Computer Science, B.A.

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Shaping computing professionals through innovation and hands-on experience

Given the demand for graduates who have a solid base in theory, strong conceptual knowledge and demonstrated competencies to develop cutting-edge computing systems, our Computer Science program gives you the skills to succeed in this rapidly growing industry. 

You’ll learn the computer science theories to build a strong technical foundation, and apply those theories through real-world experience with our network of local businesses. With one-on-one faculty interaction, cutting-edge lab facilities and face-to-face networking opportunities, you'll be prepared for a career or graduate studies in computer science and other computing fields.

Accelerated Master's in Information Technology
The Accelerated Master's Program is designed to give diligent students the ability to complete a B.A. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Information Technology in as little as five years. You're eligible to apply if you have a  GPA of 3.2 or higher in your junior year or first semester of senior year. Learn more

Program Coordinator

Michael Jonas

Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Computer Science

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Computing Core

  • COMP 415 – Mobile Computing First and For Most
  • COMP 425 – Introduction to Programming
  • COMP 430 – Systems Fundamentals
  • COMP 525 – Data Structures Fundamentals
  • COMP 530 – Machine and Network Architecture
  • COMP 560 – Ethics and the Law in the Digital Age
  • COMP 625 – Data Structures and Algorithms
  • COMP 630 – Systems Software

Mathematics Courses

  • MATH 425 – Calculus I
  • COMP 490 – Statistics in Computing and Engineering
  • COMP 500 – Discrete Structures

Science Course

  • PHYS 407 – General Physics I

Integrative and Professional Experience

  • UMST 582 – Internship and Career Planning Seminar (1credit)
  • COMP 590 – Entrepreneurship Project
  • COMP 690 – Internship Experience
  • COMP 790 – Capstone Project

Computing Topics

Select three COMP elective courses to broaden and advance your learning.

To get your B.A. in Computer Science, you’ll complete 128 credits between courses for the UNH Discovery Program and your major. Below is an example of what your four-year course sequence might look like. Courses are subject to change, so visit courses.unh.edu and select "Courses at Manchester" to see the most up-to-date course schedules and descriptions.

 

FIRST YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
COMP 415 – Mobile Computing First & Foremost COMP 430 – Systems Fundamentals
COMP 425 – Introduction to Programming COMP 490 – Statistics in Computing & Engineering
MATH 425 – Calculus ENGL 401 - First Year Writing
UMST 401 – First Year Experience Seminar Discovery Course

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
COMP 500 – Discrete Structures COMP 560 – Law and Ethics in Digital Age
COMP 525 – Data Structures Fundamentals COMP 590 – Entrepreneurship Project
COMP 530 - Machine and Network Architecture Discovery Course
Discovery Course Discovery Course

THIRD YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
COMP 625 – Data Structures and Algorithms COMP 690 – Internship Experience
COMP 630 – Systems Software COMP Elective
UMST 582 – Internship & Career Planning Seminar COMP Elective
Discovery Course Discovery Course

FOURTH YEAR

Fall Semester Spring Semester
COMP Elective COMP 790 – Capstone Project
Discovery Course Elective Course
Elective Course Elective Course
Elective Course Elective Course

As a computing major, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art lab facilities equipped with the latest hardware equipment and software development tools.

Facilities and Equipment

Two large labs set up with peer programming and shared learning in mind, stocked with:

  • Dell Latitude E6420 and Dell Latitude E4500 computers with dual-booting configuration to run Windows 7 and Fedora 17
  • Additional external monitors and tools to improve collaboration on team projects
  • 60 dedicated Ethernet data ports to allow for network design experiments
  • Wireless access

A spacious server room equipped with:

  • Dell PowerEdge server computers, Ethernet data ports, and networking gear to provide instructional support for the Computing Technology courses
  • A stack of Dell PowerEdge server computers running a Linux server operating system to run experiments in the Capstone Project course
  • Monitoring consoles to optimize system and network administrative operations

Two server clusters:

  • Speech Server Cluster consisting of a stack of Dell PowerEdge servers running Red Hat Linux server operating system to run Speech experiments in the Capstone Project course
  • GPU Computing Cluster is under construction, made possible with a recent grant from NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing. The state-of-the-art cluster will allow students to analyze medical imagery, explore models of speech and leverage GPU computing and CUDA C/C++ in their courses.

Our lab laptops are powerful development platforms configured to run a large variety of tools and utilities 

IT Services
  • A private cloud of  virtual machines running Windows and Linux server operating systems, managed with VMware vSphere, is updated each semester to meet course instruction and student project needs.
  • Server applications and run-time environments (BinNami and XAMPP) are configured to provide MediaWiki, Apache web, and MySQL database services
  • Shared network drives and staging server virtual machines support student project activities
  • A Balsamiq academic license offers mockup building tools to design user experiences for course projects
  • A Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDN AA) membership gives students access to Microsoft developer and designer tools software

Technology is advancing daily, and the need for tech-savvy graduates is growing alongside it.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates positive growth in many computing professions, projecting one million more computing jobs than students in 2020. In its spring 2016 Salary Survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) shows computer science majors earn the top average starting salary among computer and information sciences graduates at the bachelor’s degree level.

Combined with growing market demand, the business and tech chops you’ll develop at UNH Manchester translate to an impactful and lucrative career. Your Computer Science degree will give you the practical technical skills for an impactful, lucrative career in industries from science to education to healthcare, and beyond.

 

Job Title Job Growth Average Salary
Computer and Information Systems Manager 15% $131,600
Computer Network Architect 9% $100,240
Computer Science Teacher, Postsecondary 13% $72,470
Computer Systems Analyst 21% $85,800
Database Administrator  11% $81,710
Information Security Analyst 18% $90,120
Software Developer 17% $100,690

 

Internships

Our campus is in the heart of the region’s cultural, economic, entertainment and government activity — putting unlimited internship opportunities at your doorstep. We’ve partnered with local businesses to give you the real-world experience that sets you apart. Computing majors have interned at many high-profile organizations in the area, including Oracle Dyn, BAE Systems, SilverTech, 2KR Systems and more.

Sponsored Projects

Throughout the Computer Science program, you’ll put your classroom learning to work, build your resume and network with industry experts through business-sponsored projects.

Computer Information Systems

Computing drives innovation in all industries, so adding a Computer Information Systems minor to your degree builds both your resume and the foundation for highly desirable technical skills.

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We've partnered with NHTI to develop a curriculum guide that shows you how your community college courses will transfer into UNH Manchester's Computer Science program.

See the complete list of Pathways. 

Questions? Contact an Admission Counselor for help.

The Computing Technology Industry Advisory Board (CT-IAB) advises and supports the Computing Technology program in its effort to meet the economic development needs in New Hampshire and the region, and to educate computing majors at UNH Manchester in three degree programs: Computer Information Systems, B.S.; Computer Science, B.A.; and Information Technology, M.S.

The CT-IAB provides counsel and support in 

  • Curriculum design and authentic project experiences
  • Lab infrastructure and services
  • Partnerships with business, industry, government, educational and nonprofit organizations
  • Developing educational pathways to computing education and careers for all, in particular for underrepresented students
  • The board includes computing professionals, researchers and leaders who represent local industry, business, government, education and nonprofit organizations.
CT-IAB Members
  • Gunjan Choudhary, Software Development Manager, Autodesk; Adjunct Faculty, UNH Manchester
  • Dan Couture, Fitbit, Senior Data Integration Engineering
  • Jeff DeLangie, Director, Technology Resource Center, Manchester School District
  • Eric Esposito, Director of Technology, SilverTech, Inc.
  • David Hubbs, Professor, Nashua Community College
  • Earl LaBatt, Principal Engineer, OPNET Technologies; Adjunct Faculty, UNH Manchester
  • Ed Nelson, Production Architecture Engineer, Vantiv; Adjunct Faculty, UNH Manchester
  • Suzanne Poirier, Director Software Engineering, Skillsoft
  • Frank Polito, Professor and Program Chair, NHTI
  • Craig Smith, Reliability Engineer, Tapjoy
  • Jason Syversen, CEO & Computer Security Entrepreneur, Siege Technologies, LLC
  • Chris Zalegowski, IT/IS Manager, NH Public Defender