Major to Career: Computer Science

Computer science is the systematic study of computing systems and computation. The body of knowledge resulting from this discipline contains theories for understanding computing systems and methods, design methodology, algorithms and tools, methods for the testing of concepts, methods of analysis and verification, and knowledge representation and implementation.

The computer science major trains you in the theory and design of computing systems and software, as well as in important application areas. Your course work balances the need to keep up-to-date with the latest technology with the need to acquire a conceptual foundation that will last throughout your career. If you like mathematical and logical puzzles, using programming to solve real-world problems, explore mathematics, giving precise and elegant explanations for how things work, and building mechanical or electronic gadgets, this is a major you might like.

In this major you study many abstract concepts and examine fundamental notions such as mathematical proof, knowledge, computability, and randomness in a new light. You will be dealing with computers, so you will learn to use precise programming languages. You will learn the abstract and immediately applicable skills needed to help you adapt to rapid changes in technology.

  • Active listener
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Creativity
  • Critical reading/thinking skills
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Good research skills
  • Teamwork and mental stamina
  • Writing skills
  • Accountant
  • Contract Administration
  • Information Scientist
  • Research Analyst
  • Actuary
  • Cost Estimator/Analyst
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Risk & Insurance Specialist
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Cryptographer/Cryptologist
  • Investment Banker
  • Risk Analyst
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Data Control Administration
  • ISO 2000 Specialist
  • Robotics Programmer
  • Applications Programmer
  • Data Processing Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Satellite Communications Specialist
  • Applied Science Technologist
  • Database Manager
  • Mathematician
  • Software Development Specialist
  • Artificial Intelligence Programmer
  • Demographer
  • Media Buyer
  • Software Engineer
  • Astronomer
  • Econometrician
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  • Investment Manager
  • Economist
  • Mortgage Researcher
  • Statistician
  • Biometrician
  • EDP Auditor
  • Network Programmer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Commodity Manager
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  • Numerical Analyst
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  • Engineer
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  • Pollution Meteorologist
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  • External Auditor
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  • Weight Analyst
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