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Bachelor of Science

Major in Computer Science

Program Highlights

  • Develop a commitment to professional and ethical computer science standards as well as a devotion to the life-long learning of new trends in computing, information, and technologies
  • Experience computer science in the work environment through internships and co-ops
  • Tackle global and societal issues with diverse and exceptional faculty who are passionate about advancing both theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of computer science


  • Receive personal attention through academic and career advisement
  • Explore a wide range of courses and programs outside of computer science in humanities, social science, music and the arts
  • Engage in the University’s Honors College
  • Save on tuition compared to that at most private universities



Additional Program Options

If you are interested in both computer science and mathematics, UAlbany also offers a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. If you want to further specialize in Data Analytics, you can pursue the BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics with a Data Analytics concentration.

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Interested in earning a graduate degree? Apply to the combined undergraduate/graduate program in your junior year and, if accepted, begin taking graduate-level coursework earlier than you would normally. Because you’re permitted to double-count up to 12 academic credits, you’ll complete your combined program in only 5 years. Plus, these 12 credits are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate. Contact your academic advisor for more information.


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Career Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor projects an 11 percent growth in employment of computer science graduates by 2024, the highest rate of all occupations. As computer science careers exist in manufacturing, finance, service, sales, health care, retail, government and more, you can pursue your interest in almost any industry.

Possible job titles include:

  • Systems Engineer
  • IT Project Manager
  • Computer/Network Security Consultant
  • Software Developer
  • Application programmers
  • Business intelligence analysts
  • Computer systems programmers
  • Computer security specialists

"The CS program not only prepared me for a career in computer science, it also motivated me to achieve the most I could in a field in which women are a minority. Through the opportunities for conducting undergraduate research, traveling and serving as a Teaching Assistant, I gained exposure that gave me confidence and a real perspective on what I can achieve in computer science."

– Akanksha Atrey, BS in Computer Science alum

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Science
  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions.

What Makes The University at Albany Great

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Living-Learning Communities

Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.

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Study Abroad

Become a global citizen: international experience is crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy.

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Undergraduate Research

Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.

Explore Minors

Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

Full List of Minors
  • Acting
  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Bioethics
  • Biology
  • Broadcast Meteorology
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  • Chinese Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Documentary Studies
  • Economics
  • Educational Studies
  • Electronics
  • Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • Financial Market Regulation
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Globalization Studies
  • Hebrew
  • History
  • Informatics
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  • Italian
  • Japanese Studies
  • Journalism
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  • Korean Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Law and Philosophy
  • Leadership
  • Legal Studies
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Library and Information Science
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  • Medical Anthropology
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Neuroscience
  • Organizational Studies
  • Philosophy
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  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Pre-Education
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  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Russian and Eastern European Studies
  • Social Welfare Studies
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  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Theatre
  • Theatrical Design/Technology
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • U.S. Latino Studies
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies