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Published: December 04, 2020

The University of Tampa Announces Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science

The University of Tampa announced today that it will begin offering a bachelor’s degree of science (B.S.) in computer science, starting Fall 2021. The curriculum will cover the fundamentals and applied aspects of hardware and software, and graduates of the program will be equipped for roles in software development and engineering, web development, data analysis, cybersecurity and more.

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The curriculum will also cover advanced topics in machine learning and artificial intelligence, data mining and data management, computer networking and security, web programming and development, and human-computer interaction. 

Courses will include:

  • The Science of Computing I and II
  • Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis
  • Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Software Design and Engineering
  • Operating Systems and Systems Programming
  • Theory of Computation
  • Ethics and Impact of Computing

The program will be led by Jean Gourd, UT professor of computer science, whose technical research interests include artificial intelligence, software engineering and cybersecurity.

“This program will teach students core and contemporary topics in computing and prepares them for challenging roles in a growing industry,” Gourd said. “Virtually every organization has a need for computer science professionals, ranging from technology and finance to health care and entertainment.”

placeholderThe curriculum will cover the fundamentals and applied aspects of hardware and software.

The program will begin with a unique first-year experience featuring the novel Raspberry Pi computing platform that allows students to work with external circuits and sensors as they learn the fundamentals of electronics and computing.

Throughout the curriculum, students benefit from hands-on learning, with a focus on tangible projects in real-world contexts. As they build their technical expertise, students also develop important skills in teamwork, problem-solving and communication. Internship and apprenticeship opportunities provide additional experience and job connections. During their senior year, students complete a team-based, industry-focused capstone project.

UT will also offer a minor in computer science for students who wish to develop an understanding of computer science and gain practical computing skills. This minor is a useful addition to any degree program and provides a foundation for graduate studies in computer science.

The computer science program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

To learn more, visit, or contact Gourd at

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