Top School in Birmingham, AL, for a Computer Science Degree

Students interested in studying computer science in the Birmingham area have a handful of schools to choose from. Read about the top school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the best fit for you.

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School and Ranking Information

Of the schools within a 25-mile radius of Birmingham that offer computer science degrees, two are private 4-year schools, two are public 2-year schools and one is a public 4-year institution. Based on school type, rankings and degree levels offered, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for studying computer science:

  • Winner: The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is the only school in the area offering degrees in the field that is a 4-year public institution. UAB offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science.

School Info Chart

Category University of Alabama
Rankings Tied for #149 for National Universities (2015)*; #14 for Up-and-Coming National Universities (2015)*
Location Birmingham, AL
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $7,206 (in-state), $16,398 (out-of-state)**
Computer and Information Sciences Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate
Computer and Information Sciences Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 41**
Most Popular Computer and Information Sciences Degree Level in 2013 Bachelor's (22 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 54%**
Noteworthy UAB branch of the Association for Computing Machinery is available for students to join

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator

University of Alabama - Birmingham

  • The computer and information sciences (CIS) bachelor's is accredited by ABET
  • More than 200 students majored in CIS in 2012-2013
  • There are 10 faculty members in the CIS department
  • The CIS department hosts research labs in areas such as forensics, modeling and high-performance computing

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has a total enrollment of more than 18,500 students, including roughly 11,500 undergraduates. The university has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1. UAB's 11 colleges and schools include the College of Arts and Sciences, which contains the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

The CIS department offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in computer and information sciences. The Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Sciences includes 48 credits of computer science courses, 36 of which are required courses and 12 of which are electives. Required coursework includes computer programming, software engineering, operating systems and data structures. Students majoring in computer and information sciences also have the option of specializing in computer networking.

The Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences program either requires completing 30 credits of coursework and six credits of thesis research or 36 credits of coursework. All master's students complete courses in subjects like computer systems, application and theory. Specialization options are available to non-thesis students in the subjects of parallel and distributed computing, computer graphics and bioinformatics. The Ph.D. program takes at least four years to complete. It involves a total of three phases, including a qualifying exam that tests students' knowledge of computational theory, computer systems and applications, coursework, research and a dissertation.

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