The Computer Science major at the University of Central Arkansas will provide you with a current, comprehensive education in the cutting-edge technologies and applications of computer systems, processes, and software – from scientific theories to solution design and development of real world applications. Our program is certified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), ensuring that your faculty are at the top of their field, the curriculum meets the highest standards in the discipline, and you will be favorably considered for graduate programs and employment opportunities. We are also the only program in the state to offer a five-year BS/MS combined degree program, which allows outstanding students to receive graduate credits while completing their Baccalaureate degree in Computer Science.
As a Computer Science major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:
- Expert Faculty with national and international recognition. They are deeply committed to your success, providing individual academic attention, mentoring, and valuable professional connections throughout the scientific and technology communities.
- Hands-On Learning with numerous opportunities for undergraduate research (individual, team, or faculty-led), in fields like web-programming, data mining, software design, mobile app creation, bioinformatics, internet security, and video game creation. Students are also encouraged to participate in regional and national conferences and competitions, such as the Microsoft Imaging Cup, at which our student software design team placed third nationally in 2011. Additionally, the National Science Foundation sponsors the Research Experience for Undergraduates Project, a nine-week collaborative research program hosted annually on the UCA campus.
- Professional Development through participation in UCA student organizations like the Computer Science Club, which promotes student engagement with peers, faculty, and professionals through a variety of events, both on and off campus. Just some of the events include: game night, programming contests, security hacking, field trips to computer-related sites (such as Acxiom and HP), and numerous social mixers for club members. Our students also have great internship opportunities at top companies, including HP, Acxiom, and Wal-Mart, as well as IT startups and state government agencies. These transformative placements provide students with valuable experience, professional contacts, a proven work record, and can lead to permanent job placements.
- Employment Opportunities are excellent in burgeoning technology fields such as software engineering, IT solutions development, IT management, systems engineering, computer security consultation, software development, systems analysis, network engineering, web design, video game development, and other lucrative and dynamic careers in growing and new fields of computing. Our program boasts a 100% job placement rate for recent alumni, with some receiving multiple job offers prior to graduation.
To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Computer Science major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit our website: http://uca.edu/computerscience/undergraduate-degree-program/ and our Facebook page: http://facebook.com/UCACSCI.