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Computer Science - B.S.

COLLEGE:    College of Arts and Science

DEPARTMENT:    Department of Computer Science
241 Mathematics and Computer Science Building
Tel: 330-672-9980
E-mail: cs-ugradinfo@cs.kent.edu
Web: www.kent.edu/cas/cs

DESCRIPTION:    The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science nurtures students to become leaders in their chosen fields by integrating theory with programming and using strong student-instructor interaction, faculty-supervised team-oriented programming projects and industrial internships. Graduates secure jobs involving computer networks and software development and the design, programming and administration of computers. The program is also available as a combined B.S./M.S. degree. 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Computers influence the daily lives of almost every individual and industry in modern civilization.  Many careers in computer science involve a large amount of social interaction with users and customers to determine product requirements or problems.  Careers often require creativity and drive to develop and apply new technology.  Teams of bright, social, and creative individuals develop software.  Certainly, computer science is one of the most exciting and rewarding career choices for the future.

Computer Science graduates hold jobs in the areas of computer networking, database administration, computer-aided design such as in the auto and aviation industries; IT services (including contract based programming) for automation of industrial processes; custom computer programming services, network and information security, computer game design, computer animation, network and data communication analysis, network and system administration, financial software development, computer design and development, computer related software development, web development and management, mobile computing software development, management of large scale software systems, development of automation software, software for intelligent systems used in robotics, avionics, automation, and defense industries, data mining for planning and forecasting, medical Informatics for managing and analyzing large amount of health related data, bioinformatics to design and develop new medicines, multimedia interfaces for human ¬computer interaction.

Computer Science graduates are employed in a wide range of industries such as the auto industry, avionics industries, the telecommunications industry, manufacturing industries; transportation and postal industries, health industries, finance industries such as investment, insurance and banking, computer design and software development industries, government agencies for data and information management analysis, the corporate sector of every industry to analyze data, automate and plan tasks, and forecast sales.

According to the 2008 United States Bureau of Labor statistics, computer network, systems, and database administrators held about 961,200 jobs. There are 120,400 database administrators with a median salary, in May 2008, of $72,900.  There were 339,500 network and computer systems administrators with a median salary of $66,310; 292,000 network systems and data communication analysts with a median salary of $71,100.  In addition, about 209,300 were employed as “computer specialists” in other industries. According to this same source, there were 394,230 computer programmers with a median salary of $73,470; 494,160 computer software application engineers with a median salary of $87,900; 381,830 computer software system engineers with a median salary of $94,520. There are 191,780 other computer specialists in various industries with a median salary of $76,000.  There are 489,890 computer systems analysts with a median salary of $78,830.  There are 26,610 research computer and information scientists with a median salary of $100,900. 

The starting salary of a new computer science graduate (BS in Computer Science) in the year 2010 is estimated to be $59,700.  Job prospects are excellent, and job growth is expected to be much faster (around 20% faster) than other similar disciplines.  Salaries are growing at a healthy 4% - 6% rate per year.  According to the Northeast Ohio Information Technology Workforce (NorTech) Report, the demand for computer scientists will remain strong for years to come with demand easily outpacing supply.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)   
ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.   
GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS:
Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.00 GPA overall and 2.00 GPA in major required for graduation.

LANGUAGE
REQUIREMENT:
    Yes   
STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES:    There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.   
PROGRAM FEE:
None   
STUDENT
ORGANIZATIONS:
Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)

GRADUATE
PROGRAMS:
Computer Science (M.A. and M.S.),  Digital Sciences (M.S.)

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