Computer Science (B.S./B.A.)

ABOUT

Ranked one of the top-10 supercomputing campuses in the country, Clemson offers computer science majors a unique opportunity to collaborate with computing specialists and faculty. Our nationally recognized faculty hold a variety of research interests and experience across industry and academia. As technology continues to advance rapidly, job offers in computing professions remain very high. From the classroom to the lab, your studies and research will prepare you for a career in software development, computer system support, the entertainment industry, government agencies or the IT department that exists in every medium- to large-size company. We offer both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in computer science, which will both prepare you to enter the workforce as a highly sought-after recruit or continue on to graduate school.

FAST FACTS

  • We offer both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in computer science.
  • The B.S. in computer science program is approved by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer and mathematical occupations is expected to grow by 18 percent between 2012 and 2022.
  • Clemson offers 24-hour access to multiple computer labs and computing facilities.
  • We offer a minor in digital production arts for animation and game design.
  • Clemson's Palmetto Cluster ranks among the top five on the list of university-owned supercomputers in the United States, according to the June 2014 Top500.org list of international supercomputers.
  • We have a five-year fast track bachelor’s/master’s degree program.

WHAT YOU'LL STUDY

Our Bachelor of Science in computer science is a technically oriented degree designed for students interested in software development for basic computer science, scientific and engineering applications. Throughout your classes you’ll delve further into the technical aspects of computers with classes such as algorithms and data structures, software engineering, computer security, computer graphics, game design and network programming. You will also build a strong mathematical foundation in calculus, probability and statistics, and linear algebra.

Along with computer science core classes, our Bachelor of Arts is a liberal arts degree that provides you with the maximum flexibility in designing a program that supports your interests while also providing a firm foundation in computer science. With this, you'll also add on a minor; one of the most popular choices for our students is digital production arts, which prepares students for careers or graduate study in visual effects, computer animation and electronic games. This minor is excellent preparation for Clemson's unique Master of Fine Arts program in digital production arts. Other popular minors are in business, fine arts and psychology.

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Plan (B.S.)
Get a jump-start on your Master of Science in computer science while completing your bachelor’s. In our dual-degree program you can apply up to nine graduate credit hours to both your undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Popular Minors

  • Digital Production Arts
  • Business Administration
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Psychology

EXPERIENCES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Dive into your major outside your standard classes, and meet and network with fellow students and working professionals. As a computer science major you’ll have great chances to research alongside your classmates as well as our nationally known faculty. 

Join fellow students in Clemson's student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and get involved in social events, fundraisers, distinguished lectures, career discussion panels and the ACM collegiate programming contest.
Many of our undergraduates work in one of our 16 research labs and groups. Learn to develop phone applications, build systems for training medical personnel, design educational games or create brain-computer interfaces.
Learn about computing research! Paid summer research programs for undergraduates are available at Clemson and at computer science programs across the country.

CONNECT WITH OTHER STUDENTS

AFTER GRADUATION

Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.

WHERE OUR RECENT GRADUATES HAVE GONE

KEY
  • 41-100%
  • 21-40%
  • 11-20%
  • 0-10%

RECENT EMPLOYERS

  • Software Development Engineer

    Amazon
  • Programmer/Analyst

    Boeing
  • Implementation Consultant

    Fast Enterprises
  • Voice Communications Analyst

    Physicians Choice Laboratory Services (PCLS)
  • Trainee/Production Team Member

    MetLife

RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

  • M.S. Computer Science

    Clemson University
  • M.S. Computer Science

    University of Tennessee
  • Ph.D. Computer Science

    University of Utah
  • Ph.D. Computer Science

    Clemson University

COMMON CAREER AREAS

  • Programming
    • Systems
    • Scientific Applications
    • Business Applications
      • Intelligence
      • Warehousing
      • Information Delivery
      • Maintenance
  • Systems Development
    • Analysis
    • Design
    • Support
    • Quality Assurance
    • Specialty Systems
      • Database
      • Client-Server
  • Network Technology
    • Installation and Maintenance
    • Administration
  • Internet
    • Programming
    • Software Design
    • Systems Analysis
    • Hardware Production
    • Web Page Design
  • Consulting
    • Education
      • Non-Technical
        • Customer and Product Support
        • Technical Writing

      Used with permission from the University of Tennessee.

      FIND OUT MORE

      Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.

      Christopher Porter

      CES Undergraduate Recruitment Director
      864-656-7870
      cporter@clemson.edu