Computer Science and Engineering

The Computer Science and Engineering department spans multiple areas of research including algorithms, logic, and complexity; computer hardware, including architecture, VLSI (chip design), FPGAs, and design automation; computer security and privacy; cyber-physical systems; distributed systems; database systems; machine learning and artificial intelligence; natural language processing; networks; pervasive computing and human-computer interaction; programming languages; robotics; social computing; storage systems; and visual computing, including computer vision, visualization, and graphics.

In cooperation with other departments on campus, CSE also offers a strong research group in bioinformatics, computational biology, biomolecular engineering, and human genome mapping. The CSE department enjoys a close relationship with the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics departments. Faculty members carry out joint research projects, supervise students, and teach courses for these departments. The M.S. degree requires either a master's thesis or an approved project and is usually completed in two years, although it is possible to complete the program in one year. The Ph.D. degree is usually completed in five years.

People in Computer Science and Engineering at UCSC

Meet people in Computer Science and Engineering.

Research in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UCSC

Learn about research being conducted within our department.

Degree Programs
Degree programs offered at the UCSC Computer Science and Engineering Department

Learn about the Graduate and Undergraduate programs in Computer Science and Engineering.

Industry Relations

The Computer Science and Engineering Department has very close ties to local industry - learn more about our collaboration with Silicon Valley firms.

The Glen G. Langdon Prize

The Glen G. Langdon Prize honors founding faculty member and the pioneering work of Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Engineering Glen Langdon.

Job Opportunities

The Computer Science and Engineering Department is hiring! We have openings for tenure-track faculty and other positions.


Immergo Labs, founded in 2020, provides an affordable, accessible, and immersive telehealth physical therapy care platform.
The five-day camp introduces middle school girls from Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties to the fields of engineering and technology and helps bridge the gender gap in STEM education.


David Tennenhouse
Organizer: Professor Andrew Quinn
E2-180 / Engineering Event Center, option to join virtually
Michael John
Zoom or in person at the Silicon Valley Campus