Undergraduate Major Details

Computer Science

What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The Computer Science major is in the College of Letters and Science.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
CE Resource
Cisco Systems, Inc
Flagship Creative
Intel Corp
Intel Ultimate Engineering Experience
Miss Asia Sacramento Pageant
Paul Hom Asian Clinic
Rite Aid Pharmacy
UC Davis Department of Asian American Studies
UC Davis Department of Computer Science
UC Davis Graduate Group in Ecology
UC Davis Internship and Career Center (ICC)
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Office of the Vice Provost, Undergraduate Studies
UC Davis Stores
UC Davis Student Academic Success Center
UCDMC Physical Therapy Outpatient
VeriFone Systems
Westall Enterprises
Workday, Inc.

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 89 32 36.0%
2013-14 139 29 20.9%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 56.3% 21.9% 21.9% 0.0%
2013-14 74.1% 18.5% 3.7% 3.7%
2014-15 65.4% 30.8% 0.0% 3.8%
2015-16 38.1% 48.6% 5.7% 7.6%
2016-17 42.2% 46.7% 4.4% 6.7%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
Agilent Technologies Software Engineer
Amazon.com Software Development Engineer
Blackhawk Network Inc Software Engineer
Center for Mind and Brain Junior Specialist
Cisco Systems, Inc Software Engineer
Clownfish Media Web Developer
DMG Mori Seiki Software Quality Assurance Intern
E*Trade Financial Associate Engineer
E*Trade Financial Associate Software Engineer
Etherios Consultant
Facebook, Inc Software Engineer
Google, Inc Software Engineer
Hewlett-Packard Associate Software Engineer
Inflection Front End Developer
Intel Corp Software Engineer
Kontagent Software Engineer
LinkedIn Software Engineer
Nvidia Performance Analyst
Opower Software Development Engineer
Roku, Inc. Software Engineer
Saleae Software Developer
Sony Computer Entertainment America Intern
Splunk Software Engineer
Succeed.Net Lead Programmer
United States Air Force Airman First Class
ViaSat, Inc. System test engineer
Workday, Inc. Application Programmer
Workday, Inc. Associate Software Engineer
Yahoo!, Inc Software Engineer

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-13 $75,076 $73,000
2013-14 $78,428 $90,000
2014-15 $87,454 $90,000
2015-16 $82,235 $73,000
2016-17 $92,666 $90,000