Computer Science Degree

Computer Science is an exciting and constantly evolving field with virtually unlimited growth. With a major in computer science, you’re limited only by your imagination. Whether you want to create the next hot application or analyze medical data for cancer research, studying computing will give you a competitive edge, the ability to solve complex problems, and a career that will never be obsolete. Given the incredibly high demand from companies for today’s computer science students, considering a major in Computer Science is a sound investment.

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UTSA’s Computer Science Program

Let’s face it, computer technology touches just about every part of our lives today—from the cars we drive, to the shows we watch, to the ways businesses and governments deal with us. Understanding how to identify and solve real-world problems using technology is at the core of Computer Science and is highly sought after in today’s job market.

At UTSA, you can earn a Computer Science degree with optional concentrations in Cloud and Systems, Cyber Security, Data Science, Software Engineering, or the highly specialized Cyber Operations track. Concentrations and tracks are declared after you’ve been admitted and have met with your academic advisor. Students who successfully complete a concentration/track will have the designation recorded on their transcript in addition to receiving their regular Bachelor of Science in Computer Science diploma.

Don’t have any programming or coding experience? That’s OK! Our undergraduate program is designed so no prior programming experience is necessary, as students will learn basic programming and how to write/understand code throughout their coursework. In this program, you’ll obtain a deep understanding of computers, the inner workings of software and the application of computer technology to real-world problems. After earning your degree you’ll be able to pursue careers in industry, government or even graduate studies.

The National Security Agency (NSA) designated UTSA’s Computer Science department as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Education in 2018. UTSA is one of only 20 institutions to receive this designation, which recognizes the ability to thoroughly prepare workforce-ready professionals to protect the nation’s information infrastructure.

The UTSA Computer Science department also offers a Certificate in Pathogenic Outbreak Investigations for students in biology, information systems, computer science and computer engineering disciplines to investigate biological and digital pathogen identification, propagation prediction and mitigation.

Already set on another major? You can still pursue a Minor in Computer Science, which would give you the technical concepts, tools, and computer programming skills that can be applied to a variety of careers and will serve as a competitive advantage in a crowded job market.

Department Resources

The Department of Computer Science has a strong commitment to student success and offers numerous department-wide programs to promote student achievement and career preparation, from jumpstart workshops, career development sessions, tutoring services, scholarships and much more.

And don’t think the learning experience stops when you leave the classroom, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in student activities and clubs. You can test your skills in hackathons such as UTSA RowdyHacks, ACM Programming Contests, and Capture the Flag competitions where you compete against teams from other universities. Or prove your cyber security expertise in the Cyber Panoply and Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) against other college students in the U.S. and around the world.

Careers in Computer Science

Top job titles for Computer science graduates include:

• Computer Support Specialist
• Network Admin
• Network/Systems Support Specialist

Computer science and its related career pathways are currently in higher than average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include San Francisco, CA, Baltimore, MD, and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 Computer science-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

The Department of Computer Science has a strong commitment to student success and offers numerous department-wide programs to promote student achievement and career preparation, from jumpstart workshops, career development sessions, tutoring services, scholarships and much more.

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Industries for Computer Science Graduates

Computer science is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of Computer science-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Employment Services
• Computer Systems Design
• Higher Education
• National Security
• Government
• General Hospitals
• Software Publishers

Salaries for Computer Science Graduates

The salary range for open accounting-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $39,181
median $64,515
top 10% $95,007

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Computer Science Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Computer science graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Computer science may be a good fit for you if:

• You like solving puzzles and problems
• You enjoy working with others
• You enjoy learning
• You are a good planner
• You are good with technology

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