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Computer Science and engineering

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
  • Digital information processing
  • 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. Their expertise includes:

  • Computer networks and security — wired and wireless networks, sensor networks, cryptography and security
  • Computer science theory
  • Computer systems — architectures, compilers, grid computing and computational science
  • Software engineering — agents, service-oriented architecture, verification and validation
  • User-centric design — data mining, natural language processing, image processing, semantic web and game development
  • Very-large-scale integration and computer-aided design

Our research facilities and other resources

Our department operates top-ranked centers and laboratories to help you study and conduct research. They include the:

  • Algorithms, Combinatorics and Graph Theory Laboratory
  • AI and Human Language Technologies Laboratory
  • Bioinformatics Laboratory
  • Computational Epidemiology Research Laboratory
  • Computer Systems Research Laboratory
  • Computer Vision and Intelligent Systems Laboratory
  • Dependable Computing Systems Laboratory
  • Global Software Development Laboratory
  • Information Management and Knowledge Discovery Laboratory
  • Laboratory for Recreational Computing
  • Language and Information Technologies Laboratory
  • Multimedia Information Laboratory
  • NanoSystem Design Laboratory
  • Network Security Laboratory
  • Software Engineering Language Laboratory
  • Software Testing Laboratory
  • Trusted Secure Systems Laboratory
  • Wireless Sensor Laboratory

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 region that encourage and support students in choosing engineering and technology-related disciplines as a preferred path.

The recreational computing laboratory 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.

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

Located 4.5 miles north of the main campus and serviced by a free shuttle, Discovery Park houses the College of Engineering 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 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 getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will 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 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, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.