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Computer Science Minor

From business-critical computer programs to games and phone apps, technology is essential to people of all ages. This makes software development skills beneficial even when your major isn’t technology-specific. At the University of Central Missouri, you’ll get this invaluable — and versatile — training as part of our Computer Science minor. 

UCM’s minor in Computer Science complements many undergraduate degrees, including:

  • Cybersecurity, BS
  • Software Engineering, BS
  • Information Technology, BS
  • Secondary Education, BSE: Mathematics
  • Mathematics, BS
  • Actuarial Science and Statistics, BS

A flexible, affordable education that enhances your resume

Broaden your career opportunities when you add the tremendous value of a Computer Science minor to your degree. While UCM’s history in Computer Science dates back to 1968, your education will center on the latest technologies and tools, and you can study at the locations most convenient for you. Take all your classes on our Warrensburg campus, or take select courses online. We offer several classes at our Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit for additional options. You’ll enjoy the flexibility we provide at UCM, as well as some of the nation’s most affordable tuition rates.

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Best-value Computer Science school in MO

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On-campus and online course offerings

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Hands-on programming classes

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Access to top-of-the-line software

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Among state’s largest Comp Sci programs

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Network with software developers

What you will study

Get started in software development with two hands-on computer programming classes and a data structures course. After you have this foundation for your Computer Science minor, you’ll select what interests you most from an extensive list of electives. Even better, you’ll have the opportunity to specialize your minor for the greatest impact on your career. Some popular pathways include:

  • A specific programming language
  • Game development
  • Software engineering
  • Cyber security

Complete your Computer Science minor in as few as two to three semesters. Our classes are sized just right for direct, personalized support from faculty and collaborative projects with peers.


Excellence in Computer Science

  • #1: Most Focused College for Computer Science in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 3.5%: Most Focused Colleges for Computer Science (College Factual, 2022)
  • #1: Most Popular Colleges for Computer Science in Missouri  (College Factual, 2022) 
  • Top 4%: Most Popular Colleges for Computer Science (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 15%: Best Value Colleges for Computer Science (College Facutal, 2021)
  • Ranked: Best Computer Science Degrees (, 2021)


Unique learning opportunities in computer science

Get the maximum value from your minor in Computer Science at the University of Central Missouri. We help ensure that you develop valuable skills and support for your professional success through benefits such as:

  • State-of-the-art facilities: Get hands-on programming experience and learn new skills in UCM’s six computer classrooms, which are regularly updated and host languages and tools in high demand in the industry. You’ll also have access to two study areas for computer science students, as well as lounges and a computer lab. 
  • Free resources: Continue your work at home when you take advantage of UCM’s major software license agreement, which lets you download and install licensed software — at no cost — to your personal computer.
  • Network with industry professionals: Gain real-world experience in the classroom when you interact with high-tech industries through projects that apply your software development skills. You’ll participate in competitions sponsored by industry partners, such as the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Code-A-Thon, which also provide valuable networking opportunities.
  • Get involved with student organizations: Join UCM’s student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery or earn your spot in Upsilon Pi Epsilon, an international honor society for Computing and Information students. You can learn from guest speakers who work in software development, attend regional and national conferences and participate in state and national programming competitions to enhance your education and college experience.


What can you do with a minor in Computer Science from UCM?

Gain experience and skills that give you an advantage over other job candidates with a Computer Science minor from the University of Central Missouri. Consider the impact your software development knowledge can have in these fields:

  • Cybersecurity: Advise software developers on ways to make software and applications more secure and even handle some of the development yourself.
  • Mathematics education: Expand your knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics and enhance your value to school administrators.
  • Actuarial science: Create apps to manage and analyze data and streamline business operations.

Enhance your major with a Computer Science minor

UCM’s Computer Science program faculty are available to help you understand how a Computer Science minor can strengthen your major area of study. To see what a career in computer science can look like, use the interactive tool below.




Financial assistance options for your Computer Science minor

If you’re ready to take steps to get the most out of your college education and reach your career goals, the University of Central Missouri puts a high-caliber education within your reach. We have some of the nation’s most affordable tuition rates and we’re a top-ranked university by LendEDU for our low student debt. We also offer options to help finance your degree.

Are scholarships available to me?

Use the UCM Scholarship Finder to learn more — you may qualify for scholarships offered by UCM, alumni, industry partners and other supporters.


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Explore programs related to computer science.

If you’re interested in computer science, consider the value these other UCM minors could add to your undergraduate studies:


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