MSU Bagley College of Engineering announces new undergraduate degree in artificial intelligence

May 24, 2024

MSU Bagley College of Engineering has launched a new, groundbreaking Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence degree program, which will begin in Fall 2024.

The Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence at MSU is a comprehensive degree that offers a robust curriculum encompassing computer science, statistics and probability theory, data analytics, cognitive science, machine learning, robotics, ethics in AI, and specialized electives. Students will gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience through collaborative projects, an AI capstone, and extensive research opportunities, preparing them for diverse careers in technology, healthcare, and more.

The innovative program is designed to equip students with the critical knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience necessary to excel in the rapidly expanding field of artificial intelligence. Dean Jason Keith emphasized the program's significance for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Bagley College of Engineering, and the university. He emphasized how the program aligns with the university’s mission to stay at the forefront of technological advancements and its commitment to providing students with cutting-edge education.

“For many years, The Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University has been active in research and education in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. Within the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, we developed three new degrees in cybersecurity and now are unveiling the Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence - a comprehensive degree program designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and expertise required to become proficient in design and development of Artificial Intelligence systems,” Keith said.

MSU's introduction of the AI degree marks a significant milestone in the state of Mississippi. The program stands out as the only one of its kind in Mississippi and positions MSU as a regional leader in AI education and innovation.

Shahram Rahimi, department head for computer science and engineering, echoed Keith and added that the program's introduction has transformative potential for Mississippi State, attracting distinguished faculty and students and fostering innovative research.

“The introduction of the Bachelor of Science degree in AI marks a transformative milestone for our department. This program not only enhances our curriculum by incorporating cutting-edge AI technologies but also positions us at the forefront of innovation and research. It will attract top-tier faculty and students, foster interdisciplinary collaborations, and prepare our graduates to lead in the rapidly evolving AI industry," Rahimi said.

He added that unlike other computer science degrees, MSU's AI program offers a focused curriculum on AI-specific subjects such as machine learning, neural networks, natural language processing, and computer vision. The degree prepares students for specialized careers in AI development and research, contrasting with the broader career pathways available to traditional computer science graduates. The program provides deeper expertise in AI techniques, integrates interdisciplinary coursework from fields like mathematics and cognitive science, and emphasizes hands-on experience through AI-specific research projects and internships.

The program consists of 120 credit hours over four years. Core classes include AI Fundamentals, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Introduction to Machine Learning, AI Robotics, Machine Learning and Soft Computing, and AI Capstone I & II.

For more information on admissions and program details, please contact program coordinator Andy Perkins at

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By Camille Carskadon