Degree Programs

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Engineering and Computation Building (ECB), Room 308, (907) 786-1900

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers courses covering the major areas of computer science. These courses constitute the basis for an undergraduate major that prepares students for a variety of professional and technical careers in business, industry and government, or for graduate work leading to advanced degrees. In addition, the department offers courses for students from other fields that will use computer science as a tool in their own areas.

The department offers two baccalaureate degrees in computer science: the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Computer Science and the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science. The BS includes an emphasis on science and mathematics while the BA allows the student to complement the computing curriculum with a broad spectrum of courses from multiple disciplines. The BS is recommended for those seeking to pursue a graduate degree in computer science.

Both the BA and the BS prepare the student to pursue a professional career in the computing field. The core computing curriculum is identical for both degrees and differ in the required support courses. The core of both degrees emphasizes broad fundamental principles of computer science and teaches the student the necessary skills to develop solutions using current or future technology. The core topics include computer programming, systems organization, software engineering, databases and theory. Upon completion of the core topics, the student may select electives that explore specific areas of computer science, such as computer graphics, architecture or intelligent systems.

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program Objectives

The computer science program has adopted the following educational program objectives for the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science. Graduates with these degrees will achieve some or all of these objectives within five years of graduation:

  1. Make contributions to the computing profession and apply computational solutions to solve real-world problems.
  2. Successfully adapt to changes in the field of computer science.
  3. Meet or exceed the expectations of their employers and professional mentors as computer science professionals and advance in their career.
  4. Be admitted to and successfully complete advanced degree programs.
  5. Contribute to the Alaska economy through their professional accomplishments in computing.

 

 

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering
(907) 786-1900
 

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Systems Engineering (BS CSE), and a Minor in Computer Systems Engineering. The baccalaureate program is fully accredited. Students are introduced to principles of mathematics and physics during the first two years of study along with introductory courses in fundamentals of computer hardware and programming. The third and fourth years consist of upper-division courses applicable to computer systems along with computer systems engineering electives in the area of the students’ interests. Students complete a project-oriented capstone course where they will apply their knowledge in computer systems engineering to solve challenging problems. Students also take courses on written and oral communication, humanities, social sciences and fine arts to improve their communication skills and to put their profession into a broader societal context.

Accreditation

The Bachelors of Science in computer systems engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program Objectives

  • Graduates are successful practitioners of computer engineering in a variety of industries, government agencies and research/academic institutions, serving the state of Alaska as well as national/international needs.
  • Graduates exhibit high standards regarding ethical behavior and social responsibility.
  • Graduates successfully engage in lifelong learning experiences such as graduate education, short courses, technical talks, conferences, training programs, community groups, and writing and/or publishing papers.

Preparation

While in high school, students can prepare for entering and succeeding in the university engineering program. In order to be the best prepared, students should complete the following high school courses with a minimum grade of C:

  • Algebra - 2 years
  • Chemistry - 1 year
  • English - 3 years
  • Physics - 1 year
  • Trigonometry - 1/2 year

Students successfully completing the above courses should be prepared to enroll in the first year of courses that count toward the engineering degree. Students without the above preparatory courses will need to take equivalent university courses before taking some of the first year of courses that count toward the engineering degree.