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School of Computer Science and Mathematics

W.C. Morris Building, Room 222
Warrensburg, MO 64093
P:660-543-4930 F:660-543-8013
Dr. Xiaodong Yue, Department Chair

FAQ - Undergraduate

What is Computer Science?

Many people often equate the study of Computer Science to the study of computer programming (coding). Edsger Dijkstra - one of the pioneers of the Computer Science discipline once said, Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. Computer Science is a field that takes a broad approach to computing. Computer Science students acquire deep theoretical and technical knowledge concerning computing hardware and software. They learn to use a variety of operating systems, compilers, and computing languages and they learn to apply these tools in scientific, engineering, and business applications. Computer Science students take courses ranging from computer architecture through software project management.

What's unique about studying computer science at UCM?

Our CS program is flexible. Students begin taking CS courses in their first semester at UCM and then can specialize in 5 options (Option 1: Software Development, Option 2: Computer science, Option 3: Computer Networking, Option 4 Game Development and Option 5: Data Science). Students are the primary focus of our program. We have small class sizes which enable a good interaction between professors and students.

At the graduate level, students can earn a master's degree in computer science at UCM. We are proud to be the first and only Missouri public institution outside the University of Missouri system to offer an M.S. in Computer Science degree.

What kind of job can I get when I graduate?

Computer science graduates have a proven and consistent track record of being hired by top companies, including "powerhouse" computing companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, AT&T and Computer Associates, specialized high-technologies companies such as Boeing, Cerner, DST, Garmin, VMWare and Sprint as well as financial institutions such as UMB, Commerce Bank, AIG, MasterCard, Mutual of Omaha, All-State, Shelter Insurance and Scottrade. Some of our graduates are also hired by the federal government, and a growing number move on to graduate programs in computing or other disciplines.

Computer Science sounds interesting to me but I am not sure which option fits with my career goals?

Schedule a campus visit and we will be happy to talk with you one-on-one while you are here.

If you cannot visit campus, contact our program coordinator professor Belinda Copus or our school chair,
Dr. Xiaodong Yue.

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