A computer science degree not only prepares you to design and build software but also provides you with the skills to address broad issues such as developing innovative ways to send data over networks. Training in computer science also enables you to work as part of a team in a vast number of areas, including robotics, computer vision and digital forensics.
You’ll find computer science careers in virtually every industry: from finance to Web design to software development. Computer scientists work on data security, data mining, computer graphics, robotics, artificial intelligence, modeling, game design, animation, biotechnology and much more.
What all of these computer science careers have in common is the foundation in mathematics our curriculum provides at the start. Then we build upon that with an ample selection of courses in the core areas of the discipline.
Computer science requires strong high school preparation. A minimum of elementary algebra and geometry should be completed, while trigonometry, calculus, physics and chemistry are highly recommended. Any Advanced Placement courses in computer science or advanced technology are a plus. Additional subjects in high school should include English, social studies and the arts, and solid communication skills are very important since most computer science professionals work as part of a team.
One of the largest departments of its kind in the country, the Computer Science Department at UT Dallas features an internationally recognized faculty, nearly 1,500 students and a 150,000-square-foot building with modern classrooms and state-of-the-art laboratories.
The core of the bachelor’s degree curriculum in computer science includes programming methodologies, the analysis of algorithms and data structures and the study of operating systems. The curriculum continues with courses in advanced data structures, programming languages and automata theory, culminating in a challenging project course in which students demonstrate the use of computer science techniques. We also offer a rich choice of application areas, including digital systems design, computer networks, embedded systems, computer imaging, artificial intelligence and cognitive modeling and human-computer interaction.
The Erik Jonsson School operates one of the largest internship and cooperative education programs of its kind, averaging more than 500 student placements a year at Dallas-area high-tech companies, including Texas Instruments, Research In Motion, Raytheon, Alcatel-Lucent and Tektronix.
The Fast-Track Program enables exceptionally gifted undergraduate students to include master’s level courses in their undergraduate degree plans. When Fast-Track students graduate with a bachelor’s degree, they are automatically admitted to graduate school at UT Dallas. The hours required to complete the master’s degree are reduced by the number of Fast-Track graduate hours completed. So a Fast-Track undergraduate who passed 12 hours of graduate coursework would have only 21 hours of graduate coursework left in order to complete a master’s degree.
Strategically located in the Telecom Corridor, home of the second-largest high-tech economy in the U.S., the Jonsson School recently completed a major public-private initiative that greatly expanded its capabilities and included construction of a new state-of-the-art 192,000-square-foot interdisciplinary research building.
With more than 140 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, 4,800 students, and $43 million in research funding, the Jonsson School has six academic departments:
In addition, the school recently added a minor in nanoscience and technology.
Bachelor of Science: Biomedical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, telecommunications engineering
Master of Science: Biomedical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, systems engineering and management, telecommunications engineering
Doctor of Philosophy: Biomedical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, telecommunications engineering
Research efforts under way at the school involve such cutting-edge technology as:
Read what recent Jonsson School graduates think about their education and how it prepared them to be successful in their subsequent careers:
Department of Computer Science
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, EC-31
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021