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Undergraduate research makes classroom learning come alive and can help propel you into a professional career. You will have the opportunity to put your book knowledge into practice by working on real-life problems that are important to you, while gaining technical and research skills that will prepare you for careers and higher education.
BYU is a pioneer in this area—one of the few universities that allows undergrad students to work side by side with professors on research projects. This means that even though you may be fresh out of high school, you could find yourself assisting professors and grad students in developing technology that may someday be used by millions. Some students are even paid during their mentorships.
–Dr. Michael Jones
Computer Science: Animation Emphasis
Computer Science: Bioinformatics Emphasis
Computer Science Teaching
For more information on required classes for these majors and minors, please see the current undergraduate catalog. You can declare one of these majors or minors by visiting the Advisement Center.
The BYU CS program is noted for its undergraduate mentoring and research opportunities in the department’s 20 research labs. A strong emphasis is placed on professor-student mentoring, creating research opportunities for undergraduates that are unique among most programs in the nation. In 2009, the department’s research projects brought in over one million dollars in grant funding, and CS faculty contributed to over 90 publications. In addition, students benefit from the on-campus resources including 14 open labs with nearly 360 work stations, free MSDN software, web space, supercomputing facilities, computer support, advisement, and student organizations.
–Timothy Major, computer science student
Undergraduate students can do research in six areas. Specific projects within these areas include helping computers learn ancient languages, programming a computer program that can create its own art, teaching robots to help autistic children and much more.
• Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
Students research Bayesian reasoning, neural networks and learning algorithms, robotics, data mining, natural language processing, multi-agent learning, and computational computing.
• Computational Science & Control
Students work on DNA mapping, evolutionary family trees, biological network reconstruction, computational finance, computational economics, computational social science, organizational dynamics, feedback systems, predictive modeling, and control.
• Computer Networks, Systems, & Security
Students research computer security, networking, internet applications, programming language design, software model checking, and distributed algorithms and protocol design.
• Data & Text Analysis
Student research includes information retrieval, database applications, data engineering, data mining, data extraction, and natural language processing.
• Graphics & Computer Vision
Students work on animation, computer generated natural phenomena, advanced 3D graphics, computer vision, image processing, computer-aided design, isogeometric analysis, hyperdimensional graphics, and family history technology.
• Software Engineering & Human-Computer Interaction
Student research includes human-computer interaction, user interface design, interactive television, human-robot interaction, assistive robotics, empirical methods for software engineering, and software development teams.
People come from all over to use BYU’s facilities and equipment. CS resources include tablets, robotics, 3D projectors, hi-def TVs, multiple types of hand-held devices, and enough computer stations to accommodate each student. Specific labs in the Computer Science Department include:
• Computational Science Lab
Contains equipment used to investigate algorithms for solving problems in computational biology, chemistry, and physics.
• Computer Graphics, Vision, & Image Processing Lab
Contains equipment for researching anything related to digital graphics and image processing.
• Fulton Supercomputing Lab
Houses 933 servers comprised of 9,880 processor cores supported by over 100 terabytes of high performance storage. Undergrad students can set up their own account and process a years’ worth of data in only a few days.
• Internet Research Lab
Contains instruments used to explore ways to progress the internet by advancing its reach, improving infrastructure, and extending services.
• Internet Security Research Lab
Houses equipment used to improve the safety of the internet and establish trust between users.
• Neural Network & Machine Learning Lab
Includes equipment used in predictive modeling, pattern/audio/facial recognition, and other techniques of artificial intelligence to advance machine learning.
• Object-oriented System Modeling Lab
Includes equipment used in engineering methods for object-oriented software systems.
• Performance Evaluation Lab
Contains tools that specialize in measuring and analyzing computer system performance to make improvements to hardware and software systems.
• Verification & Validation Lab
Contains tools to quickly detect errors in formal models of complex devices.
Computers are everywhere -people who know how to “talk code” will never be hard pressed to find a job. Jobs you could get with an undergraduate degree in computer science include working as a:
• Computer Animator
• Computer Programmer
• Database Manager
• Software Engineer
• Videogame Designer
• Web Designer
Many of our students go on to get advanced degrees and additional experience that broaden their career opportunities. BYU alumni have found jobs with companies including:
• The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
• Lockheed Martin
• Los Alamos National Laboratory
Computer Science Mentoring
See how student researchers are developing pedigree spreads that are off the charts.
Hands On: Center for Animation
Have you ever wondered what it takes to make an animated movie, such as UP or Despicable Me? Our team went behind the scenes to watch the magic behind animation at in the Center for Animation. Watch...
Hands-On: UAV Search and Rescue
Watch our Hands-on video and see the Computer Science Department and their Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) assist in search and rescue efforts.
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