Computer Science

Overview

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Southern Maine offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. Computer science courses concern the practice and the theory of solving problems by computer. More specifically, computer scientists build and analyze tools that allow complex problems to be solved. A component of computer science is the study and use of various programming languages, but computer science consists of much more than programming.

image of computer keyboardThe focus of the Computer Science program is software design, that is, how you design and build software to serve a purpose. Students will also have courses available to them in the areas of databases, graphics, artificial intelligence, robotics, operating systems and computer networks. The mathematical theory of computer science aids in determining the efficiency and correctness of algorithms and programs. In addition, a computer scientist must understand how computers are built and operate. The systematic application of general methods and computing technology to actual problems is the essence of Computer Science.

The undergraduate degree in computer science prepares students both for careers in the computing profession and for graduate study. Course requirements ensure that students receive instruction in both practical and theoretical aspects of computer science. The B.S. degree in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET (the accreditation body for engineering and technology).