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The Computer Science (CS) Department is committed to providing our students with an innovative educational program that contributes to their effective learning and prepares our graduates to become leaders and innovators in computer science.

Our faculty are dedicated to excellence in teaching, providing innovative, student-focused education so that our graduates will be able to apply techniques, methodologies, tools and skills to build high-quality computing systems that function effectively and reliably in the emerging information infrastructure.

A distinguishing characteristic of UTEP’s CS department is that it provides a culture that actively engages its students inside and outside the classroom.  Please visit the links on the right to learn more about our programs. We look forward to having you join UTEP CS!




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Change of Major

The following must be considered when changing majors:

All petitions for change of major to or within the College of Engineering are subject to the approval of the chair of the program gaining the student.

  1. Any student enrolled in a non-engineering program at the University can change his or her major to a program in the College of Engineering if he or she is qualified to enroll for Calculus I in his or her first semester of computer science.
  2. Any student enrolled in an engineering program at the University can change his or her major to another program in the College of Engineering if he or she has a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 and has earned a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the semester previous to applying for the change of major.
  3. All students entering the College of Engineering must follow the catalog that is in effect at the time of their transfer, or a subsequent catalog.

Minor in CS

Students wishing to minor in computer science should consult their major advisors. The Computer Science minor requires 20 credit hours of Computer Science courses that includes the foundational courses (CS1401, CS2401, and CS2302) plus three upper division courses.  Please refer to the catalog for more detailed information about CS minor requirements.

Transfer Students

Students wishing to transfer courses should first check whether the courses are on the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) website. For courses that are not listed, the department must evaluate the equivalency of the course.  The following information will be requested by the department:

  • the transferring institution’s catalog description
  • course syllabus, and
  • any other supporting materials that can support the learning outcomes of the course.

Based on the recommendation of the evaluation committee, the chair will prepare a memo for approval by the Dean of Engineering and Director of Admission. Transfer students may be required to take competency exams and/or specified courses that the department feels they must have in order to maintain the quality of their degree

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students who wish to pursue a second bachelor degree in CS must have their transcript evaluated to determine the courses that are needed to meet the university and ABET-CAC requirements regarding math and science credits, computer science program requirements, and student outcomes. Students should schedule an appointment through the front office to start the evaluation process.

Please click here to download the financial aid form for second degrees.