2016-2017 Catalog 
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2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science

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  • Professors: Terrance Boult (El Pomar Chair of Innovation and Security), Ching-Hua Chow, Jugal Kalita, Sudhanshu Semwal, and Xiaobo Zhou (Chair)
  • Professors Emeriti: Maria Augusteijn, Dushan Badal, Lewis Pinson, Robert Sebesta, Charles Shub, and Richard Wiener
  • Associate Professors: Tim Chamillard and Qing Yi
  • Assistant Professors:  Rory Lewis, Jia Rao, Jonathan Ventura, and Kristen Walcott-Justice
  • Instructors:  Pam Carter, Albert Glock, and Dana Wortman

Programs Coordinated by the Department

Minor in Computer Science  
Game Design Minor  
Game Programming Minor  
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science  
Bachelor of Innovation in Computer Science  
Bachelor of Innovation in Computer Science Security 
Bachelor of Innovation in Game Design and Development 
Software Engineering Certificate 
Information Assurance Certificate 
Secure Software Systems Certificate 
Master of Engineering in Information Assurance 
Master of Engineering in Software Engineering 
Master of Science in Computer Science 
Master of Science in Computer Science - Media Convergence, Games and Media Integration 
PhD Program in Engineering, Computer Science concentration or Security Concentration  

Computer Science Study

Computer science encompasses a relatively new body of knowledge that treats both theoretical foundations and practical applications of computers. Since the 1950s, significant human, financial, and physical resources have been directed toward the design and development of both less expensive and more powerful computers. These efforts have resulted in a wide variety of computers, ranging from microcomputers costing a few hundred dollars to multi-million dollar parallel processors.

Computer science has applications in virtually every major field, including banking, business administration and management, engineering, applied and pure mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, word-processing, database management, simulation, numerical analysis, statistics, games, robotics, medicine, animation, automobile and aviation industry, personal communication, and security.

The application of digital computers in all phases of our lives has created many career opportunities. The job market for graduates having a degree in computer science is strong and supported by clear trends for continued growth.

The UCCS curriculum in computer science presented in this Catalog is modern and rigorous. The Department of Computer Science takes great pride in emphasizing quality teaching supported by modern computer facilities. The UCCS curriculum in computer science also requires a concentration of related courses chosen by the student. This requirement is intended to insure that the graduates of the program will have a base of knowledge embracing a field where computers are applied.

BI Degree

UCCS offers the unique BITM (Bachelor of Innovation) degree in Computer Science, Computer Science Security and Game Design and Development. See http://innovation.uccs.edu for more information and sample degree plans in the Bachelor of Innovation.

BS Degree

UCCS offers a complete four-year program of study leading to a BS degree in computer science. The undergraduate curriculum provides students with theoretical foundations and practical experience in both hardware and software aspects of computers. The curriculum in computer science is integrated with courses in the sciences and the humanities to offer an education that is broad, yet of sufficient depth and relevance to enhance student employment opportunities upon graduation. As a degree program within a professional school of the university, the curriculum is based on the criterion that graduates are expected to function successfully in a professional employment environment immediately upon graduation.

Joint BS Degree

The Departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering jointly offer a BS Degree in Computer Engineering. This program is described in detail in the Electrical and Computer Engineering section.

Minor Program

UCCS also offers a flexible minor in computer science. The minor provides students the ability to formally supplement their study in other fields with a rigorous computer science background that will enhance employment opportunities after graduation.

General Courses

Students who do not intend to major or minor in computer science may take computer science courses to broaden their backgrounds and complement their degree curricula. Introductory courses CS 1000, 1010, 1020, 1030, 1040, 1050, 1060,1070 and 1090 are intended to make computer literacy and programming available to a broad class of students. CS1150 and 1450 are recommended for those who anticipate doing extensive computing in their student or professional careers.


The BSCS degree at UCCS is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET:

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