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Computer Science: The UDC Edge

Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, the University of the District of Columbia is an affordable and high quality educational option, attentive to your needs and committed to your success. UDC features one of the largest computer science and information technology departments of any university in the D.C. area.

Our program emphasizes hands-on, research-oriented learning. The STEM Center for Research and Development is a valuable resource for computer science students and others in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines seeking research opportunities and an enriched learning environment. You also have the opportunity to use your computer science knowledge on projects in other fields, such as civil engineering.

 

Bachelor's Degree (BS) in Computer Science

Technology is changing at a rapid pace, particularly online.  There is a constant stream of new software applications and websites helping us live more informed, connected lives. But even the greatest success stories among them were born simply of an idea and the skill to see it through. With a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of the District of Columbia, your idea could be the next big thing.
With an emphasis on research and an appreciation for entrepreneurial thinking, we will teach you how to design software that efficiently meets a range of user needs while adhering to best practices.

The program is accredited by the Computing  Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. (http://www.abet.org)

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Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Computer Science Program

You must complete a minimum of 122 credit hours of course work to earn the bachelor's degree in computer science. Topics covered in the computer science curriculum include:

  • Web development
  • Cryptography
  • Visualization
  • Digital forensics
  • Compiler design
  • Multimedia programming and design
  • Database systems design

Download curriculum requirements for computer science majors [PDF]

Download the complete undergraduate course listing [PDF]

In June 2011, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology received certification from the National Security Agency to issue CNSS certifications for information systems security professionals and senior system managers. To receive the certificate along with your degree, you must complete ten required courses.

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Computer Science Program

Every February, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences hosts a week of special events to inspire current and future engineers at UDC. Engineers Week includes lab visits, project presentations, networking opportunities and other events sponsored by student groups and affiliated organizations.

Student groups for computer science students at UDC include:

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Computer Science Program

Dr. Byunggu Yu, Ph.D., is chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia, where he has taught since 2007. Dr. Yu is director of both the Informatics Lab and the Assurance Research Center for Trusted Information (ARCTIC), which funded by grants from the National Science Foundation. His areas of research interest include databases, information storage and retrieval, data modeling and informatics.

Career Pathways and Prospects

Computer science professionals are in high demand, and a computer science degree from UDC will prepare you for career opportunities in both the private and public sector. You can find UDC School of Engineering and Applied Sciences alumni working at Google, the D.C. Metropolitan Transit Authority, the U.S. Patent Office, NASA, Xerox, Motorola, Northwest Airlines, Cisco, AT&T and the National Institutes of Health, to name a few.

You may also choose to pursue doctoral study at institutions such as Howard University, George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

Contact info:

Byungg Yu, Associate Professor and Department Chair

E: byu@udc.edu | T: 202.274.6278