What you can do with this degree

It’s never been a better time to major in Computer Science. The demand for skilled individuals in software design and architecture is exploding, with job growth topping 100% annually in various specialties. The growing need for cyber security and information assurance in both government and private industry makes Computer Science still the most revolutionary science or engineering field of the last forty years and the next fifty.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 62% of the growth in jobs in science-related fields will be in computer science between now and 2020.  (American Association for the Advancement of Science, March 2013)

State Farm Insurance, with corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois, includes UIS on its elite list of college computer science programs. That means the insurance giant provides guest lecturers, targets UIS students for internships, and recruits graduates.

Career Paths

Systems Analyst
Database Administrator
Software Designer
Systems Engineer
Network Engineer
Information Assurance and Systems Security Analyst

Cyber Security

The Computer Science Department has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) Program. The goal of these programs is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in IA and producing a growing number of professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines.

Students attending these designated schools are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program. See your academic advisor for more information.


internshipsUIS has a long history of working with students to place them in internships that provide a valuable active learning experience in their field of interest.

UIS and Coastline CC will help you explore your options.  Contact your academic advisor once enrolled.

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