Why Study Computer Science
Computer science is the blend of creative problem solving and engineering principles. Computer scientists are involved in all aspects of computers and their uses from designing hardware and software to organizing and maintaining computer systems in an organization.
Computers and computer scientists affect virtually all aspects of today’s world.
You will begin by studying the basic concepts underlying computer science, such as algorithms, programming languages, software development, and hardware design. Advanced course work includes specialized topics, such as networks, graphics, and artificial
Why Study Computer Science at Ship
Graduates of Shippensburg University’s computer science program are contributing to every branch in the field. Our graduates are employed at well-known corporations and have even started their own multimillion-dollar businesses.
Our students have full access to a wide variety of computing equipment. The Mathematics and Computer Technologies Center is home to the
Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the university’s Information and Computing Technologies Center (ICTC). These departments work together to provide state-of-the-art computing facilities for our students. All campus computing facilities
have access to the Internet, and students are provided with e-mail accounts and space for web pages. Access to computer labs is available 24-7.
There are many computing resources available, including:
- Classrooms with up-to-date PC or Mac machines with Linux and possibly Mac OS-X at each seat
- High-end Apple workstations with a Gigabit network for tasks that require high performance computing
- An 802.11 wireless network covers all of our classrooms, labs, and study areas
- Student accounts on the dedicated department servers allow students to store their files in a central location
- Academic partnerships with Microsoft, IBM, Sun, and Oracle
- Software used in the classrooms is also installed in the labs or available for student’s personal computers
- Resources to support specific parts of our program, including robot toolkits and hand held computers
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
Careers are as varied as the organizations using computers. A hospital computer programmer has quite a different career from a programmer at a missile installation. Our graduates are prepared to enter the field as computer programmers and systems analysts. Systems
analysts organize and define information and processes for computerizing tasks in various organizations. They combine their knowledge of both the organization and computer information systems to provide an automated operation. Computer programmers work closely with the
requirements of an organization to actually develop the computer instructions to produce the desired results. Often the two positions overlap.
The need for personnel to maintain existing software and to produce new products is quite high. National projections indicate computer science is one of the fastest growing occupations. Students who successfully complete our program have multiple job opportunities.
The average salary for computer science jobs in PA is $50,000.