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Computer Science

UA’s Department of Computer Science offers dynamic programs for students interested in designing, implementing, testing and maintaining individual software applications, but also for students who want to develop and manage larger systems that integrate a wide range of components

The computer science undergraduate program consists of 120 hours of study, and it is designed to give a broad overview of the foundations of the discipline, focusing on fundamental concepts that can be applied in any environment and situation.

The University of Alabama Undergraduate Catalog is home to the most up-to-date curriculum and course information. For further information on our programs, please visit the College of Engineering section of the catalog. The College’s Academic Advising Center can assist current students with curriculum information.

Advising

Students are advised through the College of Engineering Academic Advising Center, the focal point for undergraduate students to efficiently get correct and timely information about courses needed to complete their education. The advising process is designed to ensure a timely completion of the degree, as well as satisfaction with the student’s overall academic experience.

Program Educational Objectives

For our B.S. degree program in computer science, the following set of educational objectives describes what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation.

  • Successfully engage in professional practice in the computing sciences or apply computer science tools to another field of interest;
  • Pursue advanced study in the computing sciences;
  • Regularly demonstrate their ability to contribute to society in a professional and ethical manner, communicate effectively, and work successfully in both independent and team environments.

Student Outcomes

The computer science undergraduate program, leading to a bachelor of science degree, is designed to enable students:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  2. An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  3. An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
  4. An ability to function effectively in teams to accomplish a common goal
  5. An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  6. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  7. An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society
  8. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
  9. An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice
  10. An ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices
  11. An ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity

Enrollment and Graduation Statistics

The University of Alabama Office of Institutional Research and Assessment maintains annual enrollment and graduate data for the programs in the College of Engineering. Please visit the OIRA Statistical Profiles website to find statistics for student enrollment, degrees awarded and faculty data.

For More Information

For additional questions about the undergraduate program, contact Dr. David Cordes.