Computer Science & Engineering Educational Mission and Goals

Educational Mission of the Computer Science and Engineering Program

The educational mission of the Computer Science and Engineering Program at UC Irvine is to provide students with comprehensive, interdisciplinary training in computer science and engineering. This is accomplished by developing and offering a curriculum that integrates the fundamentals of computer science, both hardware and software, and the application of engineering concepts, techniques, and methods to computer systems engineering and design.

Undergraduate Major in Computer Science and Engineering

Program Educational Objectives: Graduates of the program will

(1) establish a productive Computer Science and Engineering career in industry, government or academia;
(2) engage in professional practice of computer systems engineering and software systems engineering;
(3) promote the development of innovative systems and solutions using hardware and software integration;
(4) promote design, research, and implementation of products and services in the field of Computer Science & Engineering through strong communication, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills.
(Program educational objectives are those aspects of computer science and engineering that help shape the curriculum; achievement of these objectives is a shared responsibility between the student and UCI.)

Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Student Outcomes:
(a) An ability to apply knowledge of computing, mathematics, science, and engineering appropriate to Computer Science and Engineering.
(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
(c) An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, component, process, or program to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability constraints.
(d) An ability to function effectively on multidisciplinary teams to accomplish a common goal.
(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems and to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution.
(f) An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities.
(g) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
(h) An ability to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context; and to analyze the impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.
(i) Recognition of the need for and ability to engage in continuing professional development and life-long learning.
(j) A knowledge of contemporary Computer Science and Engineering issues.
(k) An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice and engineering practice.
(l) 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.
(m) An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity.

Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) and Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) Criterion 3. Student Outcomes: Accreditation Criteria.