Computer Science at UCCS

View of UCCS and Pikes Peak from the Engineering building

What is computer science?

Computer science encompasses a relatively new body of knowledge that treats both theoretical foundations and practical applications of computers. Since the 1950s, significant human, financial, and physical resources have been directed toward the design and development of both less expensive and more powerful computers. These efforts have resulted in a wide variety of computers, ranging from microcomputers costing a few hundred dollars to multi-million dollar parallel processors.

Why study computer science?

Computer science has applications in virtually every major field, including banking, business administration and management, engineering, applied and pure mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, word-processing, database management, simulation, numerical analysis, statistics, games, robotics, medicine, animation, automobile and aviation industry, personal communication, and security.  The application of digital computers in all phases of our lives has created many career opportunities. The job market for graduates having a degree in computer science is strong and supported by clear trends for continued growth.


The UCCS curriculum in computer science is modern and rigorous. The Department of Computer Science takes great pride in emphasizing quality teaching supported by modern computer facilities. The UCCS curriculum in computer science also requires a concentration of related courses chosen by the student. This requirement is intended to ensure that the graduates of the program will have a base of knowledge embracing a field where computers are applied.