Professor Joseph Kizza, Head
The Computer Science and Engineering program provides the B.S. degree in computer science. Computer science majors take at least a 46-hour sequence of computer science courses and take additional courses in an area of concentration. The concentration of study augments the computer science courses and is a specialization in which the student can apply his or her knowledge of computers. Five concentrations are available: Software Systems, Scientific Applications, Data Science, STEM Education, and Information Security and Assurance.
The computer engineering program embodies the realm of computer engineering applications. A thorough understanding of computer organization and architecture and the interaction between hardware and software is emphasized. The students’ experiences culminate in a two-semester computer engineering team project.
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga prepares students for productive and challenging careers in computer science, engineering and information technology, and to function as leaders in a technological society. The department exists as the region’s principal resource for educational, research, continuing professional education, and service programs in computer science, computer engineering, data science and information security and assurance. In these programs, emphasis is on communication and problem solving competencies, and on the applications of basic theory and design.
Within three years after graduation, our students will be on successful career paths in computer science or closely related fields as evidenced by such items as employment and promotions in a computer science or related position, entry into graduate school, and continuing education in the field.
Admission to the Computer Science Program
Students entering UTC who intend to major in Computer Science should be enrolled as pre-majors. For admissions to the Computer Science program, pre-majors must have completed MATH 1720 and CPSC 1100 with minimum grades of C. Only after meeting the course completion requirements or obtaining a written waive from the Computer Science and Engineering department head will students be allowed to change their major to any of the Computer Science concentrations.
The undergraduate Computer Science program concentration in Software Systems, Scientific Applications and Information Security and Assurance are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET Inc. (111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, Telephone: (410) 347-7700), the accrediting agency for computing programs. The Engineering: Computer, B.S.E., is accredited under the General Engineering program by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET Inc.