Degree: Bachelor of Science
Computer science at Union takes place within an interdisciplinary environment that mixes theory and practice and encourages creative problem solving.
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, including but not limited to visual arts, history, economics, music, biology, physics, psychology, languages, classics, and neuroscience.
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 College utilizes cloud-based High Performance Computing (HPC) resources to support research computing needs.
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.
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.
Introduction to the field of computer science with a robotics theme. Introduces students to algorithms, basic data structures and programming techniques. Students will build and program robots, exploring mobility, navigation, sensing and inter-robot communication.
Implementation and use of algorithms for computer graphics. Rendering and representation of 3D objects. Lighting, shading and texture mapping surfaces of 3D objects. Programming interactive graphics applications. Constructing 3D models of real-world objects
Modeling and simulation as they occur in and apply to a number of different disciplines. It will cover system dynamics models which address major systems that change with time, and cellular automaton simulations that look more narrowly at individuals affecting individuals.
The department's primary research lab is where you will explore human-computer interaction and conduct state of the art robotics research.