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Computer ScienceBS, BS/MS

Computer Science

Major in computer science

When you major in computer science, you'll learn how to use computers to solve society's problems. You'll explore new visions of computing for the 21st century, while gaining a strong background in computer hardware and software and a substantial amount of hands-on experience.

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You'll be prepared to work in the computer industry and in business, in careers that have high growth and earning potential. You may work as a computer scientist, software engineer, database administrator, computer support specialist or system administrator. You'll also be well-prepared to continue your studies at the graduate level.

The Computer & Information Science Department also offers a bachelor's degree in computer science with an option in software engineering: the systematic approach to the development, operation, and maintenance of software.

Designing a better world

Computer scientists harness technology and imagination to make everything work better.


  • Dell EMC
  • General Dynamics
  • Global Aquaculture Alliance
  • Mission Stems
  • Naval Undersea Warfare Systems

Graduate schools

  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Texas, San Antonio
  • Northeastern University
  • McGill University (Canada)

Career placements

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Lifespan
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Mathworks Inc
  • Ocean Spray Cranberries
  • Oracle
  • Microsoft
  • Putnam Investments

Our computer science curriculum is object-oriented, lab-intensive, and directed toward software development. You'll supplement your studies with work in specialized labs and on our network of state-of-the-art workstations.

Computer and information science differs from computer engineering in its emphasis on software, the methodologies of computing, and the study of the powerful programming languages. You'll choose from courses in programming, program design, computer languages, algorithms, artificial intelligence, computer architecture, computer graphics, computer networks, databases, game design, human-computer interaction operating systems, parallel computing, robotics, and software engineering.

For the BS in computer and information science, you'll complete 60 credits in computer science courses and a total of 120 credits overall.

Software Engineering option

The department offers a BS degree in computer science with an option in software engineering: the systematic approach to the development, operation, and maintenance of software.

Software engineers analyze, design, and program software and are concerned with issues that play a vital role in software development.

If you are interested in large-scale commercial software development or in managing software projects, this option may be right for you. Learn more

Computer Science: Learn about the structure, methodologies, and trends in computer science. For the minor, you'll complete 21 credit hours in CIS courses.

Computer Game Design: Learn how to develop video games, independent of platform. For the minor, you'll complete 20 credits in computer science courses.

Mobile Applications Development: Learn how to develop and market applications for mobile devices. For the minor, you'll complete 17 credits in computer science courses.

UMass Dartmouth offers a great transfer experience for students who:

  • have graduated from an accredited community college, or
  • have earned college credits from an accredited college or university

Transfer Admissions

with advanced study


Haiping Xu

Professor / Chairperson
Computer & Information Science
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