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Computer Science - Option 1: Software Development BS

CS@UCM - Prepare for Career Success

Prepare for success with a Software Development degree from the University of Central Missouri.

UCM's Computer Science (CS) Program has more than 45 years history of academic excellence. UCM has one of the largest Computer Science departments in the state of Missouri. This exciting and growing department has a balanced approach to teaching and scholarly activities. In addition to Software Development major, we offer undergraduate programs in Computer Science, Computer Networking, Game Development, and Data Science.

Students who complete the program go on to careers as software engineers, programmers, project managers, designers, consultants, or architects who create software as well as computer specialists who administrate database and networking systems.

The program curricula provide hands-on training in computer science, software development and systems design, and are designed according to the Association for Computing Machinery curricula guidelines. We provide an unmatched education to students in the region, and we're proud of it. With the demand for qualified technical personnel far exceeding the available supply, the opportunities awaiting computer science graduates are nearly limitless.

What will I study?

Software Development emphasizes development of real world applications, from the ground up. You will be equipped to solve a wide variety of problems in industry by using skills in applications development, many programming languages, such as C# and .NET, Java, C, HTML, JavaScript, and Visual Basic. Design and creation of advanced applications and large systems solutions utilizing database technology, operating systems, secure programming, networking, and software engineering are the focus of this option.

Experienced Faculty

All permanent computer science and software engineering faculty have a Ph.D. degree in computer science, software engineering, or closely related areas. They conduct both theoretical and applied research in their own areas and publish their research results on major research journals. In addition, they also travel to give technical talks at various national/international conferences. They are committed to deliver today’s technology to students.

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Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Numerous scholarships are available specifically for Computer Science majors.  In addition, there are paid opportunities to work as a tutor or teaching assistant.  For a full list of scholarships visit

For Entering Freshman

Scholarship Name

Minimum Criteria for Eligibility

Computer Science Achievement Award 1. major in Computer Science
2. ACT >= 23
3. high school GPA 3.5 or higher


1. major in Computer Science or Electronics (preference given to double major)
2. completed 3 units of mathematics and or computer science in high school
3. ACT >= 23
4. Missouri resident


1. declare a major in the department
2. enroll in at least 12 s.h. each semester at UCM

Software Engineering Achievement Award 1. major in Software Engineering
2. ACT >= 23
3. high school GPA 3.5 or higher

For Current Students

Scholarship Name

Minimum Criteria for Eligibility


1. major in Computer Science
2. ACM member
3. enroll in at least 12 s.h. each semester at UCM


1. second/third year at UCM
2. major in computer science/mathematics
3. GPA >=3.5 (mathematics courses), GPA >= 3.3 (all course)
4. show promise in pursuing post-graduate study
5. demonstrate financial need
Computer Science Achievement Award 1. major in Computer Science
2. GPA 3.2 or higher


1. major in Computer Science
2. enroll in at least 12 s.h. each semester at UCM


1. major in Computer Science or Electronics (preference given to double major)
2. GPA >= 3.0
3. Missouri resident


1. major in the department
2. junior or senior class
3. GPA >= 3.0 in the major
4. enroll in at least 12 s.h. each semester at UCM
Software Engineering Achievement Award 1. major in Software Engineering
2. GPA 3.2 or higher


Computing Facilities

The program has state-of-the-art computing labs to support both instruction and research needs. The main lab for computer science program consists of forty Dell computers running both Linux and Microsoft windows operating systems. Six computer classrooms, with more than thirty computers each, are ideal for upper classes and special lab sessions. Lab computers are upgraded regularly. Three student common areas provide a space for students to collaborate on homework and projects, as well as relax between classes. These rooms are conveniently located near faculty offices to help establish a community of learners.

The program strives to provide our students with the latest technologies. We offer both Windows and Linux platforms so that our students are well-prepared for a career as a software professional under those two leading industry-standard platforms. The program is a member of the Microsoft Imagine, Oracle Academy and VMWare Academic Program.

Get involved!

Explore Computer Science outside the classroom by joining a Computer Science student organization. These include:

  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon, an honor society for Computing and Information disciplines, and
  • a student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery
By participating in these organizations, you will learn from guest speakers, attend regional and national conferences, and participate in state and/or national programming

Careers in Computer Science

Computer Science job market is booming. Demand for computer professionals in the United States and Missouri grows faster than universities can produce graduates. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Software Developer as the No. 1 of the best jobs in America 2019. Many computer related occupations are also on the list. It is not surprised that Kiplinger recently also ranked Computer Science as the No. 1 best college majors for a lucrative career. Glassdoor ranks Data Scientist as the No. 1 of the best job in America 2019. Graduates from computer science programs have long known that CS leads to great jobs and careers.

Here at University of Central Missouri, the job placement of our graduates is excellent. According to the recent report from the Office of Career Services at UCM, our computer science students are among the most successful in finding jobs. Our computer science graduates are employed in companies such as Microsoft, Garmin, Amazon, AT&T, Boeing, VMWare, UMB, Commerce Bank, Cerner, DST, Sprint, Mastercard, Hallmark, YRC Worldwide, Honeywell, Mutual of Omaha, All-State, Huber and Associates, Shelter Insurance, AIG, Computer Associates International, Busch, Scottrade, etc.

Finally, money talks! According to the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) 2019 salary survey, Computer Science is one of the most lucrative college degree with an average salary of $67,539 for new college graduates. The typical average starting salary for UCM computer science graduates is between $55K and $65K in recent years.

Completion Program at Lee's Summit

The school offers completion programs for a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science - Software Development Option and Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering at UCM - Lee's Summit. For more information, please contact Professor Belinda Copus at

UCM Esports

School of Computer Science and Mathematics sponsors UCM Esports team. For more information, please visit the following link.

UCM Esports


Dr. Belinda Copus
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
WCM 206C
Tel: (660) 543-4354
Fax: (660) 543-8013


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