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Computer Science BS

In RIT's computer science degree, you'll specialize in areas such as artificial intelligence, computer graphics, computer theory, networking, security, robotics, parallel computation, data mining, computer architecture, or systems software.

Program skills

The program emphasizes problem-solving, object-oriented programming, documentation and testing, and an approach that includes a careful analysis of design alternatives when solving problems. Team and collaborative efforts are encouraged during the student's study. Prior to co-op, students will typically have completed: Computer Science I & II; The Mechanics of Programming; Concepts of Computer Systems and Introduction to Computer Science Theory, as well as a Software Engineering course. 

Program facilities equipment

Well over 100 workstations and servers. Linux operating systems environment. PC lab, MAC lab, and specialized labs in Graphics, Database, Distributed Systems, Document & Pattern Recognition, Computational Studies, Portable Eye Tracking, as well as several labs devoted to research and development.

Program job titles reported

Computer Scientist; Software Engineer; Technical Specialist; Software Developer; Computer Programmer; Systems Analyst; Network Architect; Web Developer; Software Tester; Software Quality Assurance Specialist

Program significant points

  • This is the largest academic program at RIT and is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • Students work in organizations ranging from small start-ups to top Fortune 100 companies, government, public and private entities.
  • Graduates enter the profession with more extensive skills and background that they can leverage to more rapidly advance their careers.

Select program hiring partners

Amazon, Architecture Technology Corporation, BAE Systems, Capital One, Constant Contact, Datto, Facebook, Fujifilm North America, Google, HubSpot, IBM, Intuit, L3Harris, Leidos, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, NAVEL Global, Paychex, PayPal, Red Argyle, Skillz, Toast


  • Aerospace

  • Computer Networking

  • Defense

  • Electronic and Computer Hardware

  • Health Care

  • Internet and Software

  • Medical Devices

  • Telecommunications


Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 84.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 10.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 84.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 10.00%
Alternative Plans 0%


The BS degree in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.

Students in the computer science degree are required to complete three blocks of cooperative education experience.