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About Computer Science

As society becomes immersed in the Information Age, the computing discipline has become an integral aspect of our world today. Computer scientists are more than just programmers. They work to solve problems from all walks of life. One may be involved in science exploring the mysteries of the universe and another may be involved in medical research. A computer scientist may be solving problems with engineers in design and implementation projects while another makes extensive use of computers in music, art, or business information processing.

Because computer science is ever-changing and closely interacts with other disciplines, it is important that computer science programs encompass a broad range of topics, such as programming and programming languages, hardware and software systems design, and formal languages and computation theory. The computer science degree programs at Baylor represent these topics in its curriculum.

A major strength of the programs is the balance between practice and theory. Some classes collaborate with local companies on projects. Students apply theory to solve real problems, gaining valuable experience while the company gains an inside track for hiring graduates experienced in its industry.

The curriculum is modeled on the standards of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the professional society for computer science. The department enjoys an excellent record in placing its graduates in industry and the top graduate schools.

Hallmarks of the Department of Computer Science at Baylor are similar to programs across the campus: individual advising, a highly-qualified faculty, small classes, and a commitment to undergraduate education.

A broad-based liberal arts background that students receive from Baylor adds polish to the breadth of computer science areas represented in the department. Group projects, technical writing, and individual presentations enhance skills necessary for success in the ever-expanding areas of computer applications.

Most faculty members have industrial and consulting experience in addition to Ph.D. degrees. Faculty and students enhance their knowledge of computer science by participating in professional organizations and activities.

The Department of Computer Science prepares students for these roles by offering a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.S.C.S.) degree, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major in Computer Science, a Bachelor of Science in Informatics (B.S.I.) degree with a major in bioinformatics, a Master of Science in Computer Science, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science.

A Computer Science minor is offered for students in other programs.

The Department of Computer Science supports the Mission of the School of Engineering and Computer Science.