engineering - Subtotal: 93 Credits

(*) signifies courses students are required to take in the Pre-major (CpEPRE) curriculum

(**) signifies courses students are to take in the Pre-major (CpEPRE) Extended curriculum (can be taken as Pre-major or Advanced Standing students)

Computer Engineering Labs - Credit: 1

Students must select and complete at least one credit of laboratory from the following list:

Professional Electives - Credits: 6

(see note 3 below)

Mathematics/Science Elective - Credits: 6

(see note 4 below)

Total Credits: 120-123


  1. Please see Department approved lists available in the Department office or Academic Advising Center, for courses in social science, humanities, and fine arts. In addition   and   are required.
  2. Every student must complete a three-credit Second-Year Seminar course.   may satisfy the three-credit Second-Year Seminar course requirement as well as three credits of the Humanities requirement for College of Engineering students only whose degree requires 120+ credits.
  3. Professional Electives: Professional electives must be electrical or computer engineering courses. Students are encouraged to select sequences of at least two courses in a given field. All professional electives must be approved by the Department. A list of approved professional electives is available through the department office or Academic Advising Center. Students who want to apply a professional elective that is not on the approved list towards their computer engineering major must obtain the Department Chair’s and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee’s Chair’s approval.
  4. Mathematics/Science Elective. The mathematics/science elective must be from mathematics courses (MATH, STAT) or natural science courses (BIOL, CHEM, PHYS). All mathematics/science electives must be approved by the Department. A list of approved mathematics/science electives is available through the department office or Academic Advising Center. Students who want to apply a mathematics/science elective that is not on the approved list towards their computer engineering major must obtain the Department Chair’s and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee’s Chair’s approval.

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