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Why Computer & Information Science

A computer science degree is not about mastering the latest software or the trendiest technology. It’s about graduating with knowledge and skills that you can build on for the rest of your life.

The science of computing is investigated from complex mathematical algorithms, through mnemonic code, translated to binary base and realized in real-world applications. In the Department of Computer and Information Science at IUPUI, applications of computer science range from biological and life sciences to software development--involving every aspect of life from homeland security to archiving cultural heritage. Here, you'll develop and use innovative problem solving techniques to tackle the toughest technology challenges.

Computer science touches all other degrees and fields. We're at the heart of everything!

Why Study Computer Science?

Computer science is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. In fact, by 2018 almost 75% of new science and engineering jobs will be in computer science.

With a degree in computer science from IUPUI, you'll be prepared for these jobs and for lifetime of interesting and important work. From medicine and industry to the arts, you'll know how to collaborate with the best minds and how to turn theory into reality. And because you'll graduate with a deep understanding of the fundamentals that underlie all computer technology, you will also be ready to adapt to changes in the marketplace. 

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What Is the Computer Science Department like?

You'll receive the personal attention and support you need to be successful. Full-time faculty, not graduate students, will teach all your required courses, and even your introductory classes will usually have fewer than 50 students. Your advanced classes will have just 10-15 students, and you'll work closely with your professors. The department maintains a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.

All students, including undergraduates, are exposed to research opportunities. Students at all levels often work one-on-one with talented senior faculty to conduct research and expand knowledge in the discipline.

Qualities and Skills of a Computer Scientist

  • Communication and Quantitative Skills (PUL*)
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (PUL*)
  • Detail Oriented
  • Inquisitive
  • Observational and Investigative Skills
  • Professional Values and Ethics (PUL*)
  • Team Oriented
  • Understanding of Relationships and Interaction

*PUL = Principles of Undergraduate Learning define a set of abilities and skills that undergraduate students are expected to master. They reflect the expertise that graduate and professional schools and the workforce are seeking.

What Careers are Available in Computer Science?

Here's what our 2014 graduates are doing with their degrees:

  • Software Engineer for Allegiant (BS)
  • Computational Intelligence Scientist for Geisinger Health System (PhD)
  • Software Engineer for Esri (MS)
  • Software Engineer for SalesForce (MS)
  • Security Researcher for Cisco (BS)
  • Developer for Developer Town (BS)
  • Automation Engineer for Apple (BS)
  • Associate Software Quality Assurance at Pearson Education (MS)
  • Automation Engineer for Interactive Intelligence (BS)
  • Software Developer for Duke Realty (BS)
  • Laboratory Information Systems Specialist for Ochard Software (BS)
  • Application Consultant for Wonderware North (BS)
  • Software Developer for Axia Technology Partners (BS)
  • Software Developer for Hewlett Packard (MS)
  • Programmer Anaylst for Leeyo Software
  • Senior Software Engineer for Motorola (MS)
  • Software Engineer for Cummins (MS)

8.6% of the 2014 graduates went on to graduate school and are currently enrolled the following programs:

  • Information Technology at Carnegie Mellon University (MS)
  • Computer Science at Dartmouth College (MS)
  • Computer and Information Science at IUPUI (PhD) (4)

Occupational Outlook and Average Salary

Employment for computer scientists is expected to grow much faster than average compared to all other occupations for the 2008-2018 decade and job prospects are excellent. Employment for computer scientists is projected to increase by 24% partly due to the rapid growth in computer systems design and related services industry, as well as the software publishing industry, which are projected to be among the fastest growing industries in the U.S. economy. (2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

According to the most recent data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual salaries for computer scientists were $97,970 and computer software engineers were $85,430. Starting salaries for computer software engineers with a bachelor's degree in the Indianapolis area vary, but have been between $50,000-$60,000.

With a wide range of career options for Computer Science majors, salary can differ depending on the position. For specific salary data, refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook at or ONET.

Pre-Professional & Career Preparation (PREPs)

The School of Science Office of Pre-Professional and Career Preparation (PREPs) for Science students offers career and professional development related to academic and career planning to help translate professional goals into reality.

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“Seeing an entire virtual world was immensely satisfying and my interviews with Google were heavily focused on topics I learned at IUPUI."

Samuel Beckman Computer Science, Undergraduate
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