University General Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    Jul 22, 2024  
University General Course Catalog 2023-2024

Computational Linguistics, B.S.

The B.S. in Computational Linguistics is an interdisciplinary degree featuring a language core in foreign language (French or Spanish) and coursework in French/Spanish linguistics, theoretical linguistics, computer programming, mathematics and statistics, and cognitive psychology. The program in computational linguistics will offer instruction in a number of disciplines, including world languages (primarily French and Spanish), French/Spanish and English phonology/phonetics, syntax, sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, machine learning, mathematics, and data structures and algorithms. 

The field of computational linguistics is concerned with the investigation of human language using computational tools, such as the development of semantic and grammatical models of language that are amenable to computer analysis, the exploration of statistical and structural properties of human language using machine learning methodologies, and the development of effective computer-aided translation and analysis of spoken and written language, among many other applications.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. apply computational methods to the analysis of human language data
  2. analyze the grammatical structure of human languages at the syntactic, morphological, and phonological levels
  3. evaluate the linguistic adequacy of software applications
  4. demonstrate an Intermediate-Mid to High language proficiency in Spanish or French

Contact Information

English Department
119 Frandsen Humanities
(775) 784-6689

Computer Science and Engineering Department
Emily Hand
WPEB 415
(775) 682-8256

World Languages and Literatures
241 E.J. Cain Hall
(775) 784-6055

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking  at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Units of Major Requirements at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 42 Upper-Division Units

I. Core General Education Requirements (25-28 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (4 units) - CO2

C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (6 units) - CO4, CO4L

Refer to Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4L/CO4  courses.

D. Social Sciences (3 units) - CO6

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7  courses.

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter for a list of approved CO5  and CO8  courses.

II. Additional Silver Core Requirements (15 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

Choose one course; the following recommended courses may also count in the Major Requirement.

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

Choose one course; the following recommended courses may also count in the Major Requirement.

C. Global Contexts - CO11

Choose one course; the following recommended courses may also count in the Major Requirement.

D. Ethics - CO12

Choose one course.

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13

Choose one course; the following recommended courses may also count in the Major Requirement.

F. Application - CO14

Choose one course; the following courses are suggestions and do not fulfill the major requirement. Students should consult with their advisors about any necessary prerequisites for these courses. 

III. Additional College Requirements (0-14 units)

Students seeking this degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equal to a fourth semester course level through one of the following options:

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language or in American Sign Language; 
  2. demonstrate proficiency through a means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures, including but not limited to minimum CBAPE, SAT II, or IB scores, attaining minimum aptitude on an accredited foreign language assessment test, or a high school or equivalent diploma in which English is not the language of instruction; or 
  3. participate in a studies abroad language program pre-approved by the department to meet the foreign language requirement. 

Note: Four years of high school foreign language instruction does not satisfy this requirement.

IV. Major Requirements (62 units)

All courses must be completed with at least a “C” grade.

B. Computer Science and Engineering (12 units)

Students must take CS 302 (3 units), and any three of the listed CS electives (9 units). 

D. English Linguistics (9 units)

Students must take ENG 412A (3 units), and two of the listed 400-level ENG linguistics courses (6 units) such that CO9 and CO10 are satisfied.

E. Psychology (3 units)

F. World Language (9 units)

Choose one language emphasis, which will require previous completion of  first- and second-year language courses (111, 112, 211, 212). Refer to this page for more details:

G. Electives with Linguistics Focus (6 units)

Electives with a Linguistics focus (ANTH, CS, ENG, FREN, or SPAN) (6 units). Select these units from 300 or 400-level courses that are not already required by the major. Units can be chosen from courses offered toward a major degree in other departments with the approval of an advisor.

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

VI. Electives (1-18 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

Use the Planner in MyNEVADA to build a custom graduation plan. Review and adjust the plan in each academic advisement session.

A. First Year

Fall Semester (14 units)

Spring Semester (16 units)

B. Second Year

C. Third Year

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

  • Electives with Linguistics Focus (6 units)
  • CS 400-Level Elective (3 units)
  • Application (3 units) CO14 OR
  • Ethics (3 units) CO12 OR
  • General Elective (3-6 units)


In addition to the general university requirements of at least a “C” (2.0) average for graduation, students must earn at least a “C” in all major courses and must also maintain at least a “C” average in the Core Quantitative Reasoning, Physical & Natural Phenomena, and major requirement courses.

A student entering this major should be prepared to take MATH 181 in the first semester. Students are advised that placing into a lower mathematics course during their first term may impact their ability to complete the program within four years.