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Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) educates students to become leaders in the design and implementation of the computing systems that touch every aspect of modern society. Our courses cover everything from the mathematical foundations of what computers can and cannot do; to hands-on experiences building software and hardware artifacts with a range of programming languages and tools; to advanced courses in software engineering, human-computer interaction, computer graphics and animation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, large-scale data management, natural language processing, computer networking, computational biology, robotics, computer security and privacy, and much more. Computer scientists and computer engineers combine creative problem-solving, rigorous design, and the creation of algorithms, software, and hardware systems to build solutions that change the world.

 Undergraduate Programs


Computer Science and Engineering

101 Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering
206-543-1695
ugrad-advisor@cs.washington.edu

 Program of Study: Major: Computer Engineering


Program Overview

CSE offers two undergraduate degrees: Computer Science (through the College of Arts and Sciences) and Computer Engineering (through the College of Engineering). Students working toward either degree have the same broad opportunities to take the wide array of courses that CSE offers. The Computer Engineering major may be more appropriate for students who are interested in building systems that include both hardware and software components and that must be engineered to meet a variety of cost and performance constraints.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering degree
Recommended Preparation

Suggested First- and Second-Year College Courses: MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126 (or MATH 134, MATH 135, MATH 136); PHYS 121, PHYS 122 (or PHYS 141, PHYS 142); CSE 142, CSE 143; English composition.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered in three groups - Entering Freshmen, Currently Enrolled UW Students, and Entering Transfers. Admission is capacity constrained. Completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

  1. Entering Freshmen: The largest pathway for admission to Computer Engineering is directly out of high school, prior to completion of university-level prerequisites. Freshman applicants listing Computer Engineering as their intended major are automatically considered. Competitive applicants have usually taken the equivalent of four years of high school mathematics and at least one year of high school laboratory science upon entering the University. Admission is for autumn quarter only.
  2. Currently Enrolled UW Students: A portion of each year's class is admitted after matriculating to UW. Admission is for autumn or spring quarter. Application deadlines: July 1 for autumn quarter and January 15 for spring quarter. To be considered, applicants must meet the following course requirements: MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126 (or MATH 134, MATH 135, MATH 136); PHYS 121 (or PHYS 141); CSE 142, CSE 143; at least five credits of English composition.
  3. Entering Transfers: A portion of each year's class is admitted from students transferring from another college or university. Admission is for autumn or spring quarter. Transfer applicants are considered based on their University transfer application and supplemental material provided to the Allen School. Application deadlines: April 5 for autumn quarter and January 15 for spring quarter. Applicants interested in transferring from an institution that does not offer equivalent coursework should reach out to the Allen School advising team before applying. Applicants must identify Computer Engineering as their intended major, and indicate they will begin the major immediately upon transferring. Entering transfer applicants must meet the following requirements:
    1. Minimum 30 graded college credits completed by the University transfer application deadline.
    2. Minimum course requirements needed for supplemental application: MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126; PHYS 121; CSE 142, CSE 143; and at least five credits of English composition. These courses must be completed by the supplemental Allen School application deadline.

 Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering degree


Completion Requirements

180 credits

General Education Requirements

Basic Skills (20 credits)

  1. Written and Oral Communication (12 credits):
    1. English Composition: 5 credits from the University list
    2. Writing: ENGR 231; 4 additional writing (W) credits
  2. Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) (5 credits): met by program requirements
  3. Diversity (DIV) (3 credits): courses may also apply to an Areas of Knowledge requirement

Areas of Knowledge (71 credits)

  1. Visual, Literary & Performing Arts (VLPA) and Individuals & Societies (I&S) (30 credits)
    1. VLPA (10 credits)
    2. I&S (10 credits)
    3. Additional credits in VLPA or I&S to bring total to 30 credits
  2. Natural World (41 credits):
    1. Mathematics (15-18 credits) complete one of the following:
      1. MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126, MATH 208
      2. MATH 134, MATH 135, MATH 136
    2. Science (20 credits): PHYS 121, PHYS 122 (or PHYS 141, PHYS 142), and 10 credits from the list of approved natural science courses in the CS&E handbook
    3. Additional Math or Science credits: chosen from approved natural science courses in the CS&E handbook to bring total to 41 credits: STAT 390, STAT 391, MATH 394/STAT 394, MATH 207, MATH 209, MATH 318, MATH 334, MATH 335, AMATH 351, or AMATH 353 (STAT 391 recommended)

Major Requirements

72 credits

  1. Required Courses (36 credits): CSE 142, CSE 143, CSE 311, CSE 312, CSE 332, CSE 351, CSE 369, CSE 371/E E 371, E E 215 or E E 205
  2. CSE Electives (36 credits):
    1. One course chosen from: CSE 403, CSE 474/E E 474, or CSE 484
    2. Three additional courses chosen from the computer engineering systems electives list in the online CSE handbook
    3. Two additional courses chosen from the CSE core course list in the online CSE handbook
    4. A design capstone course from the approved list in the CSE handbook.
    5. 4 credits of College of Engineering courses from the CSE elective list
    6. Additional (0-5 credits) CSE electives to being total CSE electives to 36 credits
  3. Minimum 2.0 grade for any course applied to the major, Natural World, or Written and Oral Communications requirements. Transfer students must earn a minimum of 24 graded credits toward the major through the UW.

Free Electives to bring total for the degree to 180 credits

 Program of Study: Minor: Neural Computation and Engineering


Program Overview

The Minor in Neural Computation and Engineering is designed to provide students with a background in quantitative, mathematical, engineering, and computational approaches to problems in neuroscience.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Minor in Neural Computation and Engineering

 Minor in Neural Computation and Engineering


Completion Requirements

30 credits

  1. Either NBIO 405/BIOEN 466, or both NBIO 301 and NBIO 302
  2. BIOEN 460
  3. Either AMATH 342 or NBIO 303
  4. One course from PHIL 442 (preferred), PHIL 242, or PHIL 409
  5. Capstone: BIOEN 461
  6. Electives At least 12 additional graded credits from the Neural Computation and Engineering elective list, available on the program website
  7. Minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA for courses counted toward the minor
  8. Minimum 18 credits outside the student's major
  9. Students make a presentation during the Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Symposium or Computational Neuroscience Connection Program. With approval, other presentations may satisfy this requirement.
Additional Information

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes:
    • Engineering Quality: Graduates engage in the productive practice of computer engineering to identify and solve significant problems across a broad range of application areas.
    • Leadership: Graduates engage in successful careers in industry, academia, and public service, providing technical leadership for their business, profession, and community.
    • Economic Impact: Graduates enhance the economic well-being of Washington State through a combination of technical expertise, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
    • Lifelong Learning: Graduates adapt to new technologies, tools, and methodologies to remain at the leading edge of computer engineering practice with the ability to respond to the challenges of a changing environment.

    The computer engineering undergraduate degree is housed in the College of Engineering and is thereby accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, phone: (410) 347-7700. The Allen School has adopted the following student outcomes. Upon graduation from the computer engineering program, students will have:

    • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
    • 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
    • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
    • 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
    • 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
    • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions
    • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  • Instructional and Research Facilities: The Allen School is housed in the state-of-the-art Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering. The Allen Center includes more than 20,000 square feet of laboratories, nearly 1,000 computer systems, and more than 50 terabytes of storage. Gigabit connectivity is provided to every desktop by more than 60 miles of data cabling, and wireless access is available throughout the building.

    The Allen School general-purpose laboratories support the diverse set of hardware and software platforms required for a cutting-edge education in the field. The special-purpose laboratories provide tailored support for activities such as mobile robotics, computer graphics, digital design, motion capture, embedded systems, laser scanning, educational technology, networking, and artificial intelligence.

    The Allen Center and Gates Center are two of the finest computer science and computer engineering facilities in the nation. All Allen School students have access to these resources.

  • Honors Options Available: With College Honors (Completion of Honors Core and Departmental Honors requirements). With Honors (Completion of Departmental Honors requirements in the major). See adviser for requirements.
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: Internships and co-op opportunities are available for computer science undergraduates. Refer to department website for more information.
  • Departmental Scholarships: The Allen School has a limited number of scholarships available to current Allen School majors. Refer to department website for more information.
  • Student Organizations/Associations: A student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) operates within the Allen School. The ACM helps to coordinate new student orientations, research nights, technical talks, and various tutorials.

 Graduate Programs


Computer Science and Engineering

grad-advising@cs.washington.edu

 Program of Study: Doctor Of Philosophy (Computer Science And Engineering)


This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (Computer Science And Engineering)
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (Computer Science And Engineering: Advanced Data Science)
Admission Requirements

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 Doctor Of Philosophy (Computer Science And Engineering)


Completion Requirements

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 Doctor Of Philosophy (Computer Science And Engineering: Advanced Data Science)


Completion Requirements

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 Program of Study: Master Of Science (Computer Science And Engineering)


This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Master Of Science (Computer Science And Engineering)
  • Master Of Science (Computer Science And Engineering) (fee-based) (evening)
Admission Requirements

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 Master Of Science (Computer Science And Engineering)


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Science (Computer Science And Engineering) (fee-based) (evening)


Completion Requirements

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