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What can you do with a degree in computer science?

If you want to know what you can do with a computer science degree, just imagine what life would look like without computer science.  

Netflix wouldn’t give you any spot-on recommendations for your binge. Siri couldn’t tell you driving directions for your spring break road trip. Your Roomba would bounce off the walls. And good luck trying to lock down your data from prying eyes. 

By 2029, employers will likely add more than 530,000 jobs in computer and information technology, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — far higher than most fields. And those jobs are at the top of the heap when it comes to pay. According to Glassdoor, grads with computer science degrees often find entry-level positions starting at $70,000, the highest of all the majors it surveyed. 

young woman with glasses seated at a desk in front of a computerAs a graduate from The University of Tulsa’s computer science program, you’ll have the skills to land a job in one of the fastest-growing parts of the economy. 

At TU, computer science majors are equipped with the tools necessary to work with emerging technologies such as cloud computing, gaming and simulation, bioinformatics, computer security, robotics and more. At the same time you put your analytical skills to work through advanced math, programming and computer architecture, you’ll also tap your creative side — because solving thorny technical problems requires flexible thinking.  

In-demand skills

While many grads wind up with jobs in the tech industry, these days, just about every sector of the economy needs the type of programming and problem-solving skills that computer science grads bring to the table. You’ll have opportunities to pursue careers such as: 

  • Data scientist. Our always-on society produces torrents of information. Data scientists see through the static and put it to use. A credit card company, for instance, might use data science to find fraudulent charges. Climate researchers may use it to produce more accurate forecasting models. 
  • Enterprise architect. Ever have a hard time picking the right technology to fit your needs? Now imagine doing it for an entire organization — often spread across different cities, states or even countries. Enterprise architects assess an organization’s goals and develop tech solutions that fit the business. 
  • Software engineer. We’re surrounded by so much technology — and without software, a lot of it is useless. The apps on your smartphone, of course, rely on it. But so does your car, your TV, your kitchen appliances, maybe even your toothbrush. 
  • Web developer. Some web developers make websites easy to use. Others write the behind-the-scenes code that performs increasingly complex tasks. And some do a bit of both.  
  • Systems analyst. A basic rule of technology: The computer system an organization installs today is already out of date tomorrow. Systems analysts help design efficient computer systems that meet organizational needs. 

Major in computer science at The University of Tulsa 

As a student in the Tandy School of Computer Science, you’ll select from two computer science majors: Computer science or computer simulation and gaming. As a simulation and gaming major, you’ll choose either a design or development track. And a host of minors, including bioinformatics, computational science, cybersecurity, data science and high-performance computing let you specialize even more.  

No matter which path you choose, you’ll get a basic introduction to computer science in your first two years, such as programming skills, ethics and data structures. In years three and four, you’ll drill down into your program, learning more about topics such as databases, artificial intelligence, game programming, computer graphics and more. Throughout it all, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct research alongside faculty in our advanced computing facilities that help put your skills into practical applications. 



Get a gaming degree at TU

Chances are, you do it. 

So do your friends. 

Maybe even your parents.  

“It” is computer gaming, and these days practically everybody is in on the action. More than 2.5 billion people around the world play video games, and almost two-thirds of all American adults — men and women, in almost equal numbers.  

COVID-19 related lockdowns have made the industry stronger than ever. In 2020, people spent $180 billion on gaming, according to market-research firm IDC. That’s more than the global movie business and North American sports, combined. 

Turn gaming into a career with a degree from TU.

two young people at a desk discussing images drawn on paper and a computer monitorA degree in computer simulation and gaming from The University of Tulsa can help curious students plug into a career in this growing industry. This multidisciplinary degree combines computer science, art, music, film and storytelling, putting you in a position to either design or develop games. Video game designers are responsible for the creative decisions that go into a game: its plot, its character development and its overall look and feel. Game developers translate those ideas into a playable game using programming skills.

In TU’s gaming program at the Tandy School of Computer Science, you’ll learn the different gaming industry roles and pick a track that’s right for you. 

As a TU game designer, you will explore the possibilities of programming to invent new worlds for others to enjoy. You will understand the language of gaming and gain the skills needed to translate your vision into (virtual) reality. 

Game designers and developers are in high demand. According to PayScale, video game designers earn $65,886 a year, while developers make $64,562. But gaming is far from your only career path. Other businesses find uses for the same types of virtual worlds built by game designers and developers. As the technology becomes cheaper and more advanced, TU alumni find more and more outlets for their talents and options for their careers. 

  • Aerospace/aviation. Pilots have relied on flight simulators for years. Increasingly sophisticated models that mimic complex meteorological conditions and other variables make this training even more versatile. 
  • Medicine. Researchers use computer simulations to understand how drugs can shut down viruses. In England, for example, researchers are using computational models to show weak points of SarS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19. 
  • Cybersecurity training. The SolarWinds hack showed how vulnerable even our largest corporations can be. Software that simulates cyberattacks can show organizations where they need to improve, without putting any data at risk.   
  • Transportation. The dream of a traffic jam-free highway full of driverless cars may be just that — a dream. In a 2021 study, traffic engineers in Australia used computer models to find that one type of autonomous vehicle actually increased congestion when used alongside human-controlled vehicles. 
  • Surgery. They say practice makes perfect. However, when you’re under the knife, you want a surgeon who’s ready to go. In Canada, a pair of video game veterans have launched a new company that uses VR to put surgeons in a virtual operating room, where they can practice techniques long before trying them on patients.  

Learn more about computer gaming at The University of Tulsa 

TU’s computer simulation and gaming major features two tracks: A design or development option. 

  • The design option mixes classes in computer science and programming with art, game design, film studies and other courses to sharpen your creativity. 
  • The development option combines courses in computer science and programming with advanced mathematics, physical science and game design. 

No matter which you pick, you’ll learn the skills necessary to work as part of a game-development team or build a game independently. And because we’re a member of the Unity Academic Alliance, you’ll have access to technology used to build more than half of all games titles released today.