Angel Rivera
Chair of Computer Science
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Bachelor of Science Degree


Computer Science Major

Program Details

The Utica College computer science department follows a curriculum recommended by the Association for Computing Machinery. ACM is the oldest organization of computer professionals and establishes the guidelines used by most colleges. Computer science majors at Utica College pursue concentrations in one of three areas: business applications, scientific applications, or computer security.

Foundations in the theory of computer science, including data models, structures, and algorithms. Prepares students for a wide range of careers, including knowledge engineering, virtual reality, aerospace, computer security, and business.

Program Features

* One of only two Security concentrations in New York state
* Opportunities to intern with local , high-tech sites such as Rome Labs, the primary research facility for the U.S. Air Force.
* Access to the on-campus Computer Forensics Research and Development Center, which supports the military, law enforcement, and commercial industry in the prevention and detection of economic crime
* Individual attention from faculty with extensive experience in business, industry, and government
* Follows guidelines provided by the Association for Computing Machinery, the nation's oldest professional organization for computer scientists

Special Opportunities

Computer science majors work closely with the criminal justice department's Economic Crime Investigation Institute (ECII) to keep the curriculum in the forefront of computer and network security.

The Economic Crime Investigation Laboratory at UC is unique in the country and is used by both computer science and economic crime investigation majors to get hands-on experience working with computer security.


Utica College maintains many academic computer laboratories on campus. Classes are taught in some of the computer labs; all labs are accessible to any UC student during published hours. The labs are equipped with laser printers and scanners, and the computers have word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs as well as specialized software for specific courses. Student assistants and a Computer Help Desk provide any assistance that students need.


While the curriculum is excellent, the real strength of the program is its faculty. There are four full-time department professors: Professor Janice Huss, Professor Ron LaBella, Dr. Angel Rivera, and Dr. John Kim. They have a significant experience with computer systems and continue to share their professional knowledge with students both in and out of the classroom.


There are many opportunities for paid work experiences related to the computer science field. They include part time positions during the semester with full-time work in the summer. Among the organizations actively recruiting our students for co-op positions are IBM, New York Power Authority, Air Force Research Lab, and PAR Technologies. There are also many relevant and interesting work experiences available on campus.

Career Opportunities

Perhaps one of the best indications of the strength of the faculty and curriculum is the success of Utica College's graduates. Alumni have gone on to employment in knowledge engineering, virtual reality, aerospace, NASA, computer security, business, and many other related fields.

Academic Program


The major in computer science will prepare the student to work with computers and develop systems utilizing the computer in areas of science, industry, civil service, and education. For those desiring more specialization, the program is a sound preparation for graduate study in computer science.

There are three concentrations that can be taken to meet the major-related requirements of the computer science major.

The Scientific Concentration is intended for the science and technology oriented student. The mathematical background obtained will prepare the graduate to handle analytical problems and systems requiring a scientific preparation and mathematical sophistication.

The Business Concentration is intended for the student who needs less mathematical sophistication and who intends to work primarily in areas where the computer is applied to business or non-mathematical problems.

The Computer Security Concentration is intended for the student who is interested in pursuing a career that focuses on protecting information within both government and private sectors.

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Total credit hours required for degree: 128


(See also General Education Core)

Course Credit Hours Year Taken
Core 34-55  
Major Course Requirements
Computer Science 101 Computer Science I 3 1
Computer Science 102 Computer Science II 3 1
Computer Science 201 Discrete Mathematics I 3 1
Computer Science 301 Discrete Mathematics II 3 2
Computer Science 303 Computer Organization and Programming 4 2
Computer Science 316 Object-Oriented Programming 3 2
Computer Science 322 Data Structures and Algorithms 3 3
Computer Science 323 Introduction to Networks 3 3,4
Computer Science 325 Programming Languages 3 3,4
Computer Science 343 Database Systems 4 3,4
Computer Science 425 Operating System Concepts 3 3,4
Computer Science 433 Software Engineering 3 4
Major-Related Courses
Mathematics 201 Calculus I 3 1,2
Mathematics 202 Calculus II 3 1,2
Philosophy 108 Professional Ethics 3 2,3
Students must choose one of three concentrations:

Scientific Concentration
Mathematics 301 Calculus III 3 2,3
Mathematics 321 Probability and Statistics 3 3,4
Mathematics 331 Linear Algebra 3 3,4
Physics 261 Physics I 4 1,2
Physics 262 Physics II 4 1,2

Business Concentration
Mathematics 112 Basic Statistics 3 1,2
Economics 241 Statistics 3 1,2
Accounting 201 Financial Accounting 3 1,2
Economics 141 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 1,2
Finance 333 Corporation Finance 3 2,3
Management 101 Introduction to Contemporary Business 3 2,3

Computer Security Concentration
Mathematics 112 Basic Statistics 3 1,2
Economics 241 Statistics 3 1,2
Criminal Justice 333 Information Security 3 2,3
Criminal Justice 335 Cybercrime Law & Investigations 3 2,3
Criminal Justice 435 Computer Forensics 3 3,4
Computer Science 432 Computer and Network Security 4 4
The student must compete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for this degree, and at least 60 credit hours of the 128 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences.