The CSE Department at Nebraska has bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in Computer Science and in Computer Engineering. Computer Science (CS) is the study of computation and algorithmic processes, including their underlying principles, their hardware and software designs, their applications, and their impact on society. Programming is a vital component but not the primary intent of CS. Rather, programming’s role is comparable to that of reading and writing in the study of literature or philosophy – it is a basic literacy skill. Many jobs do involve programming, but might instead entail research of algorithm design and efficiencies, software architecture or testing, reliable and secure communications, processor design, or even development of specifications and designs for new languages and operating systems. Successful students in the CSE Department are enthusiastic problem-solvers, scoring high in mathematics, analytical, and quantitative skills tests.
With a computer science degree from Nebraska, you may find yourself designing imaging systems for weather satellites or medical diagnostic equipment, joining the human genome project, creating special effects for movies, or helping invent the next generation of the Internet.
Students with a computer science degree can find careers in:
- Scientific, systems, and other programming
- Database design
- Network software design
- High-speed processor specialists
- Electronic commerce specialists
- Enterprise-scale software systems design
- Other employment by industry leaders such as IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, and Oracle
Faculty offices, laboratories, and most classes are conveniently located in Avery Hall and the Schorr Center which is directly across the street to the west of Avery.
You will find the lecture hall and the primary teaching laboratory equipped with multimedia electronics. Internet connectivity is available to classrooms, laboratories, offices, and student housing. A Windows NT network and a mainframe Unix-based computer are also available to you as a CSE major. All needed software and computers are provided in laboratories, which are open for extended hours and on weekends. Many students also enjoy the convenience of their own computers, which can be connected directly to the network from dormitory rooms or through the Internet from off campus.