Information and Policies
Introduction
The following concentrations are specializations for the computer engineering student. Students must complete all of the courses listed within their selected concentration. The five concentration differ by only 5 specialized courses; the remaining courses are the same.
Systems Programming Concentration
The systems programming concentration focuses on software systems: courses include operating systems, compilers, software engineering, and advanced programming. Students finishing this concentration are very well prepared for building large software systems of all types. This concentration is the closest one to a computer science majorthe main differences are that it does not require computer science theory courses, but because of the core computer engineering requirements, includes more hardware and electronics than a computer science bachelor's degree.
Computer Systems Concentration
The computer systems concentration provides a balance between software and hardware design. Students are prepared for a large variety of different design tasks, especially those requiring the integration of hardware and software systems, but may need further training for any particular specialization.
Robotics and Control Concentration
This concentration covers the hardware, software, sensing, and control aspects of autonomous and embedded systems. Students receive training in the theory, design, and realization of complex systems such as mobile robots. The concentration emphasizes integration of embedded software with hardware systems that interact with the environment.
Networks Concentration
The networks concentration focuses on communication between computers, covering both network hardware and protocols. Students finishing this concentration are well prepared for the design of wired and wireless network systems.
Digital Hardware Concentration
The digital hardware concentration focuses on hardware design and includes more electronics than the other concentrations. Students finishing this concentration are well prepared for building hardware systems. This concentration is the closest one to an electronics major; the main differences are that it does not require as much electronics theory or analog electronic design, but because of the core computer engineering requirements, requires more software skills.
Academic Advising for the Program
The Baskin School of Engineering undergraduate advising office offers general advising for prospective and declared undergraduates majoring in School of Engineering programs. The office handles major declarations, transfer credits, course substitutions, articulations, and degree certifications. Undergraduate students obtain and submit all paperwork requiring departmental approval to the undergraduate advising office. Transfer students should also refer to the Transfer Information and Policy section.
Baskin Engineering Building, Room 225
advising@soe.ucsc.edu
(831) 4595840
Every major and minor must have a computer engineering faculty adviser, assigned by the Baskin School of Engineering undergraduate advising office, and with that adviser must formulate a program of proposed coursework that meets the major or minor requirements. Additional information can be found on the SOE webpages.
Program Learning Outcomes
For the Computer Engineering B.S. degree, the program learning outcomes are:

an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;

an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints;

an ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty;

an ability to communicate effectively; and

an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Major Qualification Policy and Declaration Process
Major Qualification
In order to be admitted into the computer engineering major students must be listed as a proposed major within the School of Engineering. Students in the engineering and computing cluster must propose a School of Engineering major before they can declare. Please refer to the School of Engineering's "Proposed Major Retention" and its "Declaring a School of Engineering Major" sections in the catalog for more information.
In addition to being listed as a proposed School of Engineering major, declaration of the computer engineering major in the first six quarters of enrollment at UC Santa Cruz is based on performance in the CE Major Qualification Courses:
Students in their first six quarters who have completed at least 36 credits in the CE Major Qualification Courses listed below will be admitted to the computer engineering major if:
 their cumulative GPA is at least 2.8 in all of the CE Major Qualification Courses attempted; and
 they have no more than 7 credits resulting in grades of C, D+, D, D, F or NP among all of the CE Major Qualification Courses attempted.
CE Major Qualification Courses
All of the following:
MATH 19A  Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics  5 
MATH 19B  Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics  5 
Plus one of the following
AM 30  Multivariate Calculus for Engineers  5 
MATH 23A  Vector Calculus  5 
Whichever is completed first
Plus one of the following
AM 10  Mathematical Methods for Engineers I  5 
MATH 21  Linear Algebra  5 
Whichever is completed first
Plus all of the following
AM 20  Mathematical Methods for Engineers II  5 
CSE 12  Computer Systems and Assembly Language  5 
CSE 12L  Computer Systems and Assembly Language Laboratory  2 
Plus one of the following
CSE 13E  Embedded Systems and C Programming  7 
CSE 13S  Computer Systems and C Programming  7 
Plus all of the following
CSE 16  Applied Discrete Mathematics  5 
CSE 30  Programming Abstractions: Python  7 
PHYS 5A  Introduction to Physics I  5 
PHYS 5L  Introduction to Physics I Laboratory  1 
PHYS 5C  Introduction to Physics III  5 
PHYS 5N  Introduction to Physics Laboratory III  1 
Appeal Process
Students who are informed that they are not eligible to declare the major may appeal this decision by submitting a letter to the undergraduate director through the Baskin School of Engineering undergraduate advising office within 15 days from the date the notification was mailed. Within 15 days of receipt of the appeal, the department will notify the student, college, and Office of the Registrar of the decision.
How to Declare a Major
For instructions about how to declare a major in the Baskin School of Engineering, please refer to the department's website.
Transfer Information and Policy
Transfer Admission Screening Policy
Students should complete at least six of the following
MATH 19A  Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics  5 
MATH 19B  Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics  5 
AM 10  Mathematical Methods for Engineers I  5 
MATH 21  Linear Algebra  5 
AM 20  Mathematical Methods for Engineers II  5 
AM 30  Multivariate Calculus for Engineers  5 
MATH 23A  Vector Calculus  5 
CSE 12  Computer Systems and Assembly Language  5 
CSE 12L  Computer Systems and Assembly Language Laboratory  2 
CSE 13E  Embedded Systems and C Programming  7 
CSE 13S  Computer Systems and C Programming  7 
CSE 16  Applied Discrete Mathematics  5 
CSE 30  Programming Abstractions: Python  7 
PHYS 5A  Introduction to Physics I  5 
PHYS 5L  Introduction to Physics I Laboratory  1 
PHYS 5C  Introduction to Physics III  5 
PHYS 5N  Introduction to Physics Laboratory III  1 
Lecture/lab combinations count as one course.
CSE 13E and CSE 13S are alternatives; only one or the other, whichever is completed first, can count toward the six courses.
AM 30 and MATH 23A are alternatives; only one or the other, whichever is completed first, can count toward the six courses.
AM 10 and MATH 21 are alternatives; only one or the other, whichever is completed first, can count toward the six courses.
Cumulative GPA
Their cumulative GPA should be at least 2.8 in all of the courses attempted.
Prospective transfer students entering UC Santa Cruz by Fall 2020 and students who have catalog rights to follow the 201819 General Catalog may follow the screening requirements published in that catalog.
Transfer students who wish to graduate in two years are strongly recommended to complete all lower division major requirements and most General Education requirements before coming to UC Santa Cruz.
Getting Started at UCSC as a Transfer Student
Transfer students should declare their major in their first quarter at UC Santa Cruz. Instructions for declaring a major in the Baskin School of Engineering are on the department's website.
Letter Grade Policy
All students admitted to a School of Engineering major, or seeking admission to a major, must take all courses required for that major for a letter grade. This policy includes courses required for these degrees that are sponsored by other departments.
Course Substitution Policy
Undergraduate engineering students who wish to substitute a major course with a course from UC Santa Cruz must first consult the School of Engineering Undergraduate Advising Office. The advising office requires a Petition for Course Substitution be approved before credit for an alternate course can be applied to any School of Engineering major requirement.
Petition forms are available at the undergraduate advising office and on the Undergraduate Affairs website.
Petitions and procedures for approval must be obtained from and submitted to the Undergraduate Advising Office.
Double Majors and Major/Minor Combinations Policy
Students completing the computer engineering major cannot also receive the computer engineering minor or the Network and Digital Technology B.A. degree.
Students completing the Robotics Engineering B.S. can receive the Computer Engineering B.S. as well only by completing a concentration other than robotics and control.
Honors
Majors are considered for “Honors in the Major” and “Highest Honors in the Major” based on their GPA and on results of undergraduate research and other significant contributions to the School of Engineering. Students with a GPA of 3.70, in most cases, receive highest honors. Students with a GPA of 3.30, in most cases, receive honors. Students with particularly significant accomplishments in undergraduate research or contributions to the School of Engineering may be considered with a lower GPA. Computer engineering juniors and seniors may also be eligible for election to the UC Santa Cruz chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society founded in 1885.
Materials Fee and Miscellaneous Fees
Please see the section on fees under the School of Engineering.
Requirements and Planners
Course Requirements (all concentrations)
All students in the computer engineering major take the same core courses, which give the fundamentals of programming and hardware design, supported by the physics and mathematics necessary to understand them. Students must complete all of the courses listed within their selected concentration, and they must complete the capstone sequence. The senior comprehensive requirement for computer engineering majors is satisfied by completion of the capstone course and the exit requirement.
LowerDivision Courses
All of the following
MATH 19A  Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics  5 
MATH 19B  Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics  5 
Plus one of the following
AM 30  Multivariate Calculus for Engineers  5 
MATH 23A  Vector Calculus  5 
Plus one of the following
AM 10  Mathematical Methods for Engineers I  5 
MATH 21  Linear Algebra  5 
Plus all of the following
AM 20  Mathematical Methods for Engineers II  5 
CSE 12  Computer Systems and Assembly Language  5 
CSE 12L  Computer Systems and Assembly Language Laboratory  2 
Plus one of the following
CSE 13E  Embedded Systems and C Programming  7 
CSE 13S  Computer Systems and C Programming  7 
Plus all of the following
CSE 16  Applied Discrete Mathematics  5 
CSE 20  Beginning Programming in Python  5 
CSE 30  Programming Abstractions: Python  7 
PHYS 5A  Introduction to Physics I  5 
PHYS 5L  Introduction to Physics I Laboratory  1 
PHYS 5C  Introduction to Physics III  5 
PHYS 5N  Introduction to Physics Laboratory III  1 
Students with no prior programming will take CSE 20 before CSE 30 and the lecturelab combination of CSE 12 and CSE 12L. Students with a prior programming course, AP credit, or clearing the “Testout” bar will start with CSE 30, and the lecturelab combination of CSE 12 and CSE 12L.
Plus one of the following options
UpperDivision Courses
Core requirements:
CSE 100  Logic Design  5 
CSE 100L  Logic Design Laboratory  2 
CSE 101  Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms  5 
CSE 107  Probability and Statistics for Engineers  5 
CSE 120  Computer Architecture  5 
CSE 121  Microprocessor System Design  5 
CSE 121L  Microprocessor System Design Laboratory  2 
CSE 185E
/CSE 185S
 Technical Writing for Computer Science and Engineering  5 
ECE 101  Introduction to Electronic Circuits  5 
ECE 101L  Introduction to Electronic Circuits Laboratory  2 
ECE 103  Signals and Systems  5 
ECE 103L  Signals and Systems Laboratory  2 
Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement
Students of every major must satisfy that major's upperdivision Disciplinary Communication (DC) requirement. The DC requirement in computer engineering is satisfied by one of the following:
CSE 185E
/CSE 185S
 Technical Writing for Computer Science and Engineering  5 
CSE 195  Senior Thesis Research  5 
Comprehensive Requirement
Capstone Requirement
All computer engineering students complete one of the following capstone sequences:
Both of the following courses
Or all of the following courses
Or the following course
CSE 195 also requires the submission of an approved senior thesis.
Or all of the following courses
Or both of the following courses
ECE 118  Introduction to Mechatronics  10 
ECE 118 and ECE 118L are allowed only if they are not taken as concentration courses.
Or both of the following courses
CSE 115A  Introduction to Software Engineering  5 
CSE 115D  Software Design Project  Accelerated  5 
Or the following course
Exit Requirement
Students are required to complete an exit survey and attend an exit interview. Portfolios of the students work will be collected from our courses for program evaluation. The portfolios will be reviewed by the computer engineering undergraduate committee and will include two project reports: CSE 121 and CSE 121L and either the senior capstone report (CSE 115C, or CSE 115D, or CSE 129A and CSE 129B and CSE 129C, or CSE 123A and CSE 123B, or ECE 118, or CSE 157) or the student’s senior thesis.
Concentration Courses
Computer Systems Concentration Requirements
All students in the computer engineering major take the same core courses, which give the fundamentals of programming and hardware design, supported by the physics and mathematics necessary to understand them. Students must complete all of the courses listed within their selected concentration, and they must complete the capstone sequence. The senior comprehensive requirement for computer engineering majors is satisfied by completion of the capstone course and the exit requirement.
One of the following courses
CSE 125  Logic Design with Verilog  5 
CSE 125L  Logic Design with Verilog Laboratory  2 
CSE 122  Introduction to VLSI Digital System Design  5 
CSE 125/CSE 125L lecture/lab combination counts as a single course.
CSE 222A, Advanced VLSI Digital System Design, may be substituted for CSE 122 with department approval.
Plus one of the following courses
Plus one of the following courses
CSE 130  Principles of Computer Systems Design  5 
CSE 131  Introduction to Operating Systems  5 
Plus one upperdivision or graduate elective
From the approved elective list or the department’s approved list of electives for the computer engineering major
Digital Hardware Concentration Requirements
All students in the computer engineering major take the same core courses, which give the fundamentals of programming and hardware design, supported by the physics and mathematics necessary to understand them. Students must complete all of the courses listed within their selected concentration, and they must complete the capstone sequence. The senior comprehensive requirement for computer engineering majors is satisfied by completion of the capstone course and the exit requirement.
All of the following courses
CSE 125  Logic Design with Verilog  5 
CSE 125L  Logic Design with Verilog Laboratory  2 
Plus one of the following options
CSE 222A, Advanced VLSI Digital System Design, may be substituted for CSE 122 with department approval.
Plus one of the following courses
CSE 122  Introduction to VLSI Digital System Design  5 
CSE 220  Computer Architecture  5 
ECE 171  Analog Electronics  5 
ECE 171L  Analog Electronics Laboratory  2 
ECE 173  HighSpeed Digital Design  5 
ECE 173L  HighSpeed Digital Design Laboratory  2 
Lecture/lab combinations count as one course.
Note that CSE 122 or ECE 171 and ECE 171L cannot be used again here.
Plus one upperdivision or graduate elective
From the approved elective list or the department’s approved list of electives for the computer engineering major
Networks Concentration Requirements
All students in the computer engineering major take the same core courses, which give the fundamentals of programming and hardware design, supported by the physics and mathematics necessary to understand them. Students must complete all of the courses listed within their selected concentration, and they must complete the capstone sequence. The senior comprehensive requirement for computer engineering majors is satisfied by completion of the capstone course and the exit requirement.
All of the following courses
CSE 150  Introduction to Computer Networks  5 
CSE 150L  Introduction to Computer Networks Laboratory  2 
CSE 156  Network Programming  5 
CSE 156L  Network Programming Laboratory  2 
Plus one of the following courses
CSE 130  Principles of Computer Systems Design  5 
CSE 131  Introduction to Operating Systems  5 
Plus one of the following options
Either the lecture/lab combination of CSE 151 and CSE 151L, or one upperdivision or graduate elective from the approved elective list or the department’s approved list of electives for the computer engineering major
Robotics and Control Concentration Requirements
All students in the computer engineering major take the same core courses, which give the fundamentals of programming and hardware design, supported by the physics and mathematics necessary to understand them. Students must complete all of the courses listed within their selected concentration, and they must complete the capstone sequence. The senior comprehensive requirement for computer engineering majors is satisfied by completion of the capstone course and the exit requirement.
Any two of the following courses
ECE 118  Introduction to Mechatronics  10 
ECE118L  Introduction to Mechatronics Laboratory  2 
ECE 167  Sensing and Sensor Technologies  7 
ECE167L  Sensing and Sensor Technologies Lab  2 
ECE 141  Feedback Control Systems  5 
Lecture/lab combinations count as one course.
Plus one course from the following options
Students may fulfill this requirement by taking the third course from above that was not taken (ECE 118 and ECE 118L, or ECE 167 and ECE 167L, or ECE 141) or by taking any course from the approved elective list or the department's approved list of electives for the robotics and control concentration.
Plus one upperdivision or graduate elective
From the approved elective list or the department’s approved list of electives for the computer engineering major
System Programming Concentration Requirements
All students in the computer engineering major take the same core courses, which give the fundamentals of programming and hardware design, supported by the physics and mathematics necessary to understand them. Students must complete all of the courses listed within their selected concentration, and they must complete the capstone sequence. The senior comprehensive requirement for computer engineering majors is satisfied by completion of the capstone course and the exit requirement.
One of the following courses
CSE 130  Principles of Computer Systems Design  5 
CSE 131  Introduction to Operating Systems  5 
Plus one of the following courses
Plus all of the following courses
CSE 150  Introduction to Computer Networks  5 
CSE 150L  Introduction to Computer Networks Laboratory  2 
Plus one of the following options
Either the lecture/lab combination of CSE 151 and CSE 151L, or one upperdivision or graduate elective from the approved elective list or the department’s approved list of electives for the computer engineering major
Plus one of the following courses
CSE 113  Parallel and Concurrent Programming  5 
CSE 156  Network Programming  5 
CSE 156L  Network Programming Laboratory  2 
CSE 110A  Fundamentals of Compiler Design I  5 
Planners
Below are two sample academic plans for students majoring in computer engineering. Since the plans for the third and fourth years will vary according to the concentration and capstone selected, placeholders for these courses have been indicated with “concentration course” and “capstone course.” As part of the major declaration process students prepare a fouryear plan based on a concentration and this may affect the placement of other courses as well. Careful planning at the time of declaration is required to complete the degree within four years. Entering frosh who have little programming experience, are strongly advised to take a programming course in the fall quarter. Students completing the courses in the fouryear planners will have satisfied the MF, PRE, SI, and SR general education requirements.
Plan One for Entering Frosh
This plan is for students with programming experience who are prepared for MATH 19A.
Plan Two for Entering Frosh
This plan is for students with no programming experience who are placed into MATH 3.
Plan for Junior Transfers
Below is a sample academic plan for students transferring to UC Santa Cruz in computer engineering for their junior year. It assumes that all but one lowerdivision and all general education course requirements have been satisfied. Since the plans for the third and fourth years vary according to the concentration and capstone selected, placeholders for these courses have been indicated with “concentration course” and “capstone course.” As part of the major declaration process students prepare a plan based on a concentration and this may affect the placement of other courses as well. Careful planning at the time of declaration is required to complete the degree within two years.
Curriculum charts for all BSOE majors are available on the department's website.