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What will I learn?

Computer science is not the science of the computer–it is the science of problem-solving using a computer. Because computers are so pervasive, a computer science degree gives you the opportunity to make an impact in the world of science, business, health care, education, the law, art, entertainment, or almost anything else that interests you. Even if you are not a computer science major, taking computer science courses will improve your logical thinking and problem solving skills.

Our department offers a B.S. degree in Computer Science (CS) and a two-years Pre-engineering program. Our CS program includes math, science, and liberal arts as well as CS courses. In your first year as a CS student you will begin with an overview of the field of CS, and then move into computer programming. As you continue you will learn much more than programming such as study of algorithms (step-by-step procedures) to solve problems, how the computer itself is organized, how the system software that "drives" the computer works, the mathematical theory underlying computer science, how to design and implement databases, and the evolving issues in computer networking.

Among the important attributes of a professional computer scientist today are communication skills and the ability to contribute in a team development environment. Our program requires a technical writing course, an oral communication course, and a one year senior-level CS course where you work with a team to take a project for a real customer through all of the phases of software development. In addition, our senior "professionalism" course covers career planning, interactions with others on the job, ethics and professional responsibility, and even gives you individual job interview practice.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,304.00 per year
USD $10,152 per semester
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


College of Arts and Sciences

University of Hawaii at Hilo,

200 W Kawili St,



96720, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have above-average (75%) performance in high school and/or qualifying exams. English Language Requirements: Students with a test score of TOEFL iBT 61, IELTS 5.5 or Eiken 2A may be admitted directly into a degree program at UH Hilo providing the academic requirements have been met.

For international students

Entry requirements may vary from country to country. Students have to complete High school qualification equivalent to U.S.

English Language Requirements:

Students with a test score of TOEFL iBT 61, TOEFL Paper-delivered 46 (total score), IELTS 5.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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