Computer Science

The study of computers and computational systems, Computer Science is largely algorithms and protocols that make up information processing. Common areas of study include programming languages, software engineering, artificial intelligence (AI), database systems, security, vision and graphics, human-computer interaction, and bioinformatics and theory. Computer Science is in use in almost every business, from financial to healthcare to software. 

This popular, albeit competitive, degree is conferred at almost every level, including certificate, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. Mobile app design, electronic music engineering, programming languages, software development, and video game design (amongst much else) is all encapsulated in this field.  

Associate Degree

An associate’s degree in computer science is a good way to dip your toes in the water of this field, but is unlikely to stand out amid baccalaureate-degree holders. Generally a 2-year program requiring 60-66 credits, graduates will learn the basic practices for maintaining computers and computer systems. A standard curriculum will include web development, pre-calculus, and information systems management, along with software engineering, an introduction to statistics, and operating systems. Programming in C++ and Java will likely also be incorporated. 

Baccalaureate Degree

Baccalaureate degrees in computer science can be earned in the standard 4 years, but it’s not atypical for computer science majors to spend six years earning their degree, especially if the math and science requirements are steep. Data structures, systems operation, theory of computation, data communication, software engineering, and calculus are all on the docket for a bachelor’s in computer science. 

A bachelor’s degree for this major can come in two forms: a bachelor of art or a bachelor of science. The BA and BS share the same foundation, but the bachelor of art will be surrounded by a liberal arts curriculum, while a bachelor of science will focus more heavily on math and science. A BS is ideal for engineering and other math-intensive fields, while a BA is good for technical professionals and leaders. The degrees are ultimately viewed similarly in the working world. 

Graduate Degree

A Master’s degree isn’t necessary for all fields of Computer Science, but can be required when research and development are part of the career goal, such as with AI. Computer language theory and advanced algorithms are core aspects of a master program, along with software development. Depending on the top of program, they can often be completed in one or two years and there are a few options, depending on whether the institution requires a thesis or project as the final culmination of the degree. 

A PhD in Computer Science is typically reserved for academia. Programs take between 4 and 7 years and are solely dedicated to the a single specialization, typically towards a new discovery in that field. 

With technology advancing at a rapid pace, certification plays a different role in Computer Science than it does in other fields. There are any number of classes, certifications,  programs, and licensing options available to computer science graduates, and they’re largely to keep professionals up-to-date on all of the latest technology, innovations, and discoveries. Even for those with a doctorate in computer science, periodically taking courses and certifications will play a vital role in this career. 

Careers in this field include: Application Analyst, Applications Developer, Data Analyst, Web Developer/Designer, UX Designer, Systems Analyst, Software Engineer, Multimedia Programmer, Games Developer, Forensic Computer Analyst, Database Administrator, Cyber Security Analyst, Network Engineer.

Salaries vary based on focus, but entry-level salaries are typically between $58,000 and $66,000. 

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Nestled between several mountain ranges and national forests, Mt. San Jacinto College is a community college with campuses in the southern California towns of Banning, Menifee, San Jacinto, and Temecula. Upon completing 60 units of coursework at MSJC...

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Lake Area Technical Institute is a 2-year technical college and the first technical school in South Dakota. Lake Area Tech features 30 academic programs in technical and career-based fields and 12 degrees that are available entirely online. The LATI...

The Master's University

The Master’s University is a conservative, Christian, liberal arts university located in Santa Clarita, CA. The tree-filled, 95-acre campus offers 14 undergraduate majors and 4 graduate degrees, as well as teaching credentials and dual-enrollment...

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New River Community and Technical College is a 2-year institution with four campuses serving a 9-county area in southeast West Virginia. New River offers degrees and certificates in 66 academic programs. All new students are required to complete an...

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Northern Vermont Universty-Johnson

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With two campuses a short distance from the Columbia River, Columbia Gorge Community College is a 2-year college in northern Oregon. CGCC is home to seven academic divisions hosting over 13 degree and 14 certificate-granting programs. As an...

Calvary University is a Christian college with campuses in Missouri and Colorado that utilizes The Bible as its educational foundation. Calvary is home to over 50 bachelor’s degree programs and every class includes The Bible as a required textbook...

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Minnesota West Community and Technical College is a 2-year institution with five campuses and two extension sites in southwest Minnesota. Minnesota West offers degrees and certificates in over 60 academic subjects. Of those, 46 degrees and...

Established in 1994, York County Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Wells, Maine. YCCC offers nearly 30 associate’s degree programs and 10 certificate programs in a variety of career-oriented fields of study, including many...

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With campus a short drive from the Great Salt Lake, Stevens-Henager College West Haven is a technical school in Ogden. The West Haven campus offers 3-year bachelor’s degree programs in Business, Healthcare, Technology, and Graphic Arts. For all...

CUNY Graduate School and University Center

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Originally founded as Intermountain Business College, Stevens-Henager College is an institution for adult and working students with a main campus in northern Utah and branch campuses throughout Utah and Idaho. Stevens-Henager is home to four schools...

Concordia University Nebraska is a private, Christ-centered institution established in the city of Seward and is part of the Concordia University System. The college’s 85-acre campus is home to over 20 academic buildings and residence halls, and...

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Headquartered in a five-story campus building, Stevens-Henager College Boise is a school of business and health sciences in Idaho’s state capitol. SHC Boise confers bachelor’s and associate degrees in Healthcare, Technology, and Business. In addition...

Cochise County Community College District

 

Cochise College is a 2-year community college in southern Arizona. The college grants degrees and certificates in over 70 fields of study, including over 50 workforce development and certificate programs. Cochise also offers the FlyCochise...

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Named for the Thames, Yantic, and Shetucket Rivers, Three Rivers Community College is a 2-year institution in southeast Connecticut. TRCC is home to five academic departments offering associate degree and certificate-granting programs as well as an...

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Nestled between the Rio Grande and Taos Pueblo, the University of New Mexico-Taos is a 2-year community college and a branch campus of the UNM system. UNM-Taos is home to over 30 associate degree and certificate-granting academic programs. In...

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Stevens-Henager College Orem is a school of business and health sciences in Provo. The Orem campus offers 3-year bachelor’s degrees and 20-month associate degrees in Healthcare, Technology, and Business. In addition to classroom space, the Orem...

Established in 1994, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Johnstown, with five satellite facilities throughout the state. Penn Highlands offers nearly 40 certificate, diploma, and associate’s degree...

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Sinte Gleska University is a 4-year, tribal institution located in Mission, South Dakota. Sinte Gleska offers over 20 academic programs, awarding certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees. The college’s campus...

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Located in the capital city of San Juan, the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico Metro campus is a 4-year institution with Christian roots and the most urban location in the Inter-American University system. IAUPR Metro is composed of seven...

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Bethel College-Kansas

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The Air Force Institute of Technology is a graduate institution established in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Although many of the college’s students are affiliated with the Air Force, AFIT serves students from a wide variety of backgrounds...

Established in 1912, Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German is a private, 4-year institution located in southwestern Puerto Rico. The college offers over 30 undergraduate programs and 15 postgraduate programs, awarding degrees from an...

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Copper Mountain College is a public, 2-year institution established on a rural campus in Joshua Tree, California. CMC offers associate’s degrees and certificates in nearly 30 areas of study, with courses following a 2-year rotation cycle. The college...

Originally founded as a teacher’s college, Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamón is a Christian institution and a north Puerto Rico campus in the Inter American system. The Bayamón campus offers degree-granting programs in seven business...

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Originally begun as a teacher training institution, the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (Inter American University of Puerto Rico) in Ponce is a Christian university in southern Puerto Rico. Inter Ponce hosts five academic divisions...

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One of two mainland campuses in the PUPR system, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Orlando is a university specializing in business and technical subjects. PUPR Orlando offers degrees and certificates in 12 fields of study in the business...

Established in 1885, the University of Arizona-South is a public, 4-year institution with campuses located in Sierra Vista, Tucson, Chandler, Douglas, Nogales, Phoenix, and Yuma. UA South offers 20 undergraduate degree and certificate programs, two...

Originally founded as the American Business College, American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamón is an institution of higher learning in northern Puerto Rico and a campus in the AUPR system. AUPR offers 12 bachelor’s degree majors as well as eight...

Originally founded as a regional college, the University of Puerto Rico Arecibo is a public university in northern Puerto Rico. UPRA offers bachelor’s degrees in 14 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom space, the UPRA campus includes...

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With campus overlooking the Kanawha River, BridgeValley Community and Technical College is a 2-year community and vocational college in central West Virginia. BridgeValley confers associate degrees in over 35 fields of study and is home to over 20...

Established in 1956, the Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo is a private, 4-year institution located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The university offers over 40 undergraduate and technical degree and certificate programs, as well as five...

Originally housed in a local high school, Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla is a Christian institution and a campus of IAUPR in northwest Puerto Rico. IAUPR Aguadilla is home to seven academic departments hosting degree and...

East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program is a public, 2-year institution located in West Covina, California. The institution’s post-secondary division features 11 career-oriented associate’s degree and certificate programs, preparing...

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The College of Graduate and Extended Studies is a branch institution of Central Methodist University, primarily located in Fayette, Missouri with satellite campuses throughout the region. CGES offers over 30 undergraduate and postgraduate degree...

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Pine Technical and Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Pine City, Minnesota. PTCC offers nearly 30 academic programs throughout 11 fields of study, awarding certificates, diplomas, and degrees up to an associate’s level...

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TrineOnline is the internet hub for Trine University’s online classes dedicated to non-traditional students. TrineOnline offers bachelor’s, master’s, and associate degree programs in the departments of Business Administration, Management, Engineering...

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Fajardo is a Christian university and a regional campus of the IAUPR system. The Fajardo campus is the only institution of higher learning to offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the northeast Puerto Rico...

Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Barranquitas is a Christian-centered institution and the first regional college in the IAUPR system. Located in central Puerto Rico, the Barranquitas campus is home to 22 bachelor’s degree programs. IAUPR...

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Formed by a partnership between Japan’s Toyota Technological Institute and the University of Chicago, the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago is a graduate school of computer science. TTIC offers a PhD in Computer Science with a focus on...

CollegeAmerica-Phoenix is a private, 4-year institution located in Arizona. The college offers 11 associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in Business, Healthcare, and Technology, as well as 26 undergraduate and graduate programs online through...

CollegeAmerica-Fort Collins is a career-focused institution and a branch campus of the CollegeAmerica system in northern Colorado. The Fort Collins campus offers bachelor’s and associate degrees in the fields of Information Technology, Business, and...

Virginia International University is a globally-focused 4-year university in the Washington, DC, metro area serving a student body of diverse national and cultural backgrounds. VIU is home to seven academic departments conferring bachelor’s degrees...

Clovis Community College is a 2-year community college in California’s Central Valley and part of the State Center Community College District. Clovis confers associate degrees in 33 academic fields of study and is home to 27 certificate-granting...

Bryn Mawr College

Founded in 1885, Bryn Mawr College is a women’s liberal arts institution in the greater Philadelphia area and part of the Seven Sisters. Bryn Mawr offers undergraduate degrees in 37 majors and was the first women’s college to confer a PhD...

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Concordia University-Montreal

Concordia University in Montreal is the best university in Canada under 50 years old, according to the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, and among the largest, with 50,000 students. Class sizes are nonetheless small, with an...

Saint Louis University-Madrid

Saint Louis University is a Jesuit institution with campuses in St. Louis, Missouri and Madrid, Spain. The Madrid Campus offers you a multicultural environment where you can discover the world while you earn your fully accredited U.S. degree from a...

University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is an institution located in the city of the same name. Founded in 1881, the redbrick university is proud of their founding mission, ‘for the advancement of learning and enoblement of life,’ which they still maintain today...

Imperial College London