Computer Science Major

Do you want to ensure your future in technology, software development and beyond?

At a glance

In this major, you’ll do more than program. You’ll learn about the algorithms, logic, and math behind software systems and then build your own. You’ll learn to develop software solutions for real-world problems using the latest techniques. Then you’ll learn how to enable software and computers to learn and adapt on their own. You’ll leave with a well-rounded tech background that can take you into almost any field. 

Degree typeBachelor of Science
FormatOn campus and online
Part ofCollege of Natural Sciences
Competitive major?Yes
Accelerated option?No
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A concentration allows you to specialize in a certain area within your major, offering a depth of information and hands-on experiences that you may not otherwise get. Many students in this major will concentrate in one area to work in a specific field after college, as well as find mentors and internships before they even graduate.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are about creating intelligent systems – systems that perceive and respond to the world around them. AI and ML systems are everywhere, in our cars and smartphones, and businesses of all sizes are investing in these areas. This concentration combines a rigorous computer science degree with coursework in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data. 

Computer Science Education

You’ll work effectively in groups to develop computational solutions to complex problems, and learn to communicate ideas effectively, both generally and specifically, with regard to technology and computing. You’ll learn strong practices related to education and computational thinking, and develop lesson plans related to computer science with artifact generation and statistical analysis of artifacts and student performance. 

Computing Systems

Computing systems are integrated devices that input, output, process, and store data and information. They can range from simple sensors and hardware components to phones, laptops, desktops, and entire data centers. This concentration teaches you to solve important and demanding systems problems at scale and how to design and assess these systems. 

General Computer Science

This is a broad computer science program that prepares you for any position in the field. It is the most flexible of the concentrations, allowing you to take with a minor of your choice and/or choose a research area to focus on that topic in your upper-level classes. 

Software Engineering

Software engineering involves designing, implementing, and maintaining computer programs. Developing modern software systems requires more than programming skills and core computer science concepts. It requires software engineering skills, which are in high demand. This concentration will focus you on the concepts, techniques, and tools necessary for software analysis, design, testing, maintenance, and teamwork.   

Networks and Security

Networks connect computers and other devices so they can share information. This concentration will have you exploring the design, building, and maintaining networks and protecting them from cyberattacks. You’ll learn computer networking, systems security (including the latest trends and technologies in cyber security), ethical hacking, operating systems, databases, and software. 

Some Career Options

As a computer science graduate, you’ll be in high demand in every industry, including government agencies, entertainment, music, app design, cyber security in corporate/nonprofit businesses, and research laboratories. Internships are readily available to enhance your skills and marketability. 

Tour and info session options

Tours may be available as part of Admissions tours and info sessions, offered throughout the year.

For additional opportunities, please reach out to:

Warren Jackson, undergraduate recruitment coordinator, at or (970) 491-4519.

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