Why Computer Science?

 

Why Computer Science?

Computer Science offers a foundation that permits graduates to adapt to new technologies and new ideas.  The work of computer science graduates falls into three categories:

  • Designing and building software;
  • Developing effective ways to solve computing problems, such as storing information in databases, sending data over networks or providing new approaches to security problems; and
  • Devising new and better ways of using computers and addressing particular challenges in areas such as robotics, computer vision, or digital forensics.

Check out the "Why Choose CSE" video series from University of Washington.

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What I can do with a Computer Science Degree?

Those who seek a college degree in Computer Science will find out that such a degree opens the door to a variety of exciting career choices.  You can choose to work in IT field as professional software developers and engineers, database administrator, and network administrator.  You can also go into other fields as engineers, business analysts, biologists, researchers, or IT support/technician.  With technologies embrace institutions, businesses, and organizations, the list is endless. 

Check out the Degree and Career guide from Association of Computing Machineary (ACM), one of the top professional societies in Computing fields. 

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Isn't IT market going down and jobs going offshore?

You probably read this somewhere, or heard of it from your friends or neighbors.  Is this really true? Read the links below, and then decide yourself:

  • Software Engineer ranks as the best job of 2011, according to this year's Jobs Rated report.  Computer Systems Analyst ranked #5.  See the complete list in "The 10 Best Jobs of 2011", reported by JobsRated.com in January 2011.  The report also suggests that continuing a recent trend, a majority of the jobs that rank in the top 10 this year require proficiency in math, science or technology, and all of them require higher education or specialized training.
  • The market for U.S.-based computing careers is expected to thrive, according to the Occupational Projections for 2008-2018 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  The BLS projects that computing will be one of the fastest-growing U.S. job markets in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for the foreseeable future. Nearly 3 out of 4 new science or engineering jobs in the U.S. are going to be in computing. View figure and full article

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What is Digital Arts?

The Digital Arts program focuses on creative expression using digital technology. Students are encouraged to investigate aesthetic and perceptual possibilities as they engage in alternative art discourses. Digital Arts courses investigate theoretical, aesthetic, and technical information while providing hands-on-experience with state-of-the-art equipment. The courses merge the technical and aesthetic aspects of Digital Arts.  Digital Arts is an exciting area with dynamic, ambitious, self-motivated students who push themselves and their artwork to the edge.

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What do Game Development students do?

Video Game Development program prepares students for immediate entry into the expanding interactive entertainment industry. If you love playing video games and think that you might like designing them yourself or being part of their creation, enrolling in a Game Development degree program could be just the right move.

Seeing the creation of a video game through from start to finish can be a thrilling and rewarding experience.  Our Game Development program can give you first-hand experience doing just that. You'll learn every facet of creating a challenging, visually stunning, and, most importantly, fun game.

Take a look of some games our students have developed on the Sample Student Work page.

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Last updated on January 5, 2012
Computer Science & Digital Arts