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Bachelor Degrees in Computer Science
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What is Computer Science?

Computer science is the study of computers and computational systems. Most computer science degrees focus on robotics, machine learning, computational biology, and cybersecurity. Unlike electrical and computer engineers, computer scientists deal mostly with software and software systems including their theory, design, development, and application.

Computer science majors study areas like artificial intelligence, computer systems and networks, security, database systems, human computer interaction, vision and graphics, numerical analysis, programming languages, software engineering, bioinformatics, and theory of computing.

median salary for computer and research scientists (May 2018)
projected job growth by 2028
of computer and research scientists work in government sectors
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    What are the best computer science undergraduate colleges in the US?

    There are many top computer science universities in the USA for international students. Shorelight works with leading universities like the University of Illinois Chicago, UMass Boston, the University of Utah, and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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    What undergraduate computer science courses do colleges offer international students?

    A bachelor of science degree in computer technology in the USA covers interdisciplinary subjects designed to serve tech careers in nearly every industry. Courses offered include:

    • Algorithms

    • Artificial intelligence

    • Computer hardware

    • Computer programming

    • Mathematics

    • Operating systems

    • Software engineering

    International students applying for computer science courses in the US through Shorelight receive exclusive support services such as classes tailored to your academic level, English-language help, tutoring, and more. To learn more, please visit academic support for international students.

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    What requirements are needed to study undergraduate computer science in the US?

    Typically, entry requirements to apply for a bachelor of computer science in the USA include a high school diploma or equivalent with a sufficient minimum GPA, and English language proficiency.

    For a master’s in computer science, there is a requirement of a four-year bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study, English language proficiency, GRE score, and letters of recommendation. However, these requirements may vary depending on the university you hope to attend. When applying for a computer science degree program at a Shorelight university, you will receive dedicated application assistance from an advisor, English-language help, major and program assistance, and more. To learn more, please visit application assistance and international student services.

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    How many years does it take to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science in the US?

    Typically, it takes four years to earn a bachelor of computer science in the USA. A master’s degree in computer science usually requires one or two years to complete. However, the duration may vary depending on the degree program and the university you attend. Discover different options for bachelor’s and master’s degree programs by visiting bachelor’s degree programs or master’s degree programs in computer science.

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    What can you do with a bachelor of science degree in computer technology?

    With a bachelor of science degree in computer technology in the USA, international students have many career options. Job opportunities include:

    • Computer systems administrator

    • Database administrator

    • Data scientist

    • Network administrator

    • Network architect

    • Network engineer

    • Software engineer

    • Software developer

    • Software tester

    • Systems analyst

    • Web developer

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    Which undergraduate computer science degree is best for IT in the USA?

    There are many outstanding bachelor in CS programs at universities and colleges in the US. To make the best choice for you and your goals, compare universities and programs based on rankings, lab facilities, course content, and clubs and societies alongside alumni stories and testimonials. Look at alumni job placement, internship opportunities, and specializations/concentrations. Computer science degrees cover in-depth theoretical foundations of information and computation, information processing, coding, hardware, and more. A Shorelight advisor can help you build career development plans and choose the best computer science undergraduate colleges in the US.

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    How much does it cost to get a bachelor of computer science degree?

    Average tuition costs for a bachelor in CS can range from $16,835 to $49,612. Keep in mind that the tuition fee may vary depending on the university, program, and class formats (in person or online), among other factors. To learn more about tuition costs, scholarship programs, and other financial aid for a bachelor of science degree in computer technology in the USA, please visit the research and resources section.

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    Is computer science undergrad challenging?

    Like any degree, a computer science degree can be challenging depending on your interests, skills, and academic background. However, undergraduate programs in computer science in the US are designed to help students gain a well-rounded foundation by learning fundamentals first, then exploring more complex topics. This can make it less challenging for students with no prior knowledge in the field, while still offering more experienced students a valuable learning experience.

    A computer science degree can help students understand challenging concepts and principles related to the always-changing computer science field. Expert faculty at Shorelight universities provide a personalized learning environment that encourages students to work hard, stay focused, and excel in their studies. Students can also access exclusive academic support services over the course of their degree, including tutoring, English language support, additional learning resources, and more.