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Computer Science and Information Systems


Computer Science is basically the study of problem solving on computers. We utilize the power of computers in the problem solving process while dealing with the constraints of computers. We offer to the undergraduate a rich mix of pure and modern Computer Science courses. Common to these offerings are the power, beauty, and utility of computational thought.

Applications of Computer Science knowledge include almost every field from business to education, from humanities to social sciences, or from natural sciences to engineering. Therefore, the study of Computer Science contains many fields such as computer architecture, programming languages, computer networking, database systems, information management, artificial intelligence and numerical analysis.

The Option in Computer Information Systems prepares students for positions of responsibility in the commercial environment by combining the appropriate computer courses with substantial coursework in the foundations of business. The Computer Information Systems option emphasizes data processing and programming to solve business-related problems. Being housed in the Computer Science Department, this option emphasizes solid technical knowledge of software and hardware.

Hundreds of job advertisements looking for Computer Science professionals appear in newspapers, professional magazines and newsletters. Due to the enormous demand, degree holders in Computer Science have multiple paths to reach their career goals. They can easily find jobs with excellent pay in many businesses and industries and their job titles include positions such as: programmers, system analyst/engineer/managers, software analyst/engineer/managers, database managers, network/telecommunications administrators, customer service representative/managers, computer instructors, technical trainers, technical support, management information system managers, and sales representatives.

The Cal State San Marcos undergraduate study in Computer Science emphasizes both theoretical foundations and practical applications. Students will learn algorithms, data structures, software design, the concepts of programming languages, computer organization, and computer architecture. The program stresses analysis and design experiences with substantial laboratory work, including software development.

The Computer Science major prepares students for careers in applications programming, system analysis, and software engineering, as well as for entrance into graduate and professional schools.