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.
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
The educational objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering – Computer Engineering Major are to transmit, create, and apply knowledge so that:
- The graduate can practice in the field of Computer Engineering.
- The graduate can be admitted to and successfully complete a graduate program in Computer Engineering.
To achieve the above program objectives, the Computer Engineering program’s goals are for the graduate to possess:
- Appropriate technical knowledge and skills
- Appropriate interpersonal skills
- The knowledge and skills to be a responsible citizen
To achieve the above objectives and goals, each graduate of the Computer Engineering Major will attain the following outcomes before graduation:
- The appropriate technical knowledge and skills
a. An ability to apply mathematics through differential and integral calculus,
b. An ability to apply advanced mathematics such as differential equations and discrete mathematics,
c. An ability to apply knowledge of basic sciences,
d. An ability to apply knowledge of computer science
e. An ability to apply knowledge of probability and statistics,
f. An ability to apply knowledge of engineering
g. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
h. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
i. An ability to analyze and design software and systems containing hardware and software
j. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
k. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- The appropriate interpersonal skills
a. An ability to communicate effectively
b. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- The knowledge and skills to be responsible citizens
a. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
b. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
c. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
d. A knowledge of contemporary issues
e. A knowledge of the basic content and concepts of the U.S. and Nevada constitutions
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
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: 127-133
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: 37-40 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: 18
Please see Distribution Requirements for more information.
- Humanities and Fine Arts:9 credits (see note 1 below)
- Social Science: 9 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. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: http://facultysenate.unlv.edu/students
Computer Engineering Pre-major (CpEPRE) Curriculum
Major Requirements - BS in Computer Engineering Major - Subtotal: 75 Credits
Computer Engineering Core Requirements - Credits: 12
Professional Electives - Credits: 6
(see note 3 below)
Mathematics/Science Elective - Credits: 3
(see note 4 below)
- 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, ECON 190 , , , and are required.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- - Internet Security course cannot be used to satisfy requirements for both the Computer Networks Core and Security System Core.