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Department of Computer Science
Steinmetz Hall 208
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 388-6401
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Computer Science

Computer science at Union is an interdisciplinary culture of creative problem solving that mixes theory and practice.

Alvin Andino '15

"I want to learn as much as I can about artificial intelligence, robotics, parallel computing. I love the research I'm doing, working to get a robot to recognize human gestures."

Alvin Andino '15

Our program prepares students for a range of future opportunities. Here you can choose to major in CS or pursue an interdepartmental major that combines CS with another field. You can also minor in CS, computational methods or digital media.

You will explore the field through a variety of mid-level and upper-level electives, including web programming, game development, language processing, modeling and simulation, robotics, visualization, parallel computing, user interfaces and bioinformatics.

There are also many options for combining computer science with other subjects, such as electrical and computer engineering, visual arts, biology and neuroscience.

All computer science majors do an individual or team capstone project, which may lead to honors theses. There are ample opportunities to intern with major companies and engage in independent research, including Union summer research fellowships. Students may become members of Sigma Xi national scientific research society.

Our equipment and facilities are top-notch, with three computer labs available 24/7 to students. Want to use your own laptop or tablet? Sure, there's Wi-Fi all over campus. We also have a laboratory for robotics and human-computer interaction (the CRoCHET Lab – Collaborative Robotics and Computer-Human Empirical Testing).  

Need more power? The department of computer science owns a 60-CPU cluster computer, and the College owns an IBM parallel machine with more than 1000 CPUs.

Complementing your academics is the chance to participate in Virtual Union. This student group runs one of the larger computer systems on campus, maintains student web pages, and gives students a chance to learn about and do system administration and web development.

Our CS students graduate with a strong knowledge base and a wealth of experience that prepares them for a very promising job market. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that computing is the field with the greatest potential for growth.