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Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Do you want to know how to design and program the computers powering some of today’s greatest innovations? Ever wondered how your phone knows where the nearest Starbucks is, how Google’s self-driving car is even possible, or how your music and photos live in the cloud? Maybe you want to know how cybersecurity techniques protect consumers and businesses. If you are curious about these or other technology-related issues, consider joining us in this hands-on, learn-by-doing Computer Science & Computer Information Systems program.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the AUM College of Sciences will prepare you for a career in computer programming, networking, database management, multimedia design or technology architecture. In our program you will network with the private sector with hands-on experience with our national and international partners. You will use the most advanced digital resources in the world – the National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment.

The Computer Science & Computer Information Systems faculty is engaged in the private sector, supporting research and partnerships with national and international user groups and initiatives, so you’ll learn from experts that can teach you to create solutions to real-world problems.

Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 667,600 new jobs.

The program is designed to provide a solid foundation necessary for graduates to succeed in the computer industry and in graduate studies. In addition to obtaining general computer science training, you will learn multi-core architectures and programming. High Performance Computing is the main theme of this degree program.

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The Know How

What you will know with a Computer Science & Computer Information Systems degree from AUM

We Prepare You To Be The Leader

Know why computer science is a priority for all genders, social classes, and ethnicities.

We Give You A Positive Framework For Serving

Know how computer science allows us to predict hurricanes, tornadoes, outbreaks of crime and helps us to manage emergencies.

We Set The Bar For Ethics

Know why the programs and systems you build are good for humanity.

We Set The Trend For Sustainable Goals

Know how computational sustainability uses smart grids to implement renewable resources and to control production and use of energy.

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Game Plan for Success

Your GPS is an academic tracker that provides a step-by-step guide to graduating on time.

Points of Pride

  • You’ll have access to the most powerful computational resources and expertise in the country through our partnership with the NSF-supported Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment.
  • The Computer Science & Computer Information Systems faculty is engaged in the private sector, supporting research and partnerships with national and international user groups and initiatives.

Soaring Warhawks

  • Jonathon Henson is a Software Development Engineer for Amazon.
  • Manal Abdalla earned an internship at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Customize Your Degree

  • Choose to double major in Mathematics or Management.
  • Add a minor (like  ​Statistics) that could help you excel on the job or in graduate school.
  • Apply to the University Honors Program, a diverse community of students who take classes together, work on community service projects, and travel the U.S. and abroad.
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Check out our Career Discovery Board on this page to begin exploring your options. Contact us for a personal conversation so we can get the answers you need.

If a student is interested in coding, computer science would be a good choice. If the student likes organizing and storing data, the IT path is a better choice.

Yes, math is an essential component to the computer science program of study. Without a good understanding of math concepts, it would be difficult to understand algorithms and data structures.

Computer science is a challenging course of study. But if you are willing to invest your time, you will likely be successful in learning the discipline.

Degree Options

Is a Degree in Computer Science & Computer Information Systems right for me?

With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.

Career/Job TitleEntry-level Education RequirementsJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
Web DeveloperBachelor's Degree 8% (Faster than average)$77,200
Computer Information Research Scientist Master's Degree15% (Much faster than average)$126,830
Network ArchitectBachelor's Degree5% (Faster than average$116,780
Software EngineerBachelor's Degree20% (Much faster than average)$110,140
Information Security AnalystBachelor's Degree 31% (Much faster than average)$103,590

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Quick Facts

College of Sciences

At AUM’s College of Sciences, you will have hands-on learning experiences, working side by side with scholars and researchers using state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment.

Our academic departments include Biology and Environmental Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Psychology. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Official Name of the Computer Science Degree

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science


This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

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Required Courses

To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, computer science and computer information systems, and electives. Contact the Computer Science department for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course NumberCourse NameWhat you will know…
CSCI 4400Distributed Computing How does iCloud talk to your computer? Know how the brain or the CPU of the computer is accessed by distributed systems. Know how these systems work together to talk to an idle CPU.
CSCI 3600AlgorithmsHow can a webmaster get his website to be in the top ten Google searches? By understanding algorithms. Know how to design and implement an algorithm.
CSCI 2000Functional Programming C++Get ready to learn a new language. Learn C++, a programming language often called the “Swiss pocket knife of languages” because it is a general purpose language.
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