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Your Future in Computer Science and Engineering

Are you good at multi-tasking? Do you have strong computer skills? Are you familiar with the latest computer software and hardware? Then you should pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering at the University of North Texas.

Possible career fields include:

  • Computer programming and app development
  • Digital information processing
  • Game programming
  • Hardware and software design
  • Information systems management

Graduates with practical experience are expected to have favorable job prospects. This is a result of rapid growth in computer systems design and related services and the limited supply of qualified individuals.

Computer scientists and engineers also enjoy some of the highest starting salaries of any engineering profession.

What we offer

The computer science and engineering department provides you a high-quality education by balancing the theoretical and experimental aspects of hardware and software issues. Our programs are characterized by their:

  • Collegial atmosphere
  • Challenging curriculum
  • Interdisciplinary learning approach
  • Learning opportunities beyond the classroom
  • Exciting research opportunities

Small classes and laboratories allow you to receive personal attention from faculty members and interact closely with your peers. You'll learn from faculty members who've been recognized by the National Science Foundation, the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Our research facilities and other resources

Classes and research are conducted at Discovery Park, a 300-acre research facility located four miles north of the main campus and serviced by a free shuttle.

In addition to instructional facilities with cuttingedge equipment, the department supports numerous centers and research laboratories that offer unlimited possibilities for study and research

The department has a comprehensive research program that focuses on the areas and research laboratories highlighted below:

  • Algorithms and Computational Science
  • Algorithms, Combinatorics and Graph Theory Laboratory
  • Computational Epidemiology Research Laboratory
  • Computer Security
  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Computer Systems Research Laboratory
  • Computer Vision and Intelligent Systems Laboratory
  • Databases and Data Mining
  • Dependable Computing Systems Lab
  • Global Software Development Lab
  • Human Intelligence and Language Technologies Lab
  • Information Management and Knowledge Discovery Lab
  • Information Security and Privacy
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Interdisciplinary Research and Education Lab
  • Laboratory for Recreational Computing
  • Machine Learning Lab
  • Multimedia Information Laboratory
  • Nanosystem Design Laboratory
  • Network Security Laboratory
  • Software Engineering Language Lab
  • Software Testing Laboratory
  • Trusted Secure Systems Laboratory
  • Wireless Sensor Laboratory

Other research centers housed in the department are Center for Computational Epidemiology and Response Analysis, Center for Information and Computer Security, and Net-Centric Software and Systems Center

The Net-Centric Software and Systems Center was selected as the 2012 Tech Titan of the Future at the University-level by the Metroplex Technology Business Council. The award recognizes higher education institutions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that encourage and support students in choosing engineering and technology-related disciplines as a preferred path

The Laboratory for Recreational Computing houses one of the top 50 best undergraduate game design programs in the country, according to The Princeton Review and GamePro magazine. The game design certification program allows you to study with students from the College of Visual Arts and Design to create 2-D and 3-D games, learn physics simulation and conduct research

Our Living-Learning Community brings together engineering students who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences

Located four miles north of the main campus and serviced by a free shuttle, Discovery Park houses the College of Engineering, College of Information and the Computer Science and Engineering department

This 300-acre research facility joins academic laboratories, offices and classrooms to maximize the potential for creativity, collaboration and technology innovation. Our students are preparing for engineering careers that solve societal problems, advance technology and improve the quality of life for people everywhere.

What to expect

The specific course requirements vary depending on the program you're enrolled in. The courses are generally divided into:

  • College of Engineering core courses
  • Department-required courses
  • Specialty area electives
  • A 2.75 GPA is required for all advanced
  • computer science and engineering courses.

The Career Center, Learning Center and our team of professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and how to get hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors are available to help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent

In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 4,000 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.