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Computer Science


Nestled right in the heart of New York City—one of the world’s biggest tech hubs—Queens College offers world-class courses and facilities for a major in computer science.

A degree in computer science is a launching pad for technology-related professions as well as graduate study. The Queens College computer science department frequently coordinates career opportunities for its majors with industry and government agencies.

With technology becoming increasingly integrated into every aspect of society, a background in computer science is more in demand than ever. If you have strengths in the areas of technology and problem solving, a computer science major may be the right fit.

BA or BS? Major or Minor?

Queens College undergraduate majors in computer science can choose between Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree programs. The BS expands on the BA with more computer science, experimental lab courses and mathematics. The department also offers undergraduate minors in:

  • computer science
  • computer information technology
  • computational linguistics

Additionally, in collaboration with the accounting and economics departments, the computer science department has created a minor in financial modelling designed to provide students majoring in computer science or finance with the necessary interdisciplinary skills for a career in the financial services industry.

Research Facilities and Opportunities

Faculty research interests include but are not limited to:

  • Analytic number theory
  • Cryptography
  • Computer vision
  • Operating systems
  • Computational algebra
  • Computer organization and architecture
  • Computer graphics
  • Programming languages

One of the research labs available to students is the Uncertainty Reasoning Laboratory (URL Lab). Its investigations center on developing tools and methods for reasoning, learning and decision making under uncertainty and bring researchers together from multiple disciplines such as computational biology and big data analytics.

Notable Alumni

  • David Gries computer scientist at Cornell University
  • Alexander L. Wolf dean of the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz


The faculty members at Queens College bring diverse professional, industrial and academic backgrounds to the table, enabling the college to offer a broad spectrum of undergraduate courses. The full- time faculty’s research programs not only enrich Queens College’s intellectual capacity but also create opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students alike.

Global Student Success Program

Queens College Global Student Success Program (GSSP) is a required first-year experience program designed by academic experts covering all aspects of your new living and learning environment in the United States. As a Queens College student from day one, you will enjoy the added benefits of smaller classes where you will receive more personalized attention, and access to academic advisors and tutoring as well as opportunities to connect with other international and American students through a variety of social activities, student clubs and organizations.

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