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Meet a University of Texas at Tyler Graduate

From Student to Software Developer

Colby Hearn

“When I graduated from UT Tyler I went straight into my job as a software developer at The Genesis Group. Because of the excellent hands-on training I received at UT Tyler, I was able to dive right into my new job without any handholding.

“Instantly, I realized what a great education I had received. UT Tyler not only gave me the technical skills I need today, but also helped me learn how to work effectively on team projects. The communications skills I gained through the CS program are a big help in my customer relations work—and especially valuable when I’ve been asked to staff the Genesis booth at trade shows.

“I like where the computer science program at UT Tyler has gone in recent years. The real-world experience students receive is invaluable. It is an outstanding education at an affordable price.”

Colby Hearn, Henderson, TX
BS Computer Science, 2007

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For more information, check out the UT Tyler Department of Computer Science.

Computer Science BS Degree

Prepare for a Career in Computing — One of the Fastest-Growing Fields

Get the knowledge and expertise you need to excel in information technology with a BS in computer science from The University of Texas at Tyler. You’ll gain hands-on experience and be ready to immediately work with programming languages, diverse operating systems and emerging technologies.

  • Complete a comprehensive college curriculum that prepares you for work in a wide variety of computing environments. You’ll also receive a sound foundation in communications, problem-solving and other core competencies to become a well-rounded computing professional.
  • Get hands-on opportunities for significant individual and team-oriented design projects in every course.
  • Choose to earn your secondary teacher certification in computer science for additional career opportunities in education.
  • Earn CNSS 4011 and 4012 computer security certifications, which meet federal employment requirements. The Department of Computer Science meets federal security standards and has been approved to award certifications by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) and the National Security Agency (NSA).

Graduates of the UT Tyler computer science program are employed in such locations as: The Trane Corp., Brookshire Grocery Co., city of Tyler, Trinity Mother Frances Health System, East Texas Medical Center, NASA, Carrier Corp., PersonalWeb, Microsoft, Oracle, Bell Helicopter and Genesis World.

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Computer Science Bachelor's : Practical. Forward-Thinking.

  • Complete a 150-hour internship that can lead to post-graduation employment. CS students have interned with such employers as: American Standard, Carrier Corp., NASA, Genesis World, PersonalWeb, city of Tyler and Trinity Mother Frances Health System.
  • Gain specialized experience in specific areas such as computer security, UNIX, artificial intelligence and computer programming languages.
  • Learn from guest speakers who are pioneering IT in such leading organizations as NASA, Bell Helicopter and Brookshire Grocery Co. and in health care at Tyler-area hospitals.
  • Network with computing professionals through student membership in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

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Computer Science Faculty: IT Experts. Gifted Teachers.

  • Get individualized instruction and mentoring in classes that average just 15 students.
  • Work side-by-side with your college professors on exciting research projects to learn new skills and prepare for graduate studies in the field.
  • Learn from professors who have had extensive experience as computing professionals with such top companies as Bridgestone and AT&T.

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Computer Science Courses: Hands-On. Career-Focused.

Software Development – Get an intensive, implementation-oriented introduction to the software development techniques used to create medium-scale interactive applications, focusing on the use of large object-oriented libraries to create well-designed graphical user interfaces. Topics include event-driven programming, computer graphics, human-computer interaction (HCI) and graphical user interfaces.

Seminar in Computer Science This course is designed to study current trends in computer science. Past seminars have explored smartphone programming and medical informatics.

Capstone Project – Students integrate their knowledge of the undergraduate computer science curriculum by implementing a significant software system as part of a programming team.

Computer Security – This course gives a complete coverage of cryptography, network protocols and their use in computer security. This includes an overview of symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic algorithms and their use for authentication, e- mail and e-commerce. Network security protocols covered include Kerberos, SET and SMIME.

More about UT Tyler’s computer science program of study

Also see The University of Texas at Tyler master’s degree in computer science

Career Outlook for Computer Computer Science
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for computer network systems administrators is expected to increase by 30% in the next few years, which is decidedly faster than growth anticipated in other sectors. Employment prospects for network systems and data communications analysts look even more favorable with an expected 53% job growth. For more information, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - Network and Computer Systems Administrators.

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