Computing impacts nearly every part of our lives—and is continuing to expand. As a computer scientist, you have the opportunity to play a key role in advancements across many areas including energy, health, security, sustainability and education.
To enable computing for various applications, ranging from networking, gaming, search engines and web services, computer scientists will participate in the design and development of software systems and work to ensure correctness, efficiency, safety and scalability of software operations.
Computer scientists are the creators behind computer software systems. It is a fast-growing field where you can devise and develop new ways to use computers and solve computing problems. Computer scientists may work on applications in artificial intelligence, database systems, information security, social networks, computer games and robotics.
The increasing demand for computer software across all industries—from specific applications in healthcare to concerns over cybersecurity—offers a breadth of opportunities for computer scientists.
At ASU, you’ll learn theoretical issues, software development and system design. You’ll work in state-of-the-art computer labs and multimedia classrooms. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world problems, helping faculty researchers design effective computing solutions for emerging and challenging problems in modern society.
The Computer Science, B.S. program at Arizona State University is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Student enrollment and graduation data are available at engineering.asu.edu/factbook/data.
Computer Science can be pursued as an accelerated 4+1 degree. Accelerated 4+1 programs combine advanced undergraduate course work with graduate course work, enabling students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree within five years. Interested? Learn more about accelerated 4+1 degrees.
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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Final – July 1
Priority – October 15
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Financing Your Education
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Be sure to check out Fulton Schools’ scholarships available to both new and continuing students at engineering.asu.edu/scholarships.
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
Computer Science Degree
Bachelor’s of Science
with concentrations in Information Assurance and Software Engineering.
Location Tempe campus Tempe, Arizona
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Alexandra, a computer science major in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, has worked as a Helios Scholar at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) for the past two summers and was mentored by Muhammed Murtaza of TGen.
“I learned about next generation sequencing and high performance computing techniques to process, organize and analyze large amounts of raw DNA sequencing data,” Alexandra said. “I created a workflow of aligning raw sequence reads to the reference canine genome and assess quality of sequencing results.”
In her work, she is learning more about the dog genome, how cancers develop in dogs and leverage this knowledge to develop better treatment options for dogs and for humans.
She is currently working on identifying genetic alterations in cancer tissue and in blood samples.
“One of the biggest challenges of working with sequencing in dogs is determining what genes and molecular pathways are affected by the mutations we find, since there is little previous study on the canine genome.
Growing up, Alexandra’s primary interest was in healthcare and life sciences. After taking her first programming class in high school, she wanted to continue learning computer science and engineering, which led her to the Fulton Schools.
“I loved the idea that computing technology is so relevant in any field, including health, so all through college I’ve looked for ways to combine my two passions in research and projects. In genomics research, computer scientists/bioinformaticians are needed to help the biologists produce, manage, and analyze, all the data that comes from sequencing.”
TGen, located in downtown Phoenix, is a non-profit research institute with a focus on studying human diseases at the molecular level, including individual genomes, in order to develop precision treatments and therapies for patients.
“I have been very grateful to work at TGen with its scientists, professors and education and outreach team, all of whom help provide experience in awesome research, as well as professional development within the scientific community,” said Alexandra.
Want to learn more about computer science? Take a look at this video from Code.org and learn why everyone benefits from programming skills.