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Why Study Computer Science?

Are you interested in computers — what they do, how they work, and maybe most importantly what they could do that they don't do now? Do you want to build the tools of the future — help keep sensitive data safe, make a new video editing platform, or create the next must-have app? Are you a builder, a designer, a dreamer, or a problem solver? Are you interested in a career foiling cybercrime, conducting crime scene searches of computers or solving cases by examining digital evidence?

If you answer yes to any of that, Computer Science is the department for you.

Think About Your Future

Interested in Research?

Check out our research opportunities for undergraduates.

Computers are at the center of everyday life. Knowing how they work and understanding how to improve and even transform them are skills valuable to many future careers. With a degree in Computer Science, you can design programs to track medical epidemics, analyze climate data, or track voter behavior. You can develop software, keep sensitive databases secure, or even help send people to Mars. With a degree in digital forensics you will learn about how to discover, recover, analyze, and present in court information that has been stored on digital devices used during illegal activities.

Continuing your Studies in our Graduate Programs

To expedite your passage into our graduate programs for CS undergraduates, we are presently offering automatic acceptance into all MS graduate programs in the Department of Computer Science (MSCS, MSDS, MSCyber) as follows:

  • MSCS and MSDS for BSCS graduates with 3.0 GPA,
  • MS Cybersecurity for any of our undergraduate majors (BSCS, BACS, BSDF, BIOI) with 3.0 GPA.

We will also waive the application fee.

For administrative reasons, you must still apply for the program that you wish to enter (MS Computer Science, MS Data Science, or MS Cybersecurity), using the following link (which also contains details):

Why Study at UAB?

UAB students in a computer lab.
  • You'll have access to computing laboratories equipped with Microsoft Windows-based workstations, and specialized laboratories for networking using LINUX/Intel workstations. And you'll be able to apply for access to the Alabama Supercomputer Center.
  • The research of today leads to the products of tomorrow. The department sponsors seminars on cutting edge research, giving you the chance to hear outstanding guest lecturers along with local graduate students and faculty. These seminars are open to all students in the department and you may even receive credit for attending.
  • You can join the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, the oldest and largest professional society for computer professionals.

Want to Know More?

Explore the website to learn about the B.A. major, the ABET-accredited B.S. major, the B.S. in Digital Forensics, the CS minor, the honors program, research opportunities, advising, tutoring, and the many other resources we offer so you can get the most out of your UAB education. If you have questions, e-mail the program at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fill out the form on the Contact Us page.

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