The University of Rio Grande's RIO SENSE (Software Engineering for National Security Enterprise) is a Bachelor of Computer Science degree designed to train students to solve some of our country's most difficult problems in national security and intelligence. RIO SENSE provides students with real-world skills they need to succeed in a rapidly growing industry. Students will be mentored by experts in military intelligence as they master leading edge methods & technologies such as:

  • Linux Operating Systems
  • Java, Python, C, and other Programming Languages
  • Encryption Algorithms
  • Database Programming
  • Web Development
  • Mobile Application design
  • Network Design, Security and Penetration Testing
  • Scrum Methodology
  • And More!


RIO SENSE students will also have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through summer internships with with local companies and organizations. 

The RIO SENSE program is designed for students interested in or already in the process of pursuing a degree in Computer Science or Software Development/Engineering. The program is best suited for students who are mathematically skilled, problem solvers, technology early adopters, critical thinkers, self-organizers, and team players.

Students interested in RIO SENSE may apply through the Rio Grande web site Please submit the application for admission, high school transcripts, and transcripts for other colleges you may have attended. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. The deadline for priority scholarship consideration is March 1. Check available scholarship opportunities and complete the University of Rio Grande Academic Excellence Scholarship application.

Contact Admissions: Email or call Admissions at 1-800-282-7201, ext. 7208.

Degree Requirements: 

  Course Checklist,    Recommended Course Sequence
Bachelor of Science - Comprehensive Major in Computer Science with Concentration in Software Engineering for National Security Enterprise. (30461)

  General Education must include MTH 15105


  CS 20104
, CS 20204CS 21503CS 22003CS 31503CS 32003

  CS 33403CS 34103,CS 41103CS 44303, CS 28802 (National Security Seminars),

  CS 29101 (Internship)CS 29102 (Internship), CS 29103 (Internship)


  CS Electives selected from: CS 35103CS 41503CS 42503

CS 43503CS 46403


  MTH 25403


  BM 20403, 24503


  Selected Minor and Personal electives


  Total hours needed to graduate (minimum)