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Computer systems engineering B.S.

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    Computer systems engineering B.S.

    Prepare for cutting-edge careers in technology with a bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering from UAA.

Explore the computer systems engineering bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

The Bachelor of Science in computer systems engineering program features extensive research and hands-on learning opportunities to prepare you for careers and graduate study in computer systems.

Learning outcomes in the computer systems engineering program
The computer systems engineering program provides a strong background in software development as well as hardware and electronic systems. In the second half of your bachelor’s degree program you can focus your project work on topics that fit your interests and career objectives. Small classes allow you to work closely with faculty who bring professional experience and a real-world career perspective to the coursework.

Research in computer systems engineering
Program faculty have diverse research experience in areas ranging from artificial intelligence to virtual reality. Recent projects include: 
  • Teaching machines to compress images for NASA, identify injuries from MRI brain scans and authenticate a subject based on eye-gaze patterns.  
  • Using computer vision to detect and track a moving tennis ball.
  • Working with computer network resiliency and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.
Computer systems engineering scholarships and financial aid
Experience academic excellence and exceptional value at UAA. The university offers a College of Engineering Scholarship as well as a number of private scholarships to help with tuition and education expenses. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Computer systems engineering B.S.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

Other program options: Minor in computer systems engineering

Did you know..

In 2016, computing graduates reported an average starting salary of more than $60,000.

What can you do with a computer systems engineering degree from UAA?

Prepare for graduate programs and careers around the world by earning a bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering from UAA.

Computer systems engineering graduate programs
Alumni from UAA’s computer systems engineering bachelor’s degree program have gone on to computer science graduate programs at CMU, USC, UCLA, Clemson, University of Utah, UAF and others. Some have also pursued graduate degrees in management.

Computer systems engineering careers
Alumni have gone on to work as software engineers, software developers, programmers and database administrators. Employers include Intel, Microsoft, IBM, the State of Alaska, Alaska Railroad, Alutiiq, Resource Data Inc., PangoMedia and other tech firms in the Anchorage area.

Computer systems engineering bachelor’s degree program highlights

The Bachelor of Science in computer systems engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. This program prepares you for high-demand careers in information technology through the following opportunities:
  • Gain real-world experience. Students gain hands-on job experience via semester-long paid internships with technology companies in Anchorage and around the nation.
  • Take part in undergraduate research. Work directly with faculty on research projects in a variety of fields related to computer technology.
  • Customize your program. Take advantage of opportunities to conduct project work that aligns with your interests and career goals.
  • Take part in clubs and activities on campus. These include the Robotics Club, the Computer Security Club and the Computer Science Club.
  • Access cutting-edge facilities and equipment. Study and work in the on-campus software engineering design lab.
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Computer systems engineering bachelor’s degree program curriculum

Like the computer science program, UAA’s computer systems engineering bachelor’s degree program provides training in software development but includes an additional emphasis on hardware and electronic systems. Core topics include computer organization and architecture, digital logic, embedded systems and electronic devices

Top classes for computer systems engineering majors

  • Computer Architecture: Learn more about the hardware and software of today’s computers, tablets, video game consoles and smartphones.
  • Machine Learning: Learn how a variety of machine learning algorithms work and apply them to all kinds of real-world problems.