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Frequently Asked Questions: Computer Science

For professional areas, including such areas as business, law, or medicine. The first year national median salary of a computer science graduate is $55,000 and the first year national average salary is $56,000. Computer Science graduates who excel academically and participate in internship and research opportunities have reported first year salaries as high as $78,000.


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1. How should I prepare for the Computer Sciences program in high school? (top)

A successful Computer Science student is a person with diverse skills. Most important are problem solving skills, imagination, and creativity. Depending on particular specializations, students will make use of strong skills in organization, writing, graphical design, and communication.

In high school take calculus, computer-related classes, if offered, and a variety of science courses. It is strongly recommended that you continue taking foreign language and writing courses for as many years as possible.

2. What courses will I take as a Computer Sciences student? (top)

In your first two years, you will take courses in Foundations of Computer Science, Object-Oriented Programming (in Java, C, and C++), Computer Architecture, and Data Structures. You will also take three semesters of calculus, English composition, and four semesters of foreign language. Later in the curriculum, you will also be required to take: lab science courses, linear algebra, general education electives, and additional computer science courses.

Typical First-Year Coursework - See Computer Science Degree Progression Guides

* Students must earn a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate, which is an average of 15 credit hours / per semester.

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