Computer Science (B.S.)

Computer science at the University of New Orleans involves much more than conventional programming and development. Not only will your course of study emphasize traditional undergraduate instruction, but you'll also conduct research in UNO’s state-of-the art laboratories, studying advanced information management, bioinformatics, information assurance, software engineering, and wireless sensor networks.

Your degree will qualify you for a variety of professional opportunities including hardware development, software engineering, Internet systems and technology, game design, security, biotechnology, business management and consulting, as well as graduate study in computing-related fields. The UNO's degree in computer science meets the requirements of the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (CAC/ABET).


As an option to supplement your computer science degree, you may choose between two highly acclaimed academic concentrations: information assurance and bioinformatics.

Information Assurance

Information assurance (IA) is the protection of information systems against unauthorized access, tampering, or cyber attacks. The UNO IA program was one of the first in the country to offer courses in digital forensics and reverse engineering. Students and faculty members work together on important practical problems in computer security, including the development of high-performance digital forensics tools and methods for analyzing and mitigating malware. These projects are funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and others. State of the art laboratories, including the Network Security Laboratory (NSSAL) and the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance (GNOCIA) provide cutting-edge hardware and software to support these research efforts and our IA courses.

The computer science IA concentration provides students a solid foundation in every aspect of cyber security. The University of New Orleans is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE)and Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Our students are employed in prestigious positions at Intel, IBM, Microsoft, the Naval Research Lab, computer security startups, and others.


Bioinformatics is the study of how biology and technology intersect. Computer science and information technology are used to better gather, record, and analyze biological data to develop medical solutions and to better understand organic development. In particular, the study of molecular biology and genetic research benefit immensely from the depth of analysis only computer modeling and calculation can provide.

Students of bioinformatics are ideally suited to careers in medical research and adjacent fields like biopharmacology, where the use of computer data analysis will allow scientists to develop genetic cures for previously untreatable ailments. This is one area where federal funding for study remains robust, and the industrial growth of bioinformatics is likely to outpace most other sectors of the economy this decade.

Department of
Computer Science

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Related Minors

  • Business Administration
  • Biological Sciences
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

Selected Courses

  • Computer Visions
  • Advanced Digital Forensics
  • Data Encrypt/Cryptology
  • Programming Language Structure
  • Computer Networks and Telecommunications