DEPARTMENT OF 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.

The Computer Science program focuses on software design- how you design and build software to serve a purpose. Students will also have courses available to them in 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 operated. The essence of Computer Science is the systematic application of general methods and computing technology to actual problems.

The undergraduate degree in computer science prepares students both for careers in the computing professions and graduate study. Course requirements ensure students receive instruction in both practical and theoretical aspects of computer science.