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Department of Computer Science
The University of Arizona
Gould-Simpson Building, 901
PO Box 210077
Tucson, AZ 85721-0077
Phone: (520) 621-4632
Fax: (520) 626-5997
Web: External Link Department Homepage

Offers courses in:

  • CSC - Computer Science

Degrees, Majors, Minors, Options and Certificates:

Baccalaureate Degree
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Accelerated Master's Program

  • Computer Science B.S. & M.S.
Graduate Degrees -- consult the Graduate Catalog or department office for details.
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Major and Degrees
  • Computer Science (B.S.*, M.S., Ph.D.)
    Computer Science Option (M.S.):
    • Professional Science
  • Computer Science M.S. and Business Administration M.B.A. Dual Degrees

Students may declare the following prior to admission to a degree granting program:

  • Pre-Computer Science

Undergraduate Minor

  • Computer Science Minor


The Department of Computer Science is in the College of Science.

Computer science is the body of knowledge dealing with the design, analysis, implementation, efficiency and application of algorithmic processes that transform information.

The Baccalaureate Program:

The baccalaureate program prepares students for careers developing computer applications and computer systems in science and industry, and prepares students for graduate study in computing. The program has three components: the pre-major, supporting science courses, and the major. All students are admitted to The University of Arizona as pre-computer science majors. Formal application for admission to the major is required after completing the pre-major course work. Admission to the major in Computer Science is competitive and based on academic performance prior to application.

  1. minimum of 3.000 cumulative GPA at The University of Arizona
  2. grades of A or B in all computer science and math courses
See the department's admission to the major web page for more details.

The department participates in the honors program.

The Accelerated Master's Program:

The Department of Computer Science offers an Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) which enables qualified and motivated undergraduates to complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science in 5 years. The B.S. and M.S. components dovetail in the students' fourth year, where they simultaneously complete their baccalaureate study and begin graduate work. Students complete their M.S. during their fifth year.

See the department's Accelerated Master's Program page for more details.

The Graduate Program:

The Master of Science (M.S.) program offers students strong academic preparation for work in industry and research. Most students complete a course work-based degree; students who are especially well-prepared may be approved for the thesis option. Students who successfully complete a M.S. degree may command a higher salary and positions with more authority and autonomy in the industry.

The Ph.D. program is designed to provide students with advanced course work and substantive research experience to allow them to be the leaders in industry and academe. There is a premium on producing original work presented at conferences or published in peer-reviewed journals. Students who successfully complete the Ph.D. program may go on to take leadership, entrepreneurial and scholarly positions.

For more information contact the department office listed above.


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