Computer science is associated with the development and analysis of computer software, computer algorithms, and computing technologies. Most “information age” technologies — e-mail, Web browsing, e-commerce — are the end result of years of work by computer scientists and engineers. Computer science encompasses computer graphics, computer networking, software engineering, databases, operating systems, artificial intelligence, computer security, compilers, and many other areas.
Career possibilities for computer science graduates are many. Most Russ College graduates become computer scientists in a range of industries, such as computer software, networking, consulting, insurance, and banking. Graduates have gone on to work for such high-profile companies as Microsoft, Amazon.com, GE, NCR, Boeing, and Lexis-Nexis. While starting salaries vary widely, computer science graduates are typically well-paid. The National Association of Colleges and Employers recently reported that the average annual salary for computer science graduates was more than $50,000.
Most students interested in computer science enroll in the Bachelor of Science degree program offered by the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. Exceptionally well qualified students may consider applying for the Honors Tutorial Program in Computer Science offered by the Honors Tutorial College. Both programs are maintained by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Some current students are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree programs in Computer Science. The BS program in the College of Arts and Sciences was discontinued in the 2005-6 academic year. The BA degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences will be discontinued in the 2006-7 academic year, and will no longer be available to students entering during or after the 2006-7 school year. Additional information on these discontinued programs can be found in the undergraduate documents.
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