Computer scientists write software, create applications for phones and websites, and also engineer human-computer interfaces. Ultimately, computer science uses technology to solve problems and make life easier. If you want to enhance your programming skills, work to create exciting new technologies, and learn more about the place computing has in society, consider studying computer science. The University of Utah’s Computer Science program consists of courses in object-oriented programming, discrete mathematics, software engineering, computer organization, algorithms and data structures, software systems, and theory. Advanced courses in theoretical computer science, scientific computing, artificial intelligence, databases, operating systems, computer networks, programming languages, graphics, computer architecture, and digital design are also available as electives. The program’s culminating experience is a capstone, taking the form of a thesis or research project. For students seeking to enter gaming and animation, the program also offers an emphasis in Entertainment Arts & Engineering.
The Student Experience
To supplement your academic endeavors, consider gaining work experience as a teaching assistant, or join a computer science club: the iPhone Programmers Association, Robo-Utes, and the Association for Computing Machinery all provide students with networking and involvement opportunities. Students are also encouraged to complete undergraduate research projects or internships that will allow them to pursue an individual interest area and develop their professional skills.
The U’s computer science alumni have found employment as software developers, software engineers, java programmers, and mobile software and applications developers. If you enjoyed being a member of the iPhone Programmer’s Association, put that experience to work and write iPhone apps and software. Students can additionally find employment in database design and administration, systems analysis, web development, and human-computer interaction. Graduate programs in computer science, engineering, information systems, and other sciences are also possible.
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