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 want to learn more about how the accreditation affects you, please refer to the ABET page.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of UCR’s BS degree in this program will meet high professional, ethical, and societal goals as demonstrated by:

Success in post-graduation studies as evidenced by:

    • satisfaction with the decision to further their education
    • advanced degrees earned
    • professional visibility (e.g., publications, presentations, patents, inventions, awards)
  • Professional responsibilities (e.g. professional mentoring, professional society membership and offices, reviewing and editorial work for professional journals) success in a chosen profession or vocation as evidenced by:
    • career satisfaction
    • promotions/raises (e.g. Management leadership positions or distinguished technical positions)
    • professional visibility (e.g., publications, presentations, patents, inventions, awards)
    • professional responsibilities (e.g. professional registration, professional mentoring, professional society membership and offices)
    • entrepreneurial activities
    • consulting activities
  • Contributions to society as evidenced by:
    • leadership roles
    • public service
    • mentoring / outreach activities
    • volunteer service

Student Outcomes

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) Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
2)Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
3) Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts
4) Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
5) Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
6) Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions. 

Graduation and Enrollment Data

In the Fall of 2023, total undergraduate enrollment in Computer Science was 1,018 students. In the Spring of 2023, 310 Bachelor of Science degrees were awarded.

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