Program Overview

Do you want to expand your career options by enhancing your computer skills? As an increasing number of professions have become more reliant upon computer systems, a Computer Science minor is an ideal complement to a broad array of academic majors. In UNE’s Computer Science minor, you will learn computational reasoning and gain an understanding of algorithmic solutions and the principles of database management. With these technical proficiencies, along with interdisciplinary research opportunities and on-the-job experience in internships, your skillset will be in high demand by employers and will enable you to do far more with your major than you ever imagined. 

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Hannah Sihler
With the outlook for computer science job growth at a staggering 15%, a rate faster than the average job growth for all occupations, I truly believe UNE’s curriculum for the Computer Science minor will set students with a fantastic foundation for rewarding careers in technology. It did for me!
Applied Mathematics, Biophysics

Why Minor in Computer Science at UNE

Most jobs in the computer science field are not performed in a vacuum; they are carried out within other fields and industries, from pharmacy and other health sciences to biology, marine science, and business. UNE’s Computer Science minor is not just a pared-down version of a computer science major. It is its own unique program that is designed to complement majors in a variety of other fields. 

•    Project-based curriculum
•    Promotes interdisciplinary study
•    Supports internships with many local partner companies
•    Enhances career prospects no matter what your major

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Academics

Examples of Available Courses

In addition to required courses in Discrete Math, Data Structures, and Programming with Python, other coursework in the minor may include:

  • Linear Algebra
  • Database Design and SQL
  • Graph Theory
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Programming II

For more information, view the curriculum or see the academic catalog.

Meet our faculty and professional staff

$104,523

National average salary for computer scientists

(Glassdoor, 2021)

15%

Projected job market growth for computer scientists for 2019–2029

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021)

Careers

Through your strong foundation in the principles and methods of computer science and knowledge of your major, as well as your experiences with interdisciplinary study, research projects, and student internships, you will be prepared for many lucrative and in-demand jobs in your field that require a computer science background.

Pair a Computer Science Minor with a Major in For a Career in the Field of
  • Biology
  • Medical Biology
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Computational biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Gene Sequencing
  • Health Care Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Marine Sciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Aquaculture and Aquarium Science
  • Marine Research
  • Aquaculture Research
  • Water Quality Research
  • Environmental Research
  • English
  • History
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Archival Research
  • Business
  • Business/Finance Analytics
  • Web Development
  • Data Management
  • Business Software Development
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Data Mining
  • Actuarial Analytics
  • Philosophy
  • Software Ethics
  • Art and Design Media
  • Digital Image Production
  • Computer Graphics
  • Neuroscience
  • Brain-Computer Interface
  • Public Health
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Predictive Modeling

Additionally, a Computer Science minor will position you to grow your career toward more familiar, and much needed, technology roles such as:

  • Cybersecurity specialist
  • Database administrator
  • Web developer/Search engine optimization specialist
  • eCommerce consultant
  • Systems analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Cloud computing specialist/Cloud engineer
  • UX designer
  • Machine learning engineer

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, Career Advising is here to help you plan your next step.

Experiential Learning

Whether you’re providing computational assistance to a faculty member in a medical lab, interning at a marine research institute, or working in class to develop an algorithm for a business’ website search engine, hands-on learning allows you to meld computer science with your academic major for real-life experiences that prepare you for careers in your chosen field.

Research

Our students have combined their interest in computer science with other passions to explore a wide variety of research subjects. Past projects have included Twitter mining to examine sentiments surrounding a social issue, developing software to classify breast cancer based on data, designing a Dynamic Programming algorithm with applications for gene sequencing, and examining ocean data to understand Biddeford Pool’s currents.

Internships

A variety of local businesses offer internships that enhance a wide range of majors while also supporting the computer science minor. These may include:

  • Idexx
  • Unum
  • Martin’s Point Healthcare

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office:
Cynthia Simon
(207) 602-2540
csimon@une.edu
 

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