The B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Georgia provides a strong foundation in computer science theory and practice and is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The curriculum covers the design principles of key computing technologies such as hardware, operating systems, database systems, networks, graphics, and artificial intelligence. Mathematical reasoning is emphasized throughout the program. Students learn how to build a computer, make a computer do what is needed, verify these expectations, represent and report information, access data effectively, and solve computation problems systematically as quickly as possible.
Dr. Pazdro was recently awarded the Faculty Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award in the UGA College of Family & Consumer Sciences. His research program addresses the genetic regulation of cellular antioxidant defense systems to identify critical genes and alleles that regulate oxidative stress-related phenotypes in disease. These studies are part of a long-term effort to better understand the genetic basis for a wide variety of chronic diseases and guide future design of more effective clinical interventions.
''Everything about UGA made it the perfect fit for me. Out of high school, I knew that I wanted to major in mathematics education, and I have had some great professors who are extremely knowledgeable and current in their field. Each year, I stay involved with Relay for Life by serving on the Logistics Committee. Seeing so many college students gathered together to celebrate loved ones and fight for a cure for cancer is always so inspiring. Additionally, I volunteer in local middle and high schools where I visit classes during the school day multiple times each week. This gives me the opportunity to get into a mathematics classroom and mentor many local students.''
Graduates must earn passing scores on Georgia certification tests in secondary mathematics in order to be recommended for teacher certification in the state of Georgia. Other vocational opportunities include careers in actuarial sciences, computer modeling and applications, and optimization and control theory; academic positions in high schools and colleges; or further professional schooling in law, business, or medicine.
Julio Sevilla, an assistant professor of marketing in the Terry College of Business, teaches courses on the same topic—consumer behavior—that he conducts research on, which allows him to share his excitement about a topic that has implications for businesses and consumer health.
Ashley Johnson Harrison, an assistant professor in the College of Education, teaches future school psychologists about autism spectrum disorders and is working with UGA’s Disability Resource Center to promote learning strategies for students diagnosed with ASD.
The growth in computer–related technologies has led to a need in industry for professionals who have a knowledge of basic electrical engineering concepts of circuits, electronics, and digital systems with a foundation in computer science.
Kyle Johnsen, Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering, says that both his teaching and research are grounded in the idea that social, context-rich, active, and hands-on activities are extremely powerful learning vehicles.
''Figuring out how the world works interests me. I love being able to show students how ecology is applicable to them. Ecosystems of the World (ECOL 3880H) is great fun because as an Honors course with a smaller class size, it engenders itself to a great classroom dynamic and interactions with students. I use the lab section of my courses to get students understanding the process of collecting their own data for analysis and write-up. I constantly strive to get my undergrads involved in research and have up to 8-10 students working in my lab...''
Graduates of the Computer Systems Engineering program will be prepared for careers in telecommunications, computer-human interactions (e.g. speech recognition), decision-making (e.g. financial and health care industries), and networking, where the engineer is needed to increase the efficiency and overall effectiveness of computer systems.
The Computer Systems Engineering major at the University of Georgia emphasizes the application of engineering concepts, techniques, and methods to the development of systems founded in hardware-software integration. Unlike the traditional focus of computer engineering, computer system engineers will have a greater understanding of computer software development and how to use computers to automate, monitor, and control various systems.
The degree provides an excellent background for advanced studies in many other fields, including environmental health, industrial hygiene, toxicology, public health, epidemiology, ecology, and environmental engineering, and will satisfy entrance requirements for professional degree programs such as medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy. Career opportunities are available in the private sector (e.g. agricultural industries, production, chemical companies, urban pest control), public sector (e.g. quarantine facilities, federal research laboratories, state departments of agriculture, regulatory agencies, departments of health), and non-governmental organizations (e.g. museums and botanical gardens).
Increasingly, computer science is the driving force for advances and breakthroughs in multiple disciplines. The Computer Science laboratories and faculty at UGA maintain extensive collaborations with the faculty of Engineering, Bioinformatics, Life Sciences, Management and Business, and Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science departments on campus.