Computer Science FAQ

What is computer science?

It is a discipline that involves the scientific study of algorithms and the problems they might solve.

Who should study computer science?

Individuals who are interested in artificial intelligence, forensics, graphics, modeling & simulation, natural language processing, networks, parallel and distributed processing, security, software engineering systems, algorithms, discrete mathematics, logic, and optimization should seriously consider entry into the field.

What background is needed to enter undergraduate program?

Experience with computers and math is helpful, but not required.

What about background for graduate degrees?

For master’s admission, students need a baccalaureate degree with at least a minor or its equivalent in computer science or mathematics or a combination. Students deficient in mathematics or computer science must take undergraduate courses during the first year of graduate study.

To pursue a doctorate, a bachelor's degree is necessary.  A major in computer science or mathematics is desirable, but not necessary. Deficiencies in computer science or mathematics must be made up during the first year of graduate study.

What kind of jobs does a degree in computer science lead to?

It leads to careers including programming, systems analysis; network administration, database development, security analysis, Information Technology, software engineering, and many more.

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