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

FAST FACTS ›

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 59 percent of job openings in science and engineering between 2004 and 2014 will be in computing.
  • Clemson offers 24-hour access to multiple computer labs and computing facilities.
  • TOP500.org ranked Clemson’s Palmetto Cluster No. 5 among university-owned supercomputers in the U.S. in June 2013.
  • We offer a minor in digital production arts for animation and game design.
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. 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 company. We offer both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in computer science. The Bachelor of Science is a technically oriented degree for students interested in software development for basic computer science, scientific and engineering applications. The 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.   

CLASSES.

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 provides you with the opportunity to pursue a foreign language and a minor in another field. An especially popular minor is in 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.

Curriculum:

Popular Minors:

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

Similar Majors:

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. 

Internships and Research Projects:

ACM:
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.
JOIN:
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.
RESEARCH:
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:

CAREERS.

What are students doing at graduation?*

53%

Employed

31%

Grad School

16%

Seeking Employment

0%

Other

Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

  • Boeing — Software Engineer
  • KeyMark, Inc. — Solutions Analyst
    NCEES — Web Application Developer

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

  • University of Michigan — Ph.D., Engineering
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison — Ph.D., Computer Science
  • Clemson University — Master\'s, Digital Production Arts

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/Product Support
        • Technical Writing
      *Represents 32 of 95 Clemson psychology graduates who completed Michelin® Career Center surveys from 2010 to 2012.
      **Used w/permission from Univ. 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