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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. 


UC Santa Cruz's Team Athena

Baskin Engineering students showcase their conversational AI mastery as they advance to the finals of this year’s Amazon Alexa Prize Challenge

For the second year in a row, UC Santa Cruz’s Team Athena has advanced to the finals of the Amazon Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge, a university competition designed to advance the field of conversational artificial intelligence (AI). Though hundreds of teams from around the world applied to... Read More

Fifth Annual IDEA Hub Pitch Contest flyer

Innovative solutions to pressing social, scientific issues pitched at the annual IDEA Hub competition

On June 2, the UC Santa Cruz Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development (CIED) hosted the fifth annual IDEA Hub pitch competition, the largest UC Santa Cruz startup pitch contest of the year. The IDEA Hub is a campus-wide initiative for students, created to support innovation and... Read More

Adrienne Harrell (top left), Michael Lopp (top right), and Dean Alexander Wolf (bottom) speaking during the "Leading Humans in the 21st Century" University Forum event

Baskin Engineering alumnus, dean discuss 21st century leadership at virtual event

At Tuesday’s UC Santa Cruz University Forum, Baskin School of Engineering alumnus Michael Lopp was joined by Dean Alexander Wolf for a wide-ranging conversation on the topic “Leading Humans in the 21st Century.” Moderated by Adrienne Harrell, learning and talent development manager for UC Santa... Read More