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Computer Science



Computer Science


CS 520




Web Address:


Neil B. Harrison


Mission Statement

The mission of the Computer Science program at Utah Valley University is to qualify students to function as professional computer scientists, computer engineers, and software engineers in the workplace, and to enter appropriate graduate programs. Graduates will be committed to lifelong learning and empowered with the intellectual and ethical foundations necessary to make responsible decisions.


Computer Science



  • Computer Science - Computer Science Emphasis:
  • Todd Peterson
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  • Computer Science - Computer Networking Emphasis:
  • David Heldenbrand
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Four four-year bachelor degrees are offered: Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Engineering. The Computer Science degree (BS-CS) is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and offers two areas of emphasis: Computer Science and Computer Networking. The Computer Science degree conforms to the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) joint model curriculum; the Software Engineering degree conforms to the IEEE Computer Society’s Software Engineering Body of Knowledge; and the  Computer Engineering degree conforms to the IEEE Computer Society’s Computer Engineering Body of Knowledge.

Note: Students may earn only one BS Degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering. Additional degrees will not be awarded for completing subsequent BS-CS areas of emphasis.

Requirements for Certificate of Completion (Programmer), Associate in Science in Computer Science (AS-CS) and Associate in Applied Science in Computer Science (AAS-CS) with emphasis in Computer Engineering and in Computing and Networking Sciences degrees are included within the BS degree requirements. Students majoring in Computer Science degrees are encouraged to review these degrees and apply for them when they have met the requirements. The Computer Engineering degree (BS-CE) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Classroom instruction is supported by well-equipped computer labs.

Career Opportunities

Degrees offered by the Computer Science Department prepare students for rewarding career opportunities in many different fields. Occupations available to graduates of our programs are consistently listed as among the highest paid and most in demand, and the long-term employment outlook is currently excellent.


Computer Science is committed to adequately preparing students for their intended career path. Thus, they encourage internship opportunities that provide students with applied knowledge to complement the theory learned in the classroom, and also enhances their resumes and marketability upon graduation.


Degrees & Programs