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Bachelor of Science

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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Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Options


You can save time and money by beginning your graduate degree coursework while still enrolled as an undergraduate student. Up to 12 academic credits, billed at the undergraduate rate, will count towards both degrees – so you’ll complete your combined program in only 5 years and spend less than you would if you completed each program separately. Choose to combine your Computer Science undergraduate degree with the following graduate programs:

combined

MS in Computer Science
This master’s program provides advanced knowledge of computer theory and technology, with hands-on experience in areas such as intelligent systems, information security, software engineering, computer networks and data mining.
 

MS in Information Science 
This ALA-accredited master's program covers a broad range of interdisciplinary topics related to library science, information processing, information management and data analysis.

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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.

Potential job titles include:

  • Systems Engineer
  • IT Project Manager
  • Computer/Network Security Consultant
  • Software Developer
  • Application Programmer
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Computer Systems Programmer
  • Computer Security Specialist
Alumni Spotlight: Jonathan Rochelle '85

"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

Institutional Accreditation

UAlbany is fully accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

 

Academic Program Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science-Combined is currently in the process of seeking ABET accreditation.

Program Education Objectives
Graduates of the Computer Science-Combined program are expected to:

  • Establish themselves professionally, whether being employed as a computer scientist, pursuing an advanced degree, or following another career path of their choosing.
  • Advance professionally through life-long organized training and/or self-learning; and
  • Become socially responsible and exercise ethics, striving to apply science in service to society.


Student Outcomes:
The Student Outcomes for the Computer Science-Combined program are:

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

Note: The formatting and language as related to “learning objectives and outcomes” for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences are ABET specific and differ from our internal UAlbany academic assessment standards.

 

Enrollment and Graduation Data

BS Computer Science enrollment and graduation data for 2015-2021


View an accessible version of Table D-1 - Computer Science Program Enrollment and Graduation Data

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

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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.

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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.

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