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Computer Science and Engineering

Monica Nicolescu with students and a PR2 robot

About the Department

Degrees offered:

  • Minor in digital interactive games
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science
  • Ph.D.

Faculty: 18 tenured/tenure-track and 2 lecturers

Students: 610

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Department of Computer Science and Engineering

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is evolving along with the needs of the fast-paced technology industry. A comprehensive curriculum combines the disciplines of computer science, or using computer technology to solve problems, and computer engineering, which focuses on the design and operation of computer hardware and software systems.

The result? Well-rounded graduates who stand ready to meet the needs of industry employers or go on to graduate study.

Academic offerings

Students in computer science and engineering benefit from small class sizes, courses taught by our research-active faculty and opportunities to collaborate on research projects for both undergraduates and graduate students.

A commitment to teaching excellence, including faculty who have won the University's prestigious Tibbetts Award for teaching, attracts a strong student body, including National Merit and Presidential Scholars.

In addition to our degree programs, an interdisciplinary minor in digital interactive games allows computer science students to tap into the strong gaming industry in Reno or the nearby San Francisco Bay Area and also provides a way for students in related fields to gain skills in simulation and game development.

Ready to learn more about our academic degrees? Visit our degree programs pages.

Research specialties

It's an exciting time to be a computer scientist. Research in computer science and engineering draws on insights from disciplines across math, science and engineering and has the potential to make breakthroughs that can impact everything from education to health care.

Faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering focus on four broad research areas:

  • Computer and network systems
  • Games and simulations
  • Intelligent systems
  • Software systems

Recent research projects have focused on developing robots that are capable of learning through observation, identifying ways to enhance security and privacy of cloud computing, and designing video games to promote exercise and physical activity among visually impaired children.

For more information on current research projects, please visit the faculty listings.

Contact Information:

Department Chair: George Bebis
Graduate Program Director: Murat Yuksel
Phone: (775) 784-6974
Fax: (775) 784-1877


Scrugham Engineering Mines (SEM) Room 242

Mailing Address

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, MS/171
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

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