Computer scientists are experts in computation, both in terms of the theory of what fundamental capabilities and limitations of computation are, as well as how it can be practically realized and applied. A computer scientist understands how to design and analyze algorithms that apply computation effectively, how to store and retrieve information efficiently, how computers work to deliver computation, and how to develop software systems that solve complex problems. Specialists within computer science might have expertise in developing software applications, in designing computer hardware, or in analyzing algorithms, among many other current possibilities, and even more emerging specialties.
The Computer Science Major available through the College of Engineering will prepare you for a world of incredible opportunities. Our world-class faculty will challenge you to deepen your intellectual curiosity, and our computer science curriculum will allow you to tailor your computing studies to your specific areas of interest. Along the way, you will develop both the computing algorithmic fundamentals and the framework for understanding that will enable you to keep pace with the ever-changing world of computer science.
The computer science program requires students to have a solid foundation in computer software, hardware, and theory, but also gives each student ample opportunity to take advanced electives in areas of computer science such as databases, architecture, networks, artificial intelligence, and graphics, or in emerging interdisciplinary areas such as electronic commerce, web information systems, and computer game design.
CS-ENG Program Guide, Fall '12* or later (.pdf) CS-ENG Program Guide, Summer '12* or earlier (.pdf)
* Date refers to the first term a student takes U-M CoE courses.
To declare, students must meet the declaration requirements of a "C" or better (or AP credit or "T" transfer credit) in:
(1) MATH 115, 116, 120, 121, 156, 185 or 186
(2) PHYSICS 140 or 160 -OR- CHEM 130
(3) ENGR 100, 101, or 151
(4) Have completed one full term (final grades posted) at U-M Ann Arbor
(5) Have a U-M Cumulative GPA of a 2.00 or higher
(6) Be in "Good Academic Standing" - 2.00 GPA or better for both the Term GPA and the Cumulative GPA
If you meet ALL these requirements, please schedule a declaration appointment with a CS-Eng Faculty Advisor.
Planning on a Double Major with CS-Eng and another CoE Major? Review our Double CoE Major hand-out to see how some courses may apply to CS-Eng.
As indicated in the CS-Eng Program Guide, the CS-Eng program includes Flexible Technical Elective courses.
Graduates of the CS-Engineering program will have an ability to:
The CS-Engineering Program Objectives for our graduates are: