Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This 122 credit program is designed to be completed in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in a computer science and engineering degree program?

The bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering is designed to give you a strong foundation in computing, mathematics, science and engineering and teach you to apply that knowledge to real-world computing problems.

Graduates have the skills to identify technological solutions to problems, drawing on their abilities to design and conduct experiments, analyze data, and develop software or computer systems that meet desired needs.

Additionally, our program teaches key skills to succeed in the professional world, including how to communicate effectively with a range of audiences, how to function on multi-disciplinary teams and how to act in accordance with professional, ethical, legal and social responsibilities.

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) is the board that accredits engineering and computer science programs in the United States. The bachelor of science in computer science and engineering is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission and the Engineering Accreditation Commission of  ABET. Graduates from ABET-accredited programs have an assurance that their investment and achievement are recognized by the worldwide engineering community.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Learn how to code games and virtual simulations.
  • Apply robotics, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity solutions to real-world problems.
  • Work in teams and collaboratively develop large-scale software projects.
  • Conduct computer science and engineering experiments.
  • Gain the knowledge and skillset to acquire fulfilling computer science and engineering careers.

Senior capstone project

In the College of Engineering, hands-on learning starts on day one. The first engineering class, Engineering 100, will challenge you to work in teams to design a hovercraft capable of traversing across a pre-set course. And in your final class before you graduate, you will work in a team to develop a product that’s ready for the marketplace. Your senior capstone project will be presented to potential employers at the annual Innovation Day, In between, you’ll gain hands-on experience in classrooms and research laboratories, putting your science and mathematical knowledge to work solving engineering problems.

Learn more about the computer science and engineering department

Faculty in our department work train aspiring computing professionals to use technology to solve important societal problems. Our alumni work at top companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft.

Specializations in the computer science and engineering program

  • Minor in big data

    With the rapid advance of computer and internet technologies, data is being collected at unprecedented scale in a broad range of application areas, which presents many challenges as well as novel opportunities of big data management, analysis, retrieval, and modeling. The objective of the minor in big data is to provide students with both the technical skills and the theoretical knowledge to address evolving big data challenges.

  • Minor in computer science and engineering

    The College of Engineering also offers a minor in computer science and engineering.

  • Minor in cybersecurity

    Vulnerability to cyber attacks has increased dramatically as usage of and reliance on technology expands. Cyber attacks can take multiple forms, ranging from corporate security breaches and social media fraud to malware and social engineering. Professionals with cybersecurity training are needed who can identify and mitigate the growing threats.

    The University offers two cybersecurity minors:

    • Interdisciplinary cybersecurity minor: The interdisciplinary minor in cybersecurity provides a well-rounded look at cybersecurity from a range of disciplinary perspectives. 
    • Cybersecurity minor: The minor in cybersecurity consists of six computer science courses that provide hands-on in-depth technical expertise in cyber defense. 
  • Minor in digital interactive games

    The gaming industry offers a variety of jobs, from designer to programmer to producer, in a number of industries, including business, music and computing. The minor in digital interactive games can help students tap into a strong gaming presence in Reno and a flourishing games industry in nearby Bay Area.

  • Accelerated B.S./M.S.

    The accelerated B.S./M.S. program encourages outstanding students in the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno to obtain a M.S. degree in a shorter amount of time.

  • Accelerated B.S./MBA

    The College of Engineering, in partnership with the College of Business, offers a five-year program to earn both the Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees.

  • Graduate degrees in computer science and engineering: M.S. & Ph.D.

    Students may earn one of four graduate degrees in computer science and engineering:

    • M.S.
    • M.S. (cybersecurity)
    • M.S. (cybersecurity, online)
    • Ph.D.

  • Graduate Certificate in cybersecurity

    The graduate certificate in cybersecurity uses an interdisciplinary approach to provide students essential knowledge to address evolving cybersecurity challenges.

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At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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Careers with a degree in computer science & engineering

Median starting salaries of $67,500 (computer science) and $70,750 (computer engineering)

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

46% of undergraduate students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive financial aid. If you think your family’s income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you might be surprised.

50%+ of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

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