Major Monday: Computer Science

Are you a logical thinker and a strong communicator?  Do you enjoy using creativity to solve complex problems?  Do you have a strong interest in and aptitude for computers?  If so, Computer Science may be the right major for you!

General Description:  Students majoring in Computer Science learn about computer systems and the way that humans and computers interact.  Most Computer Science degrees include a strong programming component, where students learn how to design software programs to increase efficiency or address problems in computer systems.

Education Requirements:  Most entry level jobs in Computer Science require a Bachelor’s Degree.  Many people choose to pursue a Master’s degree or PhD in Computer Science in order to rise to higher level jobs in the field or specialize in a specific area.

Types of Courses:  Computer Programming, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Digital System Design, Data Structure and Algorithms, Theory and Design of Software.

Colleges with Computer Science:  Bentley University (Waltham, MA), Adelphi University (Garden City, NY), Bridgewater State University (Bridgewater, MA), Connecticut College (New London, CT), Daniel Webster College (Nashua, NH), Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)

Salary and Job Projections:  With a Bachelor’s degree, many Computer Science graduates enter the workforce as software developers.  This is an extremely lucrative field–as of 2012 the median annual salary for this career was $93,350!  It is also expected to see job growth of 22% between 2012 and 2022, which is much higher than average.  Computer Science graduates may also become computer programmers.  The median salary for this career is also substantial:  $74,280; the predicted job growth is about average at 8%.

Tip:  If you are considering majoring in Computer Science, think about taking Calculus, Statistics or one or more of the elective Computer courses offered at LC.  These classes will help prepare you for college and also give you a better idea of what to expect from a Computer Science curriculum!

Sources:

http://www.seas.gwu.edu/~simhaweb/misc/cscareers.html

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Computer-and-Information-Technology/Software-developers.html

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