Computer Science

Computer Science prepares students for careers as computer scientists in business and industry, trains students in software and hardware design and development, and prepares students for advanced study in computer science.

The department and its offerings continuously adapt to implement fundamental changes in the education of future computer scientists to ensure they are well prepared for their ever more demanding professional roles. These demands relate to success in the job market, responsibilities toward employers, customers and society, and responsibilities as developers of powerful and pervasive technologies.

In addition to strong technical and management skills, Computer Science educates students as future software designers with the requisite skills to design customized products and integrated services that meet the diverse needs of a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and increasingly smaller world united by rapid technological advances.

Computer Science offers Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science. Faculty members also actively participate in the teaching and advisement of Ph.D. students in the Computer and Information Sciences PhD Program. Computer Science also offers a minor in Information Assurance.

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Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering

Construction Management graduates construction professionals qualified to fill a variety of rewarding design, managerial, and supervisory roles in a multi-faceted, dynamic industry. Students are prepared with the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to achieve success in their chosen construction fields.

The Construction Management faculty members believe students learn by doing and that their real-world experiences enhance professors’ ability to teach. This is reinforced by faculty members teaching courses in their fields of construction experience and by hands-on technical and computer laboratories. Local industry support enhances the program further by providing scholarships, internships, and high starting salaries.

The program offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Construction ManagementArchitectural and Construction Engineering, Civil and Construction Engineering, and Environmental Engineering  as well as a Master of Science in Construction Management.

Graduates go to work for contractors, design firms, government agencies, technical companies, manufacturers, fabricators, and suppliers in diverse fields such as:

  • Commercial construction
  • Heavy highway construction
  • Industrial construction
  • Residential construction
  • Retail and tenant improvement
  • Facilities management
  • Equipment and material sales
  • U.S Army Corps of Engineers
  • Federal and state agencies

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Earth Sciences

The Earth Sciences programs at UALR are designed to provide students with knowledge of the various Earth systems and to help them develop their scientific skills. Our students learn to conduct and interpret scientific research and to successfully communicate scientific information.

The major includes a rigorous, balanced core of courses and a diverse array of elective coursework, both of which include active lab and field experiences.

The Earth Sciences program prepares students for graduate or professional programs and for careers in the private sector, government service, and education. We have a growing group of alumni working in central Arkansas, and the list of employers includes Southwestern Energy, the United States Geological Survey, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Terracon, and the Arkansas Geological Survey. We also have alumni in geosciences graduate programs or otherwise employed throughout the United States and around the world.

Earth Science offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Geology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology with an Environmental Geology concentration. The program also offers a minor in Geology and a minor in Environmental Geology.

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Engineering Technology

Engineering Technology emphasizes hands-on learning and the practical aspects of engineering. The program stresses the understanding and application of established engineering principles to design, fabricate, and test electronic and mechanical components and systems.

Engineering technology is a creative blend of the physical sciences, engineering knowledge, methods, and technical skills that support engineering activities. Courses emphasize application of engineering principles to analyze and solve industry problems. Many engineering technology courses have laboratories, and laboratory experience is an integral part of the learning objectives of the program.

The primary goal of Engineering Technology department is to provide integrated educational opportunities to students whose technological interests and aptitudes are application-oriented. The department fosters applied research, creative design, and service for students and faculty. The educational programs prepare students for entry-level positions in industry that require the knowledge of the application of current industrial practices and design procedures.

Engineering Technology offers Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology .

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Information Science

The Department of Information Science seeks to expand human and technical capabilities through information in a world where information is of central importance to personal, organizational, social, political, technical, and economic progress. Information Science makes sense of the data that people gather through information technology. The programs that reside in the Department of Information Science focus on the transformation of data to information and knowledge, to intelligence and application, and on the technologies and systems that store and access the data in ways that impart its meaning.

The Information Science undergraduate degree program emphasizes design and development of information processing systems. Our E-Commerce program aims to prepare students for careers in electronic commerce, social media, and digital marketing and our new BA in Web Design and Development program places emphasis on the development of web sites and web applications for desktop and mobile environments. Both programs were designed to allow students to work across multiple disciplines for a rich learning experience.

The master’s degree program in Information Quality (MSIQ) is the first such program in the nation and continues to produce leaders dedicated to ensuring that information is fit for its intended use. Additionally, advanced students can obtain their Ph.D. degrees in cooperation with either the Computer and Information Sciences PhD program or the UALR/UAMS joint Bioinformatics program, which also offers a master’s degree. Information Science also houses the Graduate Certificate in Technology Innovation and the interdisciplinary Information Technology Minor.

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Systems Engineering

The UALR Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering, specializing in one of three fields:

  • Electrical Systems
  • Computer Systems
  • Mechanical Systems

a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Systems Engineering, and

a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering.

Systems engineers bring together all engineering fields, creating the “big picture” for accomplishing goals and managing complex structures including:

Computer networks
Wireless networks
Thermal power plants
Airplanes and spacecraft
Manufacturing lines

The Systems Engineering programs build their specialization options on a set of core courses that impart basic skills needed by engineering professionals in the 21st Century.

Graduates of the Systems Engineering programs are able to:

Integrate multifaceted engineering disciplines;
Model complex systems for optimizing system performance;
Work in teams and work with industry clients; and
Architect, design, develop, and deliver a completed project.
Degrees offered include the bachelor of science in Systems Engineering, the bachelor of science in Mechanical Systems Engineering, the bachelor of science in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, the master of science in Systems Engineering, and the Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Systems.

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