Bachelor in Computer Science

General

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Program Description

Students who major in computer science will find themselves with the skills that drive advances in tomorrow's business, industry, and homes. You'll be taught by a diverse faculty whose global research and reputations mean you'll focus on the latest computer science advancements. You'll start with theoretical and practical application courses such as programming, data structures, operating systems, problem-solving, digital logic, data algorithms, and ethics. Later, you'll choose specialization courses such as artificial intelligence, distributed systems, parallel computing, networks, computer security, database systems, programming languages, advanced computer architecture, and software engineering.

Program Highlights

  • Opportunity to apply for National Science Foundation STEM scholarships offering up to $12,000 for two years.
  • Well-equipped, updated laboratories.
  • Laboratory projects that are considered graduate-level work.
  • Industry ties for internships and jobs.
  • Student-faculty collaboration on research with immediate applications.
  • Active student chapter of the ACM, a national professional organization.
  • Select classes are available online.

Program Distinctions

  • 100% job placement past 5 years for computer science graduates.
  • 1 of 2 Minnesota schools accredited by Computing Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineers Technology.
  • 1 of 262 U.S. schools accredited by Computing Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineers Technology.
  • Notable alumna: Beth Sorensen '90 is vice president of products for MakeMusic Inc. and was a leader in the development of Finale, a music notation program that is now the industry standard for composers, arrangers, musicians, teachers, and publishers. Finale was used in movies such as "Argo" and "Lincoln" and at the Juilliard Conservatory and Berklee music college.

Student Organizations

  • SCSU Computer Science Club (Association for Computing Machinery)
  • Games Club
  • Math Club

University Facts & Stats

  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered
  • 25 years of residential math-science-computer camps for youth
  • More than 600 student veterans and active military enrolled
  • 1,100+ international students
  • $106 million in scholarships loans and grants

Popular Careers

  • Information Systems Manager
  • Network Specialist
  • Web Design/Maintenance
  • Database Developer
  • Database Administration
  • Programmer
  • Systems Analyst

Job/Career Titles

  • Computer Engineer
  • Computer Systems Operations
  • Computer Technician
  • Consultant
  • Customer/Technical Support
  • Database Administration
  • Database Developer
  • Hardware/Software Engineer
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Instructional Technology
  • Internet/Intranet Administrator
  • Internet Programmer
  • Network Specialist
  • Policy Analysis
  • Programmer
  • Project Manager
  • Research & Development*
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Security Systems
  • Systems Analyst
  • Teacher/Professor*
  • Web Design/Maintenance

*Advanced education preferred

Employers

General Industry

  • Colleges & Universities
  • Computer & Internet Companies
  • Consulting Firms
  • Data Management Firms
  • Financial Institutions
  • Government Agencies
  • Healthcare Services
  • Software/Hardware Manufacturers
  • Wholesale & Retail Business

Minnesota Employers

  • 3M
  • Cargill
  • Equus Computer Systems
  • General Mills
  • KellyMitchell
  • Mayo Clinic
  • MN State Institutions
  • SPX

Skills and Traits

  • Aptitude for math
  • Analytical mind
  • Communication skills
  • Computer expertise
  • Critical thinking
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ethical
  • High energy
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Manages stress
  • Problem-solving
  • Solution appraisal
  • Strong grades/GPA
  • Team player
  • Technical skills
Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

At St. Cloud State, an education is about far more than an education. It will be an opportunity to explore ideas, seek out unique perspectives and embrace new challenges – all of which will help you u ... Read More

At St. Cloud State, an education is about far more than an education. It will be an opportunity to explore ideas, seek out unique perspectives and embrace new challenges – all of which will help you unleash your true potential. You will make life-long memories on our 100-acre campus along the scenic Mississippi River. Futures that begin here might seem unassuming at first, but like the mighty Mississippi River, they quickly gather strength. Growing. Surging. Until they're seemingly unstoppable. If you're looking for choice, we've got that covered. We have more than 200 undergraduate programs of study and more than 60 graduate programs, holding nearly every available national accreditation. Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State has evolved into a comprehensive university. We're on a mission to unleash ideas, unleash imagination, purpose, and promise. Read less
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