151 Engineer’s Way
University of Virginia
PO Box 400740
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4740
Overview Computer Science is the study of information processes. Computer scientists learn how to describe information processes, how to reason about and predict properties of information processes, and how to implement information processes elegantly and efficiently in hardware and software. The Computer Science curriculum concentrates on developing the deep understanding of computing and critical thinking skills that will enable graduates to pursue a wide variety of possible fields and to become academic, cultural, and industrial leaders. The core curriculum focuses on developing methods and tools for describing, implementing, and analyzing information processes and for managing complexity including abstraction, specification, and recursion. Computing connects closely with a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to, the visual arts, music, life sciences including biology and cognitive science, the physical sciences, linguistics, mathematics, and the social sciences. The Computer Science major provides students with a strong foundation in computer science, combined with the opportunity to take courses in arts, humanities, and sciences, in order to develop broad understanding of other areas and their connections to computing.
Faculty The Computer Science department has twenty-six faculty members. Our faculty is strongly committed to teaching as well as conducting world-class research. Faculty interests span major areas of computer science with particular strengths in algorithms, architecture, programming languages, security, sensor networks, software engineering, and theory. The Computer Science major is administered by the Computer Science BA Committee, composed of faculty from the Computer Science Department and various departments in the College.
Students Computer Science majors are not required to enter the University with any previous background in computing. To enroll in the major, students must submit an application form (see http://www.cs.virginia.edu/ba/ for details). We expect to enroll approximately 25 majors each year.