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College of Engineering

Computer Science

Cybersecurity certificate available

as of Fall 2018

$64,981 average starting salary

Class of 2017 Mean Starting Salary

National Association of Colleges and Employers

128

total credit hours

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Dr. Brent Seales

Professor and Chair

Department of Computer Science

College of Engineering

102 Davis Marksbury Building

Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0633

Program website

(859) 257-3063

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Computer scientists identify and solve computational problems in all areas of modern life. They use a combination of technical skills and creativity to design and build software, formulate solutions to computing problems and invent new and better ways of using computers. The discipline of computer science has many challenging, interesting and socially important careers that appeal to a diverse range of people. Computer scientists are not only employed by software companies but also by health care companies, government agencies and educational institutions. In short, the computer science profession is multifaceted and has wide-ranging applications. Computers are continually changing, so those who choose a career in computer science will become life-long learners and will always be on the cutting edge of new trends in technology.

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Program Your Future

At the University of Kentucky, you will be taught by professors who are recognized leaders in their respective fields and are outstanding teachers. The Department of Computer Science was recently ranked 30th among U.S. Ph.D.-granting universities and 16th among public universities by Academic Analytics™. Department of Computer Science professors and instructors are readily available both inside and outside the classroom to discuss course material, emerging topics of research in computer science and the computing profession.

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  • Software development
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  • Medicine
  • Telecommunications
  • Digital media
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Admission Requirements

Students may directly enroll as pre-engineering students; however, there are minimum admission requirements. Minimum freshman entry requirements are an ACT Math score of 23 or higher or a SAT Math score of 540 or higher. Additionally, students must also meet the minimum Kentucky statewide academic readiness requirements for reading and writing. If you do not meet the initial admission requirements, please refer to the University of Kentucky Bulletin for alternative routes to admission to the College of Engineering.


First-Year Engineering Program

The smartest, most talented engineers around the world are devoting themselves to tackling immense global challenges. As a First-Year Engineering (FYE) student, you get to join them!

In 2008, the National Academy of Engineering identified 14 “Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century”—opportunities to greatly increase humanity’s sustainability, health, security and joy of living. Themes include making solar energy economical, enhancing virtual reality, reverse-engineering the brain, securing cyberspace, providing access to clean water and more.

These ambitious goals demand engineers roll up their sleeves and get to work, which is why we put them front and center during your first year as an engineering student. We have designed the FYE program to inspire you. We want you to discover your passion. We want you to explore where you might make your unique contribution. We want you to get your hands dirty and make stuff that might, one day, lead to a breakthrough.

Why wait until you’re taking upper-level classes to figure out what interests you? Through real engineering classes taught by top faculty and exposure to engineering’s greatest challenges, the FYE program gets you into the game from day one.


Curriculum Information 

In addition to fulfilling UK Core and College of Engineering requirements, students must complete the Computer Science curriculum. The following curriculum meets the requirements for the B.S. degree.

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Experiential Education

Growth and learning also happen outside the classroom. It happens in research labs working alongside professors and graduate students. It happens on student design teams in the capstone design courses. It happens on cooperative education rotations and internships with companies all over the country. There are also numerous education abroad programs. The Engineering Career Development Office provides students valuable assistance in developing job, co-op and internship search skills, facilitates placement for education abroad programs and research opportunities and helps with career network development so you can secure a rewarding career in your chosen field of study

Student Involvement

Learning also happens in student organizations, on field trips, and on community service projects. Computer Science students can get involved with the Association for Computing Machinery, Dot Diva, CatHacks, Tau Beta Pi, the Society of Women Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, and others.


College of Engineering News

Computer science major Stephen Parsons making the most of his undergraduate research opportunity: http://uknow.uky.edu/content/what%E2%80%99s-next-fusing-interests-undergraduate-research

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Imagine Your Future

Software Developers

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$97,990

per year in 2014

Number of Jobs

1.11m

in 2014

10 Year Job Outlook

186,600

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Many software developers work for firms that deal in computer systems design and related services or for software publishers.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
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  • Computer Programmers
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Database Administrators
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Mathematicians
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Web Developers

Enhancing Your Time at UK

There are countless ways to “see blue.” on campus, but the best way to maximize your journey at the University of Kentucky is by engaging in an Education Abroad opportunity.

This will allow you to gain a global perspective and enhance future employability. As you take the first step towards investing in your future, we encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities UK has to offer. Take a look at some of the options UK Education Abroad & Exchanges office suggests to complement your major! #SeeBlueAbroad

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Dr. Brent Seales

Professor and Chair

Department of Computer Science

College of Engineering

102 Davis Marksbury Building

Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0633

(859) 257-3063

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