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The Department of Computer Science is committed to providing three comprehensive undergraduate degrees (B.S. B.S., B.S. and B.A.) that provide a solid foundation in computer science, data science, and cyber security and prepares students for a successful career. The curricula includes theory and programming and provides ample opportunities for undergraduate research and experiential learning and senior projects.
Design and develop tomorrow's solutions
UND’s computer science program offers a truly unique experience that gives you the opportunity to:
- Develop expertise in cybersecurity and big data
- Collaborate with engineering students from all disciplines
- Transform robotic systems using 3D printing
- Analyze imagery and data from unmanned and manned flight systems
- Create new systems for use in the medical field
- Develop web and mobile apps for computers and mobile devices
- Influence the design of systems for aerospace, including satellites
What is a computer scientist?
Today practically everything runs on software and everyone is a computer user. But a computer scientist must be more than just a user, as computer science is a science of problem solving. Computer scientists must model and analyze problems, design solutions, and verify that they are correct. To do this you need to master the basics: programming languages, data structures, software design, and computer architecture. However, there are many other topics of importance: computer graphics, computational complexity, human-computer interfaces, software engineering, databases, and artificial intelligence.
Why UND Computer Science?
Many colleges and universities offer an undergraduate degree in computer sciences, so why should you choose the University of North Dakota?
- All of our faculty conduct research which is incorporated into their course materials and activities.
- Teaching and research are supported by two computer labs, a set of diverse servers, and a high-performance computing (HPC) system.
- We offer a B.S. and a B.A. in Computer Science to meet the different learning strengths of students. While both degrees have nearly identical computer science coverage, the B.S. requires more math, while the B.A. requires more liberal arts (and less math). Graduates of both degrees are sought after by regional employers.
- We offer a B.S. in Data Science that includes the same foundation as our Computer Science degree, but replaces the math component with business analytics. As opposed to the traditional computer science program, the upper level courses then focus on data science, cloud computing, and high performance computing.
- We offer (jointly with Electrical Engineering) a B.S. in Cyber Security.
- We offer extensive real-world learning opportunities. Our students conduct research, develop software, and manage computer systems for many UND schools and departments, including Medicine, Chemistry, Engineering, Aviation, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Atmospheric Sciences, Biology, and the Computational Research Center. Our students are even developing, from scratch, the systems required to fabricate, launch, and operate a CubeSat-class spacecraft.