Computer Science Major

Computer Science (CS) Major


The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET. More on ABET-specific details related to the CS program appear below.


The Computer Science major is designed to provide students with a broad background in science and humanities and to provide an understanding of fundamental principles of computing and modern computing technology. It prepares the student for professional work with computer systems as well as for graduate work in computer science.


As a Computer Science major at UC Riverside, you will be taking a mix of core computer science courses and a breadth of humanities and social science courses.

More information on available courses can be found on the Registrar's website.

To complete your degree, you will need to fulfill the requirements laid out in the Computer Science course plan.

ABET Accreditation

The Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET. If you would like to learn more about the how the accreditation affects you, please refer to the ABET page.

Our goal for our graduates

As a graduate of our program, you will be able to move onto the next chapter of your life with the following skills:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline. (Adapted from CAC a and EAC a)
  2. An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution. (Adapted from CAC v and EAC e)
  3. An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs. (Adapted from CAC c and EAC c)
  4. An ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal. (Adapted from CAC d and EAC d)
  5. An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities. (Adapted from CAC e and EAC f)
  6. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences. (Adapted from CAC f and EAC g)
  7. An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society. (Adapted from CAC g and EAC h)
  8. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development. (Adapted from CAC h and EAC i)
  9. An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice. (Adapted from CAC i and EAC k)
  10. An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices. (Adapted from CAC j)
  11. An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity. (Adapted from CAC k)
  12. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. (Adapted from EAC b)
  13. Knowledge of contemporary issues. (Adapted from EAC j)

Graduation and Enrollment Data

In the Fall of 2017, total undergraduate enrollment in Computer Science was 540 students. In Spring of 2018, 133 Bachelor of Science degrees were awarded.

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