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Computer Science Minor

Increase your potential

Computers impact nearly all areas of human endeavor. A Computer Science minor offers the opportunity to enhance your major by studying those aspects of computer science that may enrich your major or just to explore a fascinating discipline. With a minor in computer science, you will increase your potential for employment or acceptance to graduate programs.

What classes will I take?

There are 3 required classes: 

  • CS 1100—Computer Programming I
  • CS 1110—Computer Programming II, and
  • CS 2300—Data Structures

In addition you will choose three computer science electives.  For a complete list, click the Program of Study.

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.

View Faculty Profiles

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
  • 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 competitions.

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.


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


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