Jul 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Computer Engineering (BSE)

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. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) in 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 trade-offs associated with mitigating hardware issues to software.

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.

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 can:

  1. successfully practice and mature intellectually in the field of Computer Engineering or a related field.
  2. 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:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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.

Department Policies

Regardless of catalog of graduation students must satisfy prerequisite and co-requisite course requirements as specified in the current Undergraduate Catalog. All mathematics, science, and computer science courses, and ENG 101   and ENG 102   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 EE 497 EE 497 - Senior Design Project I  in their next to last semester before their anticipated date of graduation.

Career Possibilities

A Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering specifically prepares graduates for a career in the computer engineering field. Computer engineers apply principles from electrical engineering and computer science to design and analyze all hardware and software required for a computer system. This includes the design of microprocessors and microcontrollers, software and firmware for microprocessors and microcontrollers, integrated circuits, computer networks and operating systems. A Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering can also help graduates find work in other careers such as patent law.


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


For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please visit the following webpage:

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

University Graduation Requirements

Please see Graduation Policies for complete information.

Computer Engineering (BSE) Degree Requirements Total: 120-123 Credits

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: www.unlv.edu/provost/multicultural-requirements.

Milestone Experience

Culminating Experience

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 Core Requirements - Credits: 12

Students must select and complete at least 6 credits in at least 2 concentration areas from the following four areas, totaling 12 credits:

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

6 credits from math (MATH or STAT) or science (BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS) of approved electives (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.
  5. EGG 101  in combination with EGG 202 , preferred for First-Year Seminar.
  6. EE 320  and EE 320L  are Milestone Experience courses for Computer Engineering B.S.
  7. EE 497  and EE 498  are Culminating Experience courses for Computer Engineering B.S.