Department of Computer Science

The Computer Science Department offers two degree options with a major in Computer Science (CS):
  1. Bachelor of Science (BS/CS), and
  2. Bachelor of Arts (BA/CS), in which we offer two concentrations:
    • Computer Science (CS)
    • Information Systems (IS)

The BS/CS degree option is appropriate if you want to pursue a career as a computing professional or if you plan to enter graduate school. This degree option includes coursework in software design, the theory of computation, algorithms, computer systems, networks, programming languages and software engineering.  You may choose electives in such areas as computer games, high-performance computing, graphics and robotics.  The BS/CS degree option also includes courses in mathematics and a science sequence.

The BA/CS degree option is intended for the general study of the principles and practices of computing and is appropriate if you want to keep your career options open, if you want to combine your study of computer science with a second major in another field, or if you are starting out your study of computer science later in your college career. You can choose one of two concentrations: Computer Science and Information Systems. The Information Systems concentration is appropriate if you are interested in the design and deployment of business and e-commerce applications, in information technology project management and in computing or networking infrastructure support.

The Department also offers a minor in Computer Science. The CS minor is appropriate if you wish to combine coursework in computer science with a major in a closely related area (such as mathematics or a physical science) or if you are interested in understanding the basics of computer science without committing to it as a major.

CS-LEAP Scholarships available for transfer students

The Computer Science Department has received a National Science Foundation grant that provides substantial scholarships for students who transfer with an AS degree in computer science from a SUNY community college into the CS Bachelor's degree program at SUNY Potsdam.  See the CS-LEAP web page for further information.

Department News & Events

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