Computer Science

Bachelor's Degree Program

Earn your computer science degree from a personal, hands-on program accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. UAF’s emphasis on real-world learning and small-class environments ensures you’ll gain practical experience both in and beyond the classroom to prepare for employment in a high-demand profession.

Work closely with world-renowned faculty on specialized research projects. Enjoy access to state-of-the-art labs and gain a high level of technical programming knowledge, including with C++ language. Get career experience through student design teams and have the opportunity to compete nationally in the NASA Lunabotics Competition and the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

You’ll graduate as a high-demand candidate whose résumé will catch the eyes of employers: UAF has a 100% job placement for computer science graduates.

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Why Study Computer Science at UAF?

Computer science majors at the University of Alaska Fairbanks gain extensive practical experience and access industry standard labs, equipment and software programming. With affordable tuition, an emphasis on professional experience and a high level of technical programming knowledge, our computer science program produces graduates who are in high demand in Alaska and nationwide. Here are more reasons to earn your bachelor’s in computer science at UAF.

Get professional experience in your field

  • Write an algorithm to allow an autonomous LIDAR-equipped robot to navigate unknown terrain. Develop software to visualize and analyze the spread of an infectious disease. Design, build and test a new computer game. The computer science degree develops practical skills through hands-on experience in the design, implementation and validation of computer systems.

Access state-of-the-art labs and compete in student clubs

  • As a computer science major, you’ll have access to our state-of-the-art labs and the opportunity join student organizations, including our Computer Security Club, Game Development Club and NASA Lunabotics Competition Team. Compete nationally against other student teams in everything from robot building to interactive game development.

 

Learn from award-winning faculty and conduct research

  • Our faculty have won prizes from NASA for building a novel 3D printer from recyclable plastic and dusty regolith; built the parallel volume rendering infrastructure for the Hayden Planetarium’s Orion Nebula Fly-Through, seen by millions of people each year; and include experts on the mathematics of novel graph coloring problems.
  • As a computer science major, you’ll collaborate with faculty and conduct research in multiple subject areas such as computer security, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, robotics, simulation, databases, parallel computation and more.

 

Earn your bachelors and master’s degree in computer science in just five years

 

What Can You Do With Your Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science?

Computer scientists write and program software, create applications for mobile devices and develop websites. Our computer science graduates find employment in Alaska and across the country: UAF has a 100% job placement for computer science graduates.

Career outlook for computer science majors

With a computer science degree from UAF, you’ll be in high demand in Alaska and nationwide. Our graduates work for leading companies and organizations, including self-driving car company PolySync and the FBI.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of computer scientists is projected to grow 19% from 2016 to 2026.

What is the salary of a computer scientist?

Based on recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer scientists earn an average salary of $118,370.

 

 

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